Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is a very big decision. Many people are intrigued by the idea but don’t know how to take the first step or have the courage to, while some just became vegan and don’t know if they’ll have the stamina to maintain. First off, if you are a new vegan reading this, congratulations and welcome to the team. And if you are intrigued but haven’t made the jump, remember, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t pretend to love animals, while you support industries that torture, mutilate, and kill them. That is hypocrisy 101. A vegan lifestyle is a difficult commitment, but one worth making if you truly care about yourself, animals, and the world.
Below is a list I’ve compiled based on my experiences as a vegan. Hope this helps those that need a little nudge.
- Understand why you you are doing it; you’re purpose is your rallying cause. There are so many reasons and benefits to becoming vegan, know what yours is.
- Find support within your circle, and if you can’t identify anybody, start a blog and meet other vegans. Positive support structure makes the journey much easier.
- Learn to cook and prepare foods from scratch. Packaged and processed foods with a vegan label seem like an easy on-ramp, but in the long run, there are only so many packaged vegan foods available. A whole foods, plant based diet is much healthier and more exciting than simply a vegan diet. Know the difference.
- Get in the habit of reading ingredients on labels and learn what goes into foods you order in a restaurant, or how a chef might prepare their food. Foods you think might be vegan will catch you by surprise. Ask before you order. Read before you buy.
- Learn how to make cheese. Packaged vegan cheese is awful. Make it yourself, it’s very easy and a lot of fun.
- Learn to love the journey.
- You will always be hungry. This is the simple truth. Pack a lot of fruits.
- Wear the vegan label loud and proud. Actively boycott companies and businesses that go against your primary cause.
- Don’t be afraid. We are growing in numbers and strength. You are not alone.
- Volunteer. Animal rescue shelters always need help. If one isn’t available, locate an organization that does work related to why you became vegan in the first place. It’s important to lead by example and not loose sight of the reason you made this important decision.
This list isn’t complete of course, I have a few more items that I’d like to include but refrained from doing so because it would be too long. If you are a long time vegan, feel free to comment and add some of your tips. And if you are a new vegan, feel free to ask any questions and provide any lessons learned.