Meat-Free Monday | Should You Go Vegan?

Meat-Free Monday | Should You Go Vegan?

Regardless of why you’re going vegan — whether it’s for health, environmental, ethical, or personal reasons — making the change can really be a challenge,

This week we are launching our Vegan Proteins range here at myvitamins and to celebrate, we asked our Nutritionist Ashley English for his top tips if you are thinking about making the switch to veganism.

Meat is out, out for good

That’s for starters, right? Meat is out if you’re going vegan, which in one sense, is liberating — you’ll save money and actually, cooking meat can be a bit of a chore sometimes. On the other hand, though, you will be cutting out a vast swath of protein and other nutrients, which you’ll need to replace, pronto. What sort of nutrients will you cut out when you cut out meat?

All essential for the growth and maintenance of muscle and the nervous system. But, fear not, because there are plenty of viable sources of vegan protein around these days, including:

  • Vegan Protein
  • Pea Protein
  • Nuts nut butters (Peanut Butter, Almond Butter)
  • Vegetables (spinach, alfalfa sprouts and peas, especially)
  • Non-dairy milks (almond, soy, coconut)
  • Beans and lentils
  • Sprouted grain bread
  • Tofu
  • Hemp protein

The dairy dilemma

You’ve gone vegan, and now you can’t eat or drink anything with dairy in it — no milk, ice-cream, butter, no sir. Just remember to supplement with the selection we’ve laid out below, and once you substitute with any of the following, you really won’t miss that milk, besides, it’s only supposed to be for baby cows.

Vegan-friendly milk alternatives:

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Soy milk/Soy yoghurt

Top Tips

  • Don’t try and go vegan overnight, instead plan to transition gradually.

  • Make just one big dietary change at a time.

  • Know that going vegan doesn’t mean you will automatically lose weight.

  • Make sure you get enough protein.

Try our new Vegan Protein blend for a great after-workout protein hit.

  • Take Vitamin B12

Although some vegans may need vitamins and supplements that other’s don’t, vitamin B12 is universally accepted as the vitamin vegans must take.  The only place it occurs naturally is in animal foods  Though you can get some B12 in fortified foods like plant milks and veggie meats, to get as much as you need, a supplement is essential.

Other essential vitamins and minerals we recommend, if you decide to go vegan:

myvitamins Vitamin D

myvitamins Vitamin B Complex

myvitamins Vitamin C

Sophie Angell

Sophie Angell

Writer and expert