Becoming a vegan is one of the best decisions you can make for your health, for the environment and for animal welfare. However, it can also be tricky, particularly when you have to consider the needs and wishes of a partner and/or child, not just you.
You may be surprised to know that there are many foods that you ate as a non-vegan that you can still eat after you go vegan. But we’re not talking about fruits and vegetables! Plenty of foods (as well as drinks and cosmetics) are accidentally-vegan.
There are plenty of vegan-friendly drinks on the off-license shelves and the number is growing every day. Many supermarkets – including Marks and Spencer and Tesco – clearly label their vegetarian and vegan wines.
As with any diet, it is important to get adequate nutrition. Making sure you get enough nutrients as a vegan isn’t hard, but it does take some planning initially. Take the time to research the nutrients you require when you go vegan and you’ll be golden after that!
As we do not currently live in a vegan world, many vegan food products other than fruit, vegetables and beans/lentils still aren’t common in Irish supermarkets. However, even in the most rural areas, a big brand supermarket like Tesco usually has a section dedicated to ‘Free From’ products.
When you go vegan, there are several things you need to watch out for besides food. You may be busy focusing on what you’re putting into your body, but it’s also important to be mindful of what goes on your body too. This includes everything from wool gloves to leather boots to silk scarves.