Mindful March: Is It Time To Try Vegan?
More and more people are looking to try a vegan lifestyle, and you can see why!
It’s a great way to ensure you’re doing your bit for the environment (mass farming and air freighting meat contribute massively to rising CO2 levels) and is of course ethically kinder to Mother Earth’s animals (industrially farmed animals have a terrible quality of life and their living conditions are poor). Did you know that livestock and their byproducts are accountable for 51% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions?
Also, the quality of meat is questionable as it can be pumped with additives, water, and chlorine. What must that be doing to our bodies, huh?
A lot of people are turning toward veganism for their general health too. Plant-based diets have been found to lower your risk of some cancers and developing type 2 diabetes. Being a vegan can absolutely contribute to bringing your bodyweight down, too. Vegans burn calories 16% quicker than the average meat-eater for the first few hours after meals! In addition, this kind of diet can help lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure.
The benefits of veganism are clear! So maybe this Mindful March, we should all be giving it a try… But it can be a lot to get your head around. Changing your lifestyle drastically in this way can mean a lot of label reading and a lot more conscious thought, which can be off-putting. So below, Team Organica has put together 6 things to think about if you’re looking to start introducing veganism into your day to day life. A vegan lifestyle can be a wonderfully wholesome way to support you in feeling and looking your natural best inside and out, whilst doing your bit for Mother Nature in return!
First, Be A Flexitarian
If you’re curious about trying a vegan diet, but have been a meat eater your entire life, it can be daunting at first! Why not try a slow introduction, and be flexible with it. Start by trying different versions of milk (instead of dairy, try alternatives like oat, soya, rice, or coconut). Then try a meat substitute in a favorite recipe and serve to the whole family - make it a conversation about what differences there are. Or perhaps just aim for one completely vegan meal a day for a few weeks - even a little contribution to change like this can make a real difference!
Know Where To Find Protein
Firstly, becoming protein deficient is really rare in the western world. but it’s one of the first concerns for those considering a plant-based diet. It’s actually a myth that you can’t get protein from plants! Beans, lentils, chickpeas, soy products, peanut butter, cashew nuts, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds are all loaded with amino acids and protein, so just be sure to add them into your recipes.
Vitamin B12 & Calcium
If we don’t get enough of Vitamin B12, we can feel lethargic, exhausted and weak. Vitamin B12 typically comes from meat, eggs, and dairy which we’re having none of in a vegan diet. The easiest way to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance is by taking a supplement. If you’re taking a multivitamin tablet already, check the label as you’re probably already getting your B12 from these. Alternatively, Vitamin B12 is found in fortified foods (often clearly labeled on food packets) like breakfast cereals, dairy alternatives like dairy-free spreads and milk and yeast extract.
Calcium is also vital for our bone health, so it’s good to know where else in your diet you can keep up with calcium. What’s brilliant is that fortified plant milk contains the same amount of calcium as cow’s milk. Fortified dairy-free yogurt and calcium-set tofu are also rich in calcium too. Calcium can also be take as a supplement if you’re concerned.
If your social circle isn’t sharing in your vegan curiosity, it can be hard to go and visit without them bending over backward to accommodate you - it can be uncomfortable being that guest when your pals see cooking vegan-friendly as an effort or a problem. There also needs to be an element of trust that they’ll actually cook your option fully vegan too. Offer to bring a dish with you! Not only are you taking the stress away from them, you’ll be able to show the deliciousness of a vegan dish to everyone who isn’t! Always communicate clearly with anyone hosting you in advance of your dietary requirements, particularly if they're insistent of cooking for you.
It’s OK To Slip Up
Humans make mistakes. We’re imperfect beings, and it’s OK to accidentally put regular milk in your coffee or eat something on offer at a party you assumed was vegan, but actually isn't… Or in the early days, sometimes you might even forget! It’s OK. The important part of any lifestyle change is the intention – you want to try because you believe in the value of a vegan diet, so just try again and keep trying.
What About Your Makeup & Skincare Products?
Yep, sometimes your favorite beauty products have animal products in them… Or even worse, may have been tested on animals. Some mascara’s can use beeswax or honey in them, which are classed as animal products, and many brands (big names, too!) can’t guarantee their products as cruelty-free. You need to look for the Cruelty-Free International logo if you want to be sure your product hasn’t caused distress or discomfort to one of Earth’s fellow-creatures, or you need to be doing your research as to what brands and products are verifiably vegan.
Here at Organica, we are proud that we sell cruelty-free, 100% natural and high-quality products that are effective in improving your skin, health, and self. We’re passionate that mother nature knows best when it comes to beauty, and that organic, nutrient-rich, nourishing ingredients are the answer. All our products are plant-based, paraben-free and sulfate-free too so you can shop with confidence and serenity at Organica, naturally.
Our completely vegan products are our nourishing Nail Guardian Serum, our calming Pure Zen Roll-On, our caring Castor Oil and our smoothing Superfood Firming Serum.
So… Will you be going vegan this Mindful March?
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