Guest post by Milica Kostic
When we say that the US vegan population is growing by the day, we’re not exaggerating in the slightest. The numbers speak for themselves—the US vegan population is growing at a rate of 600%. Although the reason for transitioning to the vegan diet may differ for each person, there’s no doubt that a lot of people are choosing to alter their lifestyles. However admirable, this task is not an easy one, so you should definitely try to make this transition as smooth as possible. Luckily, you have the most powerful weapon at your disposal—technology.
If you’re already interested in switching to a vegan lifestyle, you don’t need us or anyone else to convince you. Whatever your reasons may be, this transition will impact practically every aspect of your life—what you eat, what you wear, which products you use, and how you behave in general. It can be overwhelming, and you should get all the help available. Not only are there plenty of resources, but technology can help you achieve your goals much faster. Let’s see how you can help yourself adjust to this new way of living.
Start by Doing Research—Technology Can Help
Once the decision has been made, the hardest part is over. However, switching to a new lifestyle means learning a whole bunch of things you never thought about before. In some cases, you won’t be sure if something is vegan, which recipes you can use at the beginning, or even which companies are proven to be vegan-friendly. The best way to clear up confusion is with data, while technology will get you where you need to go without too many detours.
There are a lot of tools you can use to remove any dilemma regarding veganism. Websites, social media, apps, and the internet, in general, can give you the right answers in a matter of seconds, while the tools dedicated to veganism are growing in number each day. You won’t always have someone to ask for advice, so choose technology—it won’t let you down.
Use Technology to Track Your Progress
When you start gathering all that information, you might feel overwhelmed. Of course, you can write a food diary in your notebook, but you won’t always be able to carry it with you and write down everything you need. Smartphones are a much more useful tool. Different apps can help you keep track of your recipes, newest vegan trends, and tips and tricks. You can also learn a lot about the vegan lifestyle that isn’t related to food, such as clothes and home appliances.
One of the biggest issues when it comes to switching to this new way of life is the lack of information. Luckily, the use of technology can change all of that, and any data that you need is at your fingerprints.
Connect with Other Enthusiasts and Become a Part of the Community
One of the biggest benefits of technology is that it enables us to stay connected, communicate with people around the world, engage in meaningful conversations, and create our own circle of support. Perhaps you won’t be able to find adequate support and assistance among friends you already have. No worries! There are tons of support groups, vegan enthusiasts, and helpful professionals you can get in touch with by using technology.
Maybe you don’t need someone to lean on and inspire you. Even better! However, chances are you are going to need advice and ideas; or a place to brag about your newest masterpiece in the form of a raw vegan cake. This is where online communities can come in handy. Your transition will be much smoother if you take advantage of every possible resource, and technology might be the most useful one.
Switching to a vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be as challenging as one might think. Technology can be your biggest ally and provide you with useful tips, spark up your creativity, and connect you with like-minded individuals. Take it one step at a time and use all of the resources available to you. You are contributing to your own health and the health of the planet, so kudos for that!