So I hope at this point you’ve gone through all the reasons of Why Vegan and are ready to start transitioning.
It’s important to have done extension research on all aspects of animal use so I encourage you to watch all the documentaries I’ve suggested on the why vegan, for the planet, for the animals, for people, and for your health. Also, to read books, as well as get some great recipes to start off.
Remember that, “Veganism is not about giving anything up or losing anything; it is about gaining the peace within yourself that comes from embracing nonviolence and refusing to participate in the exploitation of the vulnerable.”
Gary L. Francione
So where do you begin?
Moving to a plant-based diet might seem scary at first but it’s not hard, and it’s worth it. My advice to you would be to slowly start cutting down, by this I mean to start eating vegan part-time, start trying new foods, and explore different ways of cooking with different foods by looking at recipe books, vegan food instagram accounts, as well as pinterest. Another piece of advice I would give to you is cut out the animal products that mean the most to you, for me personally this was pork. Slowly but surely you’ll start to get the hang of things, and be able to cut more and more out. Some people might not even need to go slow and will go cold turkey (I don’t think I like this saying..).
You’ll be surprised on how many options there are now a days, I mean even places like A&W, Fat Burger, Burger King, and Panago Pizza offer veggie burgers, and vegan cheese.
Grocery stores carry mock meats like crispy chickun, even scallops and shrimp, vegan cheeses including parmesan, sour cream, cream cheese, spreads, and slices. There are tons of dairy-free milks, desserts, including cheesecake, chocolate cake, ice cream with tons of different flavours!
What can you eat?
Breakfast: oatmeal, cereal, fruit, granola, tofu scrambles with vegetables, bagels, toast, veggie sausage, and veggie bacon.
Lunch and Dinner: Stir-frys, salads, pastas, burritos, tacos, sandwiches, soups, burgers, pizza.
Snacks: Nuts and nut butters, fruit, rice cakes, crackers, salad rolls, hummus, vegetables, chips, ice cream, granola and protein bars, chocolate, muffins, cookies.
The point I’m trying to get at is anything you eat now can be veganized.
Here are a few guides you can download, and look at that have everything you could possibly need.
Groups, forums, and network communities are a great way to get information, ask questions, and not only feel apart of something but be connected with other individuals who have the same passion that you do which makes the heart feel good.
If you’re in Calgary a great one to join is Calgary Vegans/Vegetarians there are currently 5000 members who might have the answer you’re looking for. This includes anything from great vegan restaurants to finding a specific vegan or cruelty-free product in the city.
For vegans anywhere in the world some other great ones are:
Some Of My Favourite Vegan Instagram Accounts
For activism, and information: PETA, PETA2, Animal Equality, Mercy For Animals, vegancommunity, vegan_universe, freeleethebananagirl, OneGreenPlanet, WeAnimals, VeganOutreach, TheHumaneLeague, VegNews
For food: bestofvegan, vegan, veganfatkid, ohsheglows,veganvideos, veganfoodvideos, veganzone, veganvultures, veganfoodspot, veganhacks, fettlevegan, themintyanne, fullyrawkristina, papaya_sunshine, brusselsvegan, veganfoodshare, hotfoodfood, letscookvegan, whollyvegan
For health and fitness: veganbodybuilding, torre.washington, naturallystefanie, nimai_delgado, fitnika101, domzthompson, biancataylorm, veganfitnessmodel, plantbasedmuscle, alphad307, fitfedandhealthy. missfitvegan, jonvenus, the300poundvegan, conscious_muscle
Fashion bloggers: fashionveggie, hannahhagler
For vegan themed clothing: talkvegantome, vegetaryn, thetreekisser
For beauty: veganmakeupshare, veganbeautyreview, logical harmony, crueltyfreegoddess
For humour: 416vegan, veganbros, vegan_of_doom, veganflexzone