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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Going Vegan

Leeann Chisolm | Blavity   in 
February 25, 2016

Congrats! You’ve decided to become a vegan — a lifestyle that promotes healing and overall wellness. But managing the transition the first few weeks or even months can be tricky. Whether you’re a novice or just struggling with the lifestyle change, here are 7 mistakes I and others have made so you don’t have to.

Going cold turkey

I get the all or nothing mentality, but going cold turkey when it comes to anything this drastic will undoubtedly shock your body. Cravings will be heightened. You could even have withdrawals. It’s a surefire way to not stick with it. Smooth, gradual transitions are more natural and give your body the time it needs to adjust. I gave up meat in increments, first red meats, then poultry and finally seafood. It was another year before I gave up dairy. I did it all at my own pace, whatever felt good. Now, if you are adopting a plant-based diet for critical health issues, by all means take the plunge immediately. Otherwise, explore the landscape. Discover how your body reacts to certain foods. Allow it to be an adventure instead of a death sentence. Remember, you are choosing this.

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