How To Go Vegan In 2020

It doesn't have to be hard going plant-based


The new year is just around the corner and you want to set some goals, make a few changes towards a better you.


Going vegan is the new craze, it became such a trend that somehow it might have lost its value. With lots of influencers going plant-based many people want to copy them and give this "vegan thing" a try. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but chances are, you're much more likely to stick to something if you actually do it because you want it, not because someone else did it.


There's the wrong way of trying this new "diet" and there's a right way which starts by not looking at veganism as a new "diet".

I always tell everyone wanting to work with me that what I believe in is a change in lifestyle. When looking at a change in your lifestyle as a "new diet" you might start thinking "I'll try this for a few weeks to achieve my fitness results, suffer, and then go back to my old ways."


Diets are bound to fail in the long-term. That's why I will go over the right steps with you in order to make the plant-based lifestyle as easy as possible, so that you can stick to it in the long-term.



1. Find tasty food substitutes to your favourite foods


When doing the transition to plant-based it will be more sustainable and easy on you if you jump on the substitutes wagon.


Some substitutes are healthy but the more processed a food item is the less healthy it will be. Still, they taste similar to dairy, meat, eggs which aren't good for you.


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When I visited the United States back in 2016 I fell in love with a brand called "Gardein", they offer some amazing fake meats like chicken strips and beef etc.


Let's go over some of the best vegan substitute brands that are worth a try:


Meat substitutes:

- Gardein

- Beyond Meat

- Tofurky

- Quorn

- Linda McCartney's

- THIS

- Fry's


Fish substitutes:

- Linda McCartney's

- Quorn

- Gardein


Cheese substitutes:

- Daiya

- Follow Your Heart

- Violife


Butter substitutes:

- Alpro

- Earth Balance

- Koko


Yogurt substitutes:

- Alpro

- Koko

- Silk


Milk substitutes:

- Alpro

- Koko

- Silk

- Oatly


Eggs substitutes:

- Follow Your Heart

- Just Egg

- Orgran Foods


Honey substitutes (not brands but products in this case):

- Agave syrup

- Coconut syrup

- Date paste

- Maple syrup

- Molasses

- Yacon root syrup


Other:

- Ben & Jerry's Dairy Free

- Bob's Red Mill

- Booja Booja

- Vego



2. Get a meal plan for ideas


A meal plan will give you a rough idea on some healthy, high protein meals that you can incorporate throughout the week. You don't have to go 100% vegan at once, just slowly increase your plant-based meals and decrease your meat and dairy dishes.


Meal plans are great because they are done by professionals who will be including the right amounts of foods so that you hit all your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals.



Something a lot of people fail to do so, when they go the solo route.


For tailored meal plans whether you are transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle or whether you are already vegan but are struggling on your own contact me at thevgcoach@gmail.com.



3. Buy a cookbook and/or find recipes online


Cookbooks, e-books, these "books" are filled with delicious recipes that actually teach you how to make your own vegan dishes.


You can also go the route of Googling different recipes and checking the reviews etc but I find that having a printed book or an e-book with you in your kitchen when cooking is much easier as you have everything together in one place.



4. Watch the "Game Changers"