In a world where everything needs to be fast and convenient, many people wonder if it’s really possible to eat healthily and live a sustainable, vegan lifestyle. Although the number of vegans in the UK skyrocketed by 40 percent in 2020, many people struggle to maintain this healthy way of living due to having very few options to buy vegan products, or having no time to prepare plant-based meals. Thankfully, there are several ways that one can adopt veganism, even when faced with challenges brought about by a hectic schedule. Here’s how you can live a vegan lifestyle in a fast-paced world.
Use your Instant Pot to make healthy meals
One of the advantages of having an Instant Pot is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time making healthy meals for you and your family. Vegan recipes such as this mushroom risotto takes just 12 minutes to cook in an Instant Pot, and doesn’t involve standing and stirring at a hob; while breakfast treats, like a vegan chai spiced rice pudding, can be ready after just 10 minutes of pressure cooking. Research which recipes take the least time to cook and prepare, and have the ingredients on hand so you won’t have to make last-minute runs to the supermarket. If you don’t have time to shop, take advantage of today’s technology by ordering your ingredients online, and have them delivered to your doorstep.
Incorporate veganism in your home
Making your home cruelty-free may seem daunting at first, but there are several ways to make the process much easier. For instance, if you want to live in a sustainable home yet you don’t have the time or funds to make your house 100 percent eco-friendly, opt for green and animal-free items to furnish your home. An easy way to do this is to have more live plants to beautify your home, instead of buying knick-knacks or decorative items. You can also use vegan household cleaners or DIY cleaning solutions instead of harmful chemicals to clean your rooms. Also, once you get vegan replacements for your silk curtains, cushions, and sheepskin rugs, don’t throw your old things away. Instead, donate these items to a homeless shelter, where they’ll get some use from those in need. Not only will you help others, but you’ll also avoid adding more junk to our landfills.
Gradually transition to vegan products
Most vegans make a conscious decision to choose sustainable and cruelty-free products whenever they can. But if you’re living in an area where vegan products are scarce, you may have a difficult time making ethical choices whenever you shop. If going fully vegan all at once is a challenge, don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, try to gradually replace some of your everyday products with vegan items once you have time to replenish your stocks. Think about swapping your favourite shampoo for a product that hasn’t been tested on animals, or using a canvas belt instead of a leather one. Be on the lookout for vegan items whenever you’re out and about or whenever you’re online shopping, so you can make a note of them and purchase them once you need to do so.
Living a vegan lifestyle may have its challenges, but by using innovative cooking appliances, such as an Instant Pot and incorporating veganism in different aspects of your life, it can be done. Try these tips to live a vegan lifestyle, and discover how you can make sustainable choices, even while living in a fast-paced world.
Guest blog post by: Bri Collins
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