You have watched the documentaries, you have figured out your “why”, and you are motivated to make the transition to being vegan. But now what do you do???? Although going vegan was the best decision that I ever made, I find that it can be daunting in the beginning to know where to start.
I would love it if everyone could go vegan overnight, but this may not be the best strategy for long term success (and this should be your goal: to sustainably go vegan so you can stay vegan for the remainder of your lifetime).
Here are some approachable ways to make the change. You know yourself better than anyone, so choose a level that will work best for you.
*Eliminate one animal product every two weeks: for the first two weeks, you would eliminate dairy. The next two weeks you could eliminate poultry. The following two weeks, you could eliminate fish. So on and so on….
*Switch one of your meals to being vegan at one time: for the first two weeks you could have a vegan breakfast. For the next two weeks you could add in a vegan lunch. The next two weeks you would add a vegan dinner. And then all you have to do is add in vegan snacks! Pretty soon all of your meals will be vegan without the overwhelm.
*Find ways to make your favorite recipes or meals vegan: if you are like me, you probably have 3-4 meals that you truly love and eat over and over. Start with your favorite recipes and switch them to being vegan. You could try vegan cheese in your macaroni, plant based milk in your oatmeal, chickpeas in your tuna fish salad, tofu in your breakfast burrito, pesto on your pizza. Click here for more ideas. Pinterest is also an amazing resource for vegan recipes.
*Veganize your restaurant experience: if you are someone that eats out a lot, maybe your first step should be to try to “veganize” your restaurant meals. If you have a favorite restaurant, look up the menu ahead of time and study what you could possibly eat as a vegan. If it’s an Italian restaurant, you could try a marinara pasta and lentil soup. Stir frys are great at a Chinese restaurant and you certainly cannot go wrong with veggie fajitas at a Mexican restaurant. There will always be something vegan to eat at every restaurant and if you are struggling, you can always ask your server for help.
In addition, to going to old restaurants, it can be fun to try something new. Visit a vegan restaurant to see what they have to offer and to see how yummy vegan food can truly be.
(photo from Veggie Grill)
If you are having a difficult time finding a vegan restaurant near you, make sure to add Happy Cow to your phone. It is a free App/website that will show you the vegan options in your area.
There are so many ways to start your vegan transition. Every bit counts and every small change will add up in the long run. Just remember that it should be fun! You are making the commitment to your health, the planet, the animals and this is something that should be celebrated!!!
And please remember that if you ever get stuck, that I am here for you to offer accountability, support and resources. Contact me anytime!!! I mean it…..
See you next time!