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Veganism. Its hip, it’s cool, it’s healthy.

It’s also hard. Like, really hard.

We’re not saying it’s not worth it; it totally is, but it’s not as easy as just giving up all animal products. Here are a couple of things you need to know before you go vegan:

1. It requires a little forethought A woman holds and eats salad in a glass jar with baked chickpeas, guacamole and vegetables. Healthy diet detox vegan food concept.

Gone are the days of just walking into any old restaurant or gas station and picking up the first cheap food that catches your eye. When you’re going vegan, you need to get good at scrutinizing the menu, rereading the nutrition label, and bringing your own snacks.

Most restaurants are pretty great at marking vegan dishes on their menus, but you may still need to ask questions about the kind of fat they fry with and that sort of thing.

2. You still need protein Healthy diet vegan food, veggie protein sources: Tofu, vegan milk, beans, lentils, nuts, soy milk, spinach and seeds. Top view on white table.

Veggie sticks are a great light snack, but they’ll leave you hungry. Going from meat-eating to veganism, it can be challenging to find plant-based sources of protein, but they are out there. Lifesum’s new Vegan for A Week Plan comes with a detailed daily nutrition goal that tells you exactly how much of each food group you need in each meal.

3. Being vegan ≠ being healthy vegan quinoa eggplant spinach chickpeas Burger. toning. selective focus

Shocker, we know! But you can eat a vegan diet and still be overweight or unhealthy. It’s not a quick fix for losing weight or getting in shape, so you have to make a choice about which vegan foods you eat.

4. Skipping cheese isn’t as bad as you think it’s going to be Quinoa walnuts White Beans Parsley Burgers. toning. selective focus

We promise we’re not pulling your leg. Giving up cheese really isn’t that bad. If you think about it, it’s not in nearly as many foods as you think, and if you simply have a craving for a chunk of cheese or some cheesy flavor, you can eat vegan cheese or sprinkle some nutritional yeast over your food, et voila! It’s actually way harder to give up things like butter or milk, or foods containing beef gelatin (there are weirdly a lot of these). You’ll be fine without the cheese, we promise.

5. It’s delicious Couple Eating Lunch with Fresh Salad and Appetizers

It’s a myth that vegan food is bad food. It isn’t and should never have to be. Plant-based food can be some of the most delicious you ever eat when it’s done right. Thankfully, the new Vegan health plan from Lifesum comes with a whole host of nutritionally balanced vegan recipes so that both your tongue and your belly are satiated after every meal.

Ready to try veganism? Try Lifesum’s new Vegan for a Week plan to see how it works for you!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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