9 Things NOT to do When Going Vegan

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So you’ve finally made the switch to the vegan life, eh? We’re glad to have you. As experienced vegans, we decided to share our insights (and mistakes).

When going vegan, everyone is keen on throwing rules at you, eat this, try that. Today we’re mixing it up and doing the complete opposite.

In this post, we’ll discuss a few key things that you shouldn’t do when going vegan. Yes, that includes making your grandma cry when you deny all her Italian delicacies.

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9 Things You Should Know Before Going Vegan

If you’re aiming for a healthy diet while staying in good standing with your friends and family, you’ll want to keep in mind these things when making the switch to veganism.

It’s all a journey so don’t feel pressured to change all at once or spend hundreds of hours doing research. Even we’re still learning!

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

This goes for restaurants, lifestyle choices, sources of information, experiences--anything! Most importantly, we think this applies to food the most.

There’s nothing worse than overusing the same ingredients over and over in the same way. Being vegan doesn’t have to be boring, and it certainly doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, if you need some inspiration, we’ve gathered our favorite go-to recipes in this article: “Best Vegan Recipes For Dinner That Can Be Made In 10 Minutes”.

A fun thing at the supermarket is buying a new ingredient you’ve never cooked with before. An artichoke, maybe? You may end up finding your new favorite food.

Luckily these days, most restaurants have vegan options, and some restaurants are entirely dedicated to being vegan. We challenge you to try something new this week.

Take yourself out on a date (to the supermarket, maybe?). After all, you’re worth it!

2. Don’t Overdo the Processed Soy

Soy, in its natural state, is great for you. Think steamed edamame...add a little cracked sea salt--major yum. As vegans, we love soy because this little bean is a power complete, power-packed protein, meaning it contains all eight amino acids. Can we get a hell, yeah? Plus, it has tons of health benefits.

What you want to watch out for is processed soy, like the stuff that makes up fake meat and cheese. Secretly you knew it couldn’t be the healthiest thing for you. Soy contains something called isoflavones which the body mimics as estrogen...and too much of anything is a bad thing.  

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3. Don’t Forget About Supplements

A vegan diet is an amazing source of fiber, vitamins C and E, magnesium, and folic acid. There’s no doubt that a vegan diet is healthy, but there are just a few supplements that we could benefit from taking.

Taking a vegan Vitamin B12 (found in meats for omnivores), a vegan omega-3 fatty acid (found in oily fish for omnivores), and vitamin D (found in animal products and the sun) are great choices for supplements to keep your vegan body in tip-top shape. Check out the benefits of these three supplements here!

At Future Kind, we focus on vegan nutrition. If you want to avoid taking handfuls of vitamins each day, then consider our vegan nutritional supplement.

Get introduced to our ingredients and see how this supplement, alongside a well-balanced vegan diet, will provide everything you need to fuel your day.

4. Don’t Replace Animal Products with Junk Food

It’s so easy to remove animal products from your diet and switch to junk food. Even Whole Foods has vegan cupcakes (and we love them with our whole heart but in moderation).

If you’re doing it for health reasons, then you know going vegan is a lot more than switching bakeries. It’s about eating a whole-food, veggie-ful, diet that will have you feeling and looking better than any $5.99 cupcake ever could.

Now’s the time to pick up your mixing bowl and spices, and get to work. Consequently, that’s exactly what we are going to talk about next.

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5. Don’t Forget How To Cook

Unless you’re going raw, don’t toss out your cookbooks or erase all knowledge of cooking. In fact, you might be cooking more than ever! (But don’t worry, it can be easy!) If you have some favorite recipes, you can swap them with vegan ingredients.

There’s no reason to throw out your grill, grill seasonings, or knives. There are plenty of vegan alternatives like mushrooms and tempeh that you can use as meat substitutes. Marinate them, throw them on the grill, and enjoy a better-than-average summer barbeque this year.  

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6. Don’t Talk Too Much

How can you tell is someone is a vegan?

Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

This old joke may have some truth to it but only because once you start feeling so amazing, you want to share this life-changing diet with everyone. If only everyone gave veganism a chance, they’d understand.

Anyone who talks about anything too much is going to be annoying; we’re looking at you, gluten-free crossfitters. Our point is simple: don’t be a gluten-free crossfitter.

We know it can be hard to keep the good news to ourselves, a new lifestyle is exciting, but when people start seeing you change (your diet, your mood, your weight, your skin), they’ll inquire (probably about your protein sources *eye roll*) and that’s when you can lay it on them.

That brings us to our seventh point….

7. Don’t Preach, Educate

People are very sensitive about food choices, we’ve seen it firsthand. Be delicate to grandma when you turn down her world-famous meatballs that she slaved over for 5 hours this morning because they used to be your favorite.

For some reason, just because someone's been eating one way for years, they think it’s the right way. You’ll find that these people want to challenge you.

Arm yourself with accurate information--it’s hard to dispute cold hard science. We’ve got all the info you need to put any skeptic on blast. Make their brains explode with these 9 Vegan Health Benefit Arguments and start practicing your mic drop.

There is another type of person you’ll meet on your vegan journey. This type of person is curious and inquisitive. They are “on the vegan fence” if you will.

Offer some vegan health knowledge, and maybe your conversation will happen to change their life (and a bunch of animal’s lives).

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8. Don’t Ignore Food Labels

We find it unbelievable that people can spend just 15 minutes grocery shopping. We personally spend quite a long time perusing the aisles scrutinizing every new ingredient to see if it's worthy of entering our bodies.

If you’ve never picked up an item and analyzed it, then it’s time to meet your new best friend: the nutritional label.

As vegans, it’s important that we get as many nutrients from food as we can, before relying on supplements. It’s also important for us to know exactly what we are ingesting. Remember, dairy-free doesn’t always mean vegan, and in the US, white sugar is often refined using animal bone char *sigh*.

The nutritional label is where the company hides all the good info we want to know like fats, sugars, vitamins, etc., and if it’s derived from animals products. Use this article to guide you through the nutritional label and what to look for when grocery shopping.

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9. Don’t Forget to Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is important to not only vegans but for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Stock the house with plenty of good grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to avoid letting your cravings take over simply because ‘there was nothing to eat.’

If we’ve learned anything from the #fitfam on Instagram, its that they meal prep. Pick one day a week to plan out your meals and prepare them according to your schedule. If you know that Thursdays are really busy with Quidditch practice, prep all your meals Wednesday night and set yourself up for success.

Are you Guilty of Any of These Vegan Faux Pas?

It’s human nature to slip up once in a while, but it’s all about the journey so don’t be too hard on yourself. Being vegan isn’t about being perfect, it’s about striving for change within ourselves and our world.

If you’re looking for more insight into the vegan lifestyle, then head to our blog. From recipes to memes, and health info to comebacks, we’ve got everything you vegan heart needs for success.  

  

Who are Future Kind?

We’re Eliot and Shaun, two Australian brothers on a journey to build the world’s leading vegan supplement brand, by vegans, for vegans.

Our mission is to help the planet shift to a plant based diet. We use a percentage of our sales to fund animal sanctuaries across the world, with our Future Kind Fund.

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At 10x the Potency of a standard vegan multivitamin, you'll never choose an ordinary one again.

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Who are Future Kind?

We’re Eliot and Shaun, two Australian brothers on a journey to build the world’s leading vegan supplement brand, by vegans, for vegans.

Our mission is to help the planet shift to a plant based diet. We use a percentage of our sales to fund animal sanctuaries across the world, with our Future Kind Fund.

The 3 Essential Nutrients

At 10x the Potency of a standard vegan multivitamin, you'll never choose an ordinary one again.

Fights the most common vegan deficiencies to help:

Increase and sustain energy

Reduce brain fog

Improve mood

Doctors & Dieticians Love Us

"Future Kind is the first supplement of its kind to offer just the essentials: B12,D3 and Omega-3, in the form and dose that's ideal for vegans. It takes the guesswork out of ensuring that you're getting what you need."

Whitney English RD.

Registered Dietician

"To have a solution for the "holes" in a whole food plant diet in a simple capsule approach is wonderful. I measure D, B12, and omega-3 levels in thousands of patients and now to have a solution and one priced so competitively is a great advance. FutureKind is the answer to any critique of the nutritional value of a whole food plant diet.”

Dr. Joel Kahn

Holistic Cardiologist

"As a professional athlete I want to make sure I am getting everything I need. Future Kind makes it easy and convenient to get all of your essentials in one go!"

Natalie Matthews

Professional Athlete

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Not feeling 100% on your vegan diet? Answer our 15 fast and simple questions to help identify whether you could be at risk for a deficiency.

The 3 Essential Nutrients

At 10x the Potency of a standard vegan multivitamin, you'll never choose an ordinary one again.

Fights the most common vegan deficiencies to help:

Increase and sustain energy

Reduce brain fog

Improve mood

Doctors & Dieticians Love Us

"Future Kind is the first supplement of its kind to offer just the essentials: B12,D3 and Omega-3, in the form and dose that's ideal for vegans. It takes the guesswork out of ensuring that you're getting what you need."

Whitney English RD.

Registered Dietician

"To have a solution for the "holes" in a whole food plant diet in a simple capsule approach is wonderful. I measure D, B12, and omega-3 levels in thousands of patients and now to have a solution and one priced so competitively is a great advance. FutureKind is the answer to any critique of the nutritional value of a whole food plant diet.”

Dr. Joel Kahn

Holistic Cardiologist

"As a professional athlete I want to make sure I am getting everything I need. Future Kind makes it easy and convenient to get all of your essentials in one go!"

Natalie Matthews

Professional Athlete

Vegan Nutrition Quiz

Not feeling 100% on your vegan diet? Answer our 15 fast and simple questions to help identify whether you could be at risk for a deficiency.

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The 3 Essential Nutrients

At 10x the Potency of a standard vegan multivitamin, you'll never choose an ordinary one again.

Fights the most common vegan deficiencies to help:

Increase and sustain energy

Reduce brain fog

Improve mood

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