If you have ever considered going vegan, this video will give you 5 more quick tips to be a happy healthy vegan. If you have missed my previous 5 Quick Tips, click here.

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#1 – Enough calories

Ensure you are eating enough calories. Vegan foods, especially of the non-prepared variety, are relatively low in calories and so you can eat a large volume of food without getting your daily requirements. You can use apps like Cronometer to figure out exactly how much you are currently ingesting and make the necessary changes..
Here are some helpful charts to determine how many calories you ought to be consuming each and every day.

#2 – Educate Yourself

Knowledge is key to being a successful lifelong vegan. The good meaning people in your life will ask you questions, and while you have no obligation to respond, you may find that it eases tension and confusion and fosters acceptance. Additionally, the more aware you are of the ethics, nutrition and environmental issues the less likely you are to revert to your old ways of eating and thinking. Social pressure is strong, so be armed with knowledge and you will be a much happier and confident vegan.
Here are some suggestions books, online resources and podcasts to take a look at. If you a resource to share, please leave it in the comment section below.

Books:
Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Jack Norris, Virginia Messina)
Eat Vegan on $4 a Day (Ellen Jaffe Jones)

Online Resources:
Dr. Michael Greger (MD) http://nutritionfacts.org/
Dr. Barnard’s Blog http://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog
Jack Norris http://www.veganhealth.org/
http://veganfoodiseverywhere.com/
http://www.vegweb.com/
http://www.barnivore.com/

Podcasts:
Food for Thought: The Joys and benefits of Living Vegan

#3 – Try Different Brands

In your local grocery or health food stores, you may be overwhelmed with a variety of choices. You will find a lot of vegan meat and dairy products, and while they all as a whole have gotten a lot more tasty over the years, some are better then others. Never judge a whole category of vegan prepared foods based on one brand, and explore with an open mind. Realize that vegan meat and dairy will taste different then actual meat and dairy, so try to find ones you enjoy, rather then looking for a carbon copy of the original.

#4 – Visit local vegan restaurants for inspiration

As a new or prospective vegan you may be at a loss as to what meals you ought to try making. You can definitely buy some vegan cookbooks, but I’d also suggest visiting local vegan and vegetarian restaurants for inspiration. I have often attempted to recreate a meal I enjoyed at a restaurant in my own kitchen, but realize that unless you are a professional chef, your creation will most likely be different, and thats okay.

#5 – Enjoy Food – Variety

The world of food is really opened to you once you have made the decision to go vegan. There are countless spices, herbs, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, fruits and prepared vegan foods for you to try. Experiment with traditional dishes from across the globe. Veganize meals that you once loved as a non-vegan. One the great ways of not getting bored with food is by expanding your list of ingredients, and experimenting. We are creatures of habit, and while there is nothing wrong with a peanut butter and banana sandwich, there is so much more to experience. Additionally, by eating a wide range of food items, you ensure that you are ingesting a larger pool of vitamins and minerals.
Have your own vegan tips to being a happy and healthy vegan? Share it in the comment section below

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