Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy to meet all of your nutritional requirements as a vegan. Including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes in your diet is the best way to ensure that all your nutritional needs are met. Most scientists also recommend taking a sublingual or liquid vitamin B12 supplement because nutritional yeast and fermented foods are not always reliable sources. For all of your nutritional questions, go to NutritionFacts.org, a reliable nutrition information service that sources information form peer reviewed scientific studies and condenses them into easy to understand videos and articles.
Vegan alternatives are widely available now in supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths. Fry’s Family Foods is an entirely vegan brand that vegan sausages, burger patties, deli slices and ready-made meals, while other brands like Sanitarium’s Vegie Delights and Linda McCartney’s produce both vegan and vegetarian products, so be sure to check the ingredients lists of these products before you buy them.
Vegans have more options than just soy for their dairy replacement: almost supermarkets stock soy, almond, rice, coconut and oat milk, in different brands and combinations. The best thing to do is to experiment with different plant milks and brands until you find the ones that you like best. Health food stores, IGAs and vegan specialty stores also stock coconut and soy yoghurts, and vegan ice creams made with soy, coconut, or almond milk.
Reading ingredients lists can seem daunting in the beginning, but there are apps available to help you figure out what ingredients are and are not vegan. Is It Vegan and E Numbers are both great apps to help you get the hang of shopping as a vegan.
There are several vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Perth, and with the growing popularity of veganism, most mainstream restaurants are more than happy to accommodate vegans. Happy Cow has a list of veg and veg-friendly restaurants and stores in Perth. If you’re unsure whether a mainstream restaurant can accommodate your needs, calling ahead of time or asking about vegan options when you book will help ensure that you have more than one meal option available to you.
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Making the change to a vegan lifestyle can seem daunting at first, but there are lots of guides available to help you through the process. We recommend taking the Vegan Easy Challenge to guide you through going vegan. The challenge is totally free and provides advice, information, meal plans and recipes to making going vegan a breeze.
If you are considering going vegan, fan-
bloody-tastic! Do it! You are embarking on a deeply rewarding lifestyle for yourself, your environment, and the animals. If you don’t know where to start, but you are interested in giving it a go, here are some ideas to help you transition towards a full vegan lifestyle.
It’s still possible to go vegan if you’re allergic to soy, nuts or gluten, among other food allergies. Many vegan food bloggers with allergies write about their experiences and share recipes to help make it easy to live as a vegan with food allergies. These are some helpful blogs for vegans with food allergies:
Making friends with other vegans is an important tool in going and staying vegan long term. Many universities have vegetarian and vegan clubs, and there are Facebook groups for every part of Western Australia to connect with and meet other vegans in your area. We recommend the group Social Vegans and Vegetarians of Perth as a great place to start networking with other local vegans.