Time to live healthy
Time to live healthy


Some scorpion with a smile :)


I don’t know what he’s fixing, but mine just broke.

Seeing as currently I’m making the transition, I thought that I would make a post to gain a bit more of an understanding of what veganism is and how you are able to transition if this is something you want to do. 
What is veganism? 
Someone who is a vegan, avoids using or consuming animal products or brands that test on any animals.
Vegan’s do not eat meat, fish or poultry, and do not use animal products or by products for example, eggs, dairy products, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics and soaps that come from animals.
Why veganism?
There are lots of reasons why people choose a vegan lifestyle, for example, health reasons, environmental, or ethical reasons. 
What do vegan’s eat? 
Vegans eat a variety of different foods, for example all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses. There are lots of recipes from things like cakes, pizzas, curries, and many more! Trust me, you will never get bored! For more vegan recipes, click here
Vegan nutrition.
Vegan Protein: Despite popular belief that you don’t get the right amount of protein (I experienced that with my family) it is very easy for someone who follows a vegan diet to meet the recommended daily amount for protein. It is important to make sure your vary your diet. Vegan protein sources include foods like:lentils, chickpeas, tofu, peas, peanut butter, soy milk, almonds, spinach, rice, whole wheat bread, potatoes, broccoli and kale. 
Vegan Fats: Vegan diets are generally low in saturated fats, however there are healthy fats out there that should be included into your daily diet to help reduce risks of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Vegan fats include foods like: avovado, nut butters, nuts, seed butters, canola oil, and coconuts.
Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K: Calcium, vitamin d and vitamin k is extremely important for strong bones and calcium in a vegan diet can be found from dark green vegetables, tofu made from plant milks, oranges, figs, some dried beans, and dried fruits.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A can be found in root vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes, but also pumpkins, kale, turnips and beetroot greens.
Vitamin B12: To make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin B12 you can eat foods like plant milks, yoghurts, spreads, yeast extracts and nutritional yeast products, alternatively, supplements can really help to make sure that you’re getting enough.
Iron & Vitamin C: Make sure you include foods rich in vitamin c, it will help your body to absorb the iron in your meals, so dried fruits, whole grains, nuts, green leafy vegetables, seeds beans and pulses are brilliant sources of iron and vitamin C is found in colourful fruits and vegetables. 
Veganism is more than just about the food. 
Vegans avoid using animal based products in general, from accessories, clothing, bathroom items, but there are lots of alternatives out there and can be extremely affordable. Just be aware of your products, where they are coming from and look for the vegan trademark!
So how do you begin the transition?
Take it slowly. Keep in mind the reasons that you’re wanting to start a vegan lifestyle, but go at your own pace. Just because one person might take the change quite quickly doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be the same for you too. Going vegan takes some time to get used to, but it also takes time for you to determine what works best for you, and there are lots of ways to approach it. 
Make small changes to what you would normally eat every day, so maybe removing meat from your diet one day a week, and the once you’re used to one day a week (maybe stick at that for a couple of weeks) and then increase to maybe cutting cheese out once a week, but do it gradually. 
The other way of doing it would be to change one meal at a time, so for your first week have vegan breakfasts and then getting used to that, and then adding in a vegan lunch, and vegan dinner, and swap it for a few weeks so you can get used to the variety of options you have and look at what you enjoy, what works for you, and you can then enjoy it!
Another way of doing it would be trying to swap cows milk for soy or almond milk, or butter for coconut oil or margarine. There are plant based alternatives you just need to be savvy about what you’re buying and where your foods are coming from.
Make sure that you’re not missing out on the nutrients your body needs. see above about vegan nutrition you will be able to make sure that you’re getting enough of the right stuff! 
Experimenting with new foods and flavours is really important within your diet, leave your comfort zones, try new spices, new cuisines, there are lots of variety out there you just need to find out what you enjoy, how you can make your food come alive! (click here for lots of vegan recipes)
By beginning a vegan lifestyle remember that you’re always learning, finding new ways to bring your food alive, trying new combinations, enjoy the food that you’re eating! 
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are lots of support networks out there, both through tumblr and the the vegan society.
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Lots of love, Amie

There’s quite a few vegan shops like this in Madrid. There’s so much more to food than just meat and cheese :)