I’ve decided to go VEGAN…now what???

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).

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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….

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*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.

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*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.

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                                                          (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.

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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!

 

EASY Vegan Recipes and Importance of B12

Hello all!

I have a confession to make:  I am in a total food rut and could literally eat the same thing every, single day.  However, I know that this is not a good thing because it deprives me of important nutrients without a variety of foods.  So, I am challenging myself to try some new recipes and I am taking you with me 🙂

In this video, I share some EASY VEGAN RECIPES with simple ingredients and little prep time.  In addition, I will discuss the two supplements that I think you should be including in your diet every day.

I hope that you enjoy this video and that you can incorporate these meals into your routine.

More food videos coming soon 🙂

 

“Are You Afraid They’ll Hate You Because You’re Vegan?”

A few weeks ago I was getting ready for a social gathering and all of a sudden, I had this uncontrollable anxiety surrounding the event.  When talking to a friend about it, we pinned my anxiety down to the fear of meeting new people.  This was something that I had struggled with in the past but wasn’t sure why this event had me so worked up.  We went over the details one by one and couldn’t figure out where it was stemming from….until my friend had this one thought.  And here was where the question came in, the question that made me ponder the views of society surrounding my lifestyle.  “Are you afraid they’ll hate you because you’re vegan?” she asked.  And just like that, my whole world stood still in complete disbelief and confusion.

“Hate me because I am vegan?!”  I played this question in my head over and over again and asked myself why anyone would ever hate someone because they are vegan.  And then I saw it as my brain replayed the memes, the videos and the numerous, puzzled faces of people who questioned my lifestyle.

I thought about the vegans that I know and how they are some of the most inspirational, strong willed people that I know and this is why…….

Here are some of the reasons why I think it should be impossible to hate a vegan:

  1.  Vegans are some of the most compassionate people out there!  Every day vegans are making a choice: a choice to save an innocent animal and to give them a life they deserve.  They have enormous hearts and the thought of any animal being tortured will make them cringe. They are some of the ones out there marching, starting sanctuaries, donating and being a voice for the anonymous.
  2. Vegans persevere!!!  Unfortunately, we live in a society where your food choices are almost like your religious beliefs and not everyone feels the same way that we do.  We have to fight obstacles and defend our choices EVERY single day.  People look at you like you are crazy, you get numerous questions about where your protein comes from, and people simply do not understand.  An individual has to be strong willed and persistent to get through the daily grind of being vegan.
  3. Vegans care about YOUR future!  Studies have shown, and there is absolutely no denying, that we are causing immense harm to our planet.  Even if we stopped everything harmful right now, it would take over 100 years to reverse it.  Every choice we make affects our planet, our future and the future of our kids/grandkids.  With every bite that a vegan takes, he or she is cutting down on animal agriculture, saving water, decreasing climate change, and is creating a better future for YOU!

***I realize that these are all general statements, and just like with any group, I cannot account for every vegan.  I realize that we are all different, but these statements are true about the vegans that I know.

I know that there will still be haters out there, but I ask you to think about these points next time you start making fun of someone who is vegan.  There is so much more to us than quinoa and kale 🙂 .

And for those of you who are out there living this lifestyle, please be proud of who you are and be PROUD THAT WHO YOU ARE IS A VEGAN!