How to Become Vegan
It is so much easier than you think, trust me.
Most vegans start off as vegetarians. This is advisable as it can be a shock depending on the type of diet you already have.
First things first, why do you want to become a vegan? If it is for diet...you may not last. While it is easy I can say this as I do it for ethical and environmental reasons. And when you take yourself out of the end result it becomes easier to reach your goals.
Research you reasons in becoming vegan
Learn as much as you can about the reasons behind vegans. Watch documentaries such as:
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret to learn more about the environmental reasons.
Forks Over Knives: to learn more about the health reasons.
Earthlings: to learn more about the animal rights; be warned Earthlings is graphic. I still have not watched it but I have seen other ones years previously that still haunt me.
These documentaries will inform your decisions and will help you set your mind into the meatless mindset. From what I have experienced and heard it is easier to adapt to a plant-based diet if you are becoming a vegan for ethical reasons. Once you have done your research and it fits with your mindset then ditching the cheese is easy.
Find out what you can eat as a vegan
Keep it simple at first. If you go vegetarian first this will be a lot easier. You can still eat cheese, eggs, and dairy. Eating out will be easy peasy!
Find vegan/vegetarian foodies to follow online
The Happy Pear on Youtube have FANTASTIC recipes. You can grab a copy of their first book here The World of the Happy Pear . It has lots of inspiration pics, smiley faces, and delicious recipes. Their new books The Happy Pear: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life is a real addition to any vegan bookshelf. They are really personable, sweet, and give lots of delish easy vegan recipes. Follow foodies on Snapchat (Chloe her username is foodiecafe . She isn't a vegan but often shares clean eating, plant-based recipes and she's adorbs.
Remember to keep it simple –
with easy-to-follow recipes, using a sensible number of ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket. Another great vegan book is by Áine Carlin. You can get a copy of the book here Keep it Vegan: 100 simple, healthy & delicious dishes. Her latest book is going to be under my Christmas tree as I have already ordered it. You can get The New Vegan: Great Recipes, No-Nonsense Advice & Simple Tips here.
Try one simple recipe a week.
Make your own hummus one week. Make vegan apple crumble (with crumbled porridge, cinnamon, ginger, almonds, and coconut – it’s divine!) I will start posting recipes soon as I make all these nice dishes and then forget how I made them.
and have fun!