Transitioning into the vegan lifestyle takes time—for some it’s easy, some it’s hard, but here are 5 tips to help you with your journey.
Knowing your why in any situation helps.
If you’re in college, knowing you’re in school to achieve your dream of becoming a doctor will help you pass your exams. If you’re working a job you hate, knowing your current position is a stepping-stone to becoming the company’s CEO is going to keep you motivated. The same for veganism.
I know I transitioned for a number of reasons, but the main reason always keeps me going—my family members struggled with their health because of their diet.
Once you understand your reason—whether it’s animal rights, to save the environment, prevent the risk of serious diseases or because it’s cool—sticking to your goal will be a tad bit easier.
Slowly Aim For Vegetarianism
Quitting meat cold turkey is hard! Same for saying good-bye to cheese and butter, so take it easy and start small. Begin by omitting processed meats and red meats. Work your way up to excluding chicken and turkey. Finally, seafood.
Give your self time with this process. It may takes day, weeks, or months. It took me years to finally quit all flesh.
Once you get the hang of being a vegetarian, the vegan transition will come with ease.
Add More Veggies, Reduce Meat & Diary
For every meal, start adding more veggies. Once you have mastered this step, for example, adding spinach to your scramble eggs or baked carrots as a side for dinner, start eliminating animal by-products.
- Cook your pancakes with coconut oil instead of butter
- Swap your cow’s milk for nut milk in recipes
- Use beans or lentils during your next homemade chili cook off
- Cut back on the sour cream during your next Chipotle visit and add more romaine lettuce
Start small and gradually challenge yourself.
Try New Vegan Foods & Desserts
Banana Nice Cream? Vegan Bacon Sriracha Chips? Fried Oyster Mushroom Po’boys?
Start having fun with your food by trying vegan snacks, dishes, and desserts.
- Follow Veggie Rose on YouTube for “delicious vegan recipes that even carnivores can love!” Puerto Rican options included
- Vegan Food Videos and Best of Vegan on Instagram provide recipes
- Find restaurants in your area that serves vegan food (Houston, click here!)
- Buy a new cookbook, such as The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out or Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed
- Go to Whole Foods and buy some vegan goodies
Chances are the people around you won’t convert just because you have. Find a support group, whether it be online or in person. Meet Up is a great resource you can use to find like-minded individuals, accountability partners and friends.
Let me know what tips have helped you along the way.