How to Go Vegan for a Week: Everything You Need to Know

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Have you rolled your eyes at veganism in the past but secretly wanted to try it all along?

You're not alone. According to recent stats, interest in veganism has grown by a whopping 600%!

Now, it's your chance to satiate your curiosity once and for all. In this article, you'll learn how to go vegan for a week by changing what you eat, how you dress, and the products you depend on daily.

Keep on reading!

How to Go Vegan for a Week Without Starving

Sacrificing those favorite foods is one of the biggest challenges to starting a completely vegan lifestyle.

But going vegan doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Thousands of vegan recipes show you how to emulate your favorite foods like cheese, dairy desserts, fried snacks, and even meat.

That's why learning how to cook is such an essential part of going vegan. Otherwise, you won't get the nutrients you need to function throughout the day.

Let's take a look at more vegan mistakes to avoid.

Common Mistakes First-Time Vegans Make

If your new foray into veganism is making you feel a little sluggish, chances are, you're doing it wrong.

Lack of nutrients is one of the most common mistakes new vegans make, but it's not the only one. Take note of the following mistakes to avoid as well:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Lack of variety in your vegan diet
  • Highly processed veggie meat alternatives
  • Vegan marketed food products that lack fiber
  • Lack of vitamin B12
  • Replacing meet with vegan cheese alone
  • Lack of iron

All these mistakes contribute to health issues popularly attributed to veganism, like vitamin and protein deficiencies. These deficiencies can be easily remedied by simply adhering to a balanced vegan diet with variety.

But what goes into a balanced vegan diet?

How to Shop like a Vegan

To learn how to go vegan for a week, you have to learn how to shop like a vegan. If your local supermarket doesn't have the vegan staples you need, take the opportunity to research organic markets in your area. You should also start shopping at local farmers markets and your closest farms.

Of course, going vegan means absolutely no products derived from animals. Not only does that include cheese, but eggs as well.

But how do you cook without eggs?

This calls to mind one of the most important aspects of going vegan -- substitutions. For decades, vegans have mastered the art of cooking without eggs. Everything from pancakes, muffins, to your favorite birthday cake, can be made 100% vegan.

Don't forget to add the following vegan egg substitutes to your shopping list:

  • Flax meal egg replacers
  • Chia seeds
  • Baking soda and vinegar mix
  • Silken tofu
  • Applesauce
  • Mashed banana
  • Arrowroot powder
  • Coconut yogurt.

These alternative vegan binding agents work just as well as eggs in your favorite foods.

When baking, don't forget to use vegan approved flour made from whole wheat, oat, beans, buckwheat, nuts, or coconut. Always avoid bleached flowers, as the bleaching process may involve the use of animal sources like bone char.

How to Cook Dinner like a Vegan

Now that you know how to bake like a vegan, it's time to fire up the grill.

Learning how to go vegan doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the little things you love about meat. There are countless savory recipes that transform vegan meat alternatives into juicy 'steak-like' dinners for a healthy lifestyle.

For example, you can make vegan steaks or hamburger patties using chickpeas, spices, vegan vegetable stock, tomato paste, mushrooms, beets, and wheat gluten. Use your handy food processor to form your chickpea mixture into patties or steak shapes.

Just like you would for a steak, prepare a marinade for your vegan meat alternatives to make sure they're packed with juicy flavor.

Other vegan meat alternatives to consider include seitan, tempe, tofu, jackfruit, lentils, and beans.

How to Go Vegan with Your Style

Now that you know how to eat like a vegan, it's time to start dressing like one. Not only does this mean no fur, leather, or reptile skin, you can't wear products made from sweatshop labor or any other unethical processes.

Choosing to dress like a vegan may require you to give up some of your favorite major fashion labels. But what's more fun than buying a brand new wardrobe?

Let's start with your textiles. Now that you're vegan, you should look out for fabrics made with the following materials:

  • Hemp
  • Organic cotton
  • Linen
  • Beech tree fibers
  • Seaweed
  • Soybeans
  • Wood (lyocell)
  • Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPet)

But who's making vegan fashion?

Look out for these popular and PETA-approved vegan fashion brands: SUSI Studio, Hipsters for Sisters, Native Shoes, Insecta shoes, In the Soulshine, Della, Planet Guests, Matt&Nat Reformation, Doshi, beyond skin and many more.

How to Get Ready like a Vegan

You know how to eat like a vegan. You know how to dress like one. But, how will you get ready without your favorite soaps, cleansers, and accessories? Luckily, there are several vegan alternatives on the market to easily replace those favorite items.

For example, if you love Dove soap, consider vegan alternatives like LUSH, Clearly Natural, Shea Moisture, and the Honest Company. The Body Shop also offers vegan beauty bar alternatives that mimic the creaminess of Dove soap.

Dr. Bronner's products quickly became a morning routine staple for vegans everywhere. Known for its cruelty-free and anti-GMO stance, Dr. Bronner's offers over 40 vegan-friendly personal care products to choose from.

Moving Forward with Your New Lifestyle

You now know how to eat, function, and look the part of a true vegan. But practice makes perfect!

It's important to stay true to your new vegan convictions. Keep this guide on-hand to stay consistent with your new lifestyle.

Want to learn how to do more things that have a positive impact on your life? Check back often for more tips, tricks, and guides on how to do everything from eating right to exercising smart.

 

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