I have comitted to being vegan…however, I’m finding myself pigging out on things like cinnamon toast crunch, breads, and just eating way too much of food that is unhealthy and also happens to be vegan. I want to be a GOOD and HEALTHY example of a vegan.. How do I work on this??
Add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Give yourself a goal (e.g. “Today I’m going to have three servings of vegetables.”) It’s far easier to add stuff than take it away. Also, make healthy versions of treats- black bean brownies, peanut butter and banana ice “cream”, etc.
A healthy vegan can still have little snacks and treats every once in a while. Try not to think of health food as an obligation or something you have to eat to be healthy. Find healthy meals that you enjoy, get better at cooking them, and experiment. I used to be extremely unhealthy, hating vegetables, unathletic… and now I love greens, smoothies, and can enjoy a good salad.
Don’t torture yourself with bad-tasting health foods, because it will colour your mental depiction of how “hard” it is to eat right.
Collect plenty of healthy vegan recipes from the web and cookbooks. Follow healthy vegan food blogs. Eat more fruit when you’re craving sweets.
It can be really hard to avoid junk food munchies. I just keep veggies in the fridge all the time (easy stuff like carrots, cukes, broccoli, etc) and make my own hummus to dip them in. You can use recipes like these http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/Chickpea-Parsley-Dip.aspx http://www.peta2.com/recipes/chipotle-hummus/
which is totally yumful! Or invent your own…sometimes I leave out the oil or tahini and add veggies into the food processor like carrots, parsnips, cukes, artichoke hearts, etc. It gives you a bigger batch and makes it fat-free! 🙂
When you get the urge to snack it also helps just to do something, anything at all…take a walk, make a woven bracelet, go volunteer at the local animal shelter…waaaay more fun than junk food! 🙂
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