Five ways to Transition to a Vegan Diet - Part 5
Part 5: Transition to a vegan diet by percentage of food
For math lovers, you could transition to a vegan diet by percentages. For one week, eliminate animal products from 25 % of the food (calories) you eat. Then slowly increase the percentage of plant-based foods week after week by larger and larger percentages until you are 100% vegan.
This method requires only a little math and some planning. You already eat some food that’s vegan, so you have a head start from the get go.
Any of these methods are valid if you want to ease into veganism. One trick to aid in your success is to try to reduce and eliminate as many processed foods from you diet as you can to give yourself a chance to begin to love the taste of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts again. Another bit of advice is to be patient with yourself by celebrating your successes and trying again when you slip up.
Processed foods are difficult to eliminate but to built-in cravings. We’ll talk about that in other blog posts. With all these changes, it’s good to know that it’s not just you who is having cravings and might feel that you can’t do it.
It’s biology. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, says in this book Eat to Live, “Cravings are not the result of hunger, they are the result of toxic habits. Anyone seeking to adopt a healthy diet must accept that there will be a period (generally six weeks or less) during which the body will attempt to detoxify.”
So, during that six weeks, expect to be uncomfortable and to have cravings. Stick with it. It does go away, and you will begin to love your new food. And the health benefits are worth going through the transition period.
Here are links to the other parts of this series.