If it is your desire to adopt the vegan diet, and you are overwhelmed at the idea of leaving behind your favorite foods overnight, don’t worry about that. You can still eat the food you love while in vegan diet.
One of the most daunting parts of becoming vegan is giving up flavor, textures, and dishes that have likely been in your diet forever. Before making the switch, it seems every other meal leads to something else you just couldn’t live without. And, while it’s true that going from meat-eater to vegan in one bold move will be challenging, it might not be as bad as you think.
Most likely the vegans you know or have met didn’t grow up that way, and luckily, for the recently or about-to-be converted, that means many of us also have a taste for the things you’re worried about leaving behind. So, there are a whole lot of tips and tricks for satisfying cravings without missing a beat. Here are five ways to ease the transition into the good life.
1. Rediscover Comfort Foods (In Vegan Form)
Casseroles, piles of mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, big hearty bowls of soup, and even macaroni and “cheese”—these are all viable vegan options that provide a familiar, home-cooked feeling. Seek out those old childhood favorites you used to go back home for, and odds are some sort of veganized version exists. Only this time, you’ll be getting the warm feeling as well as sound nutrition.
Here are some great recipes to get you started: