We’re all undoubtedly facing a different range of challenges at the moment. Whether our local shops don’t carry the ingredients we’re used to buying, or we’re facing several months on a reduced income, Covid-19 is affecting the vegan community.
However, there are a few simple things you can do to overcome these difficulties. We’ve come up with a few tips to help:
Brush up on vegan nutrition
It’s a good time to brush up on our nutritional information. Knowing which foods are sources of which key nutrients will mean that you can make smart decisions when shopping if your usual ingredients aren’t available.
Swap up your shopping routine
Be prepared to swap up your shopping routine. You may find that a different supermarket has a greater range of vegan products, or that they are best stocked at a certain time of day.
If your local shop has a limit on a certain number of essential items, for example soya milk, you can change it up and purchase a few different kinds of plant milk.
Make your own
Did you know you can make your own plant milk at home? Homemade plant milk isn’t fortified with the same nutrients; however it can get you through in a pinch. Oat milk is probably the easiest and cheapest one to start with.
Get in touch with your local vegan groups. There may be people you can link up with who can share information on which shops are serving vegans well and offering affordable options. There may even be people willing and able to shop for you if you find yourself in need of help.
If you are in a position to, try to support vegan businesses during this time. Some online vegan retailers may be selling products you can’t find in your local stores. It’s also a great time to reach out to other vulnerable vegans you may be able to help out, whether that’s sharing information or helping them with their shopping.
Reach out to The Vegan Society
Don’t suffer in silence. If you’re struggling, please do reach out to fellow vegans or to The Vegan Society. Our main phone line is open and we are here to help support you the best we can.
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