Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 2

Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 2

Part 2: Transitioning to a vegan diet by category

In Part 2 of this series, we are talking about an approach of transitioning to a vegan diet by reducing and eventually eliminating consumption of animal products one category at a time. The categories are beef, pork, chicken, fish, dairy, and eggs.

With this approach, you might, for example, eliminate all beef and all beef products during the first week.  You would continue to eat everything else in the diet you're used to (yay!), but beef is gone. 

The following week, eliminate pork (ham, bacon, etc.) from your diet as well as beef.  Continue along this theme during the following weeks by eliminating one more category of animal products per week, including chicken, (turkey, duck, etc.); fish; dairy, (yogurt, cheese, milk, etc.); and eggs.

There is no magic to the order I chose in the example above. Eliminate animal products in any order that works best for you and do it as fast or slow as desired, too. If your goal is to eliminate animal products completely, you’ll always be moving toward that goal, but this approach will give you time to adjust as you go along.

It's important to pay attention to increasing your consumption of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains as you are eliminating the animal products.  This is especially true if you aren't a big fruit and veggie eater. Try different varieties so you can begin to determine which ones you like the best. It will make your transition to new foods easier as it's good to try new things while you still have the comfort of the animal products you love. 

 

Click here If you missed Part 1: Transitioning to a vegan diet by making swaps

Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 3

Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 3

 Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 1

Five Ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 1