Last month I celebrated 2 year of being vegan. I initially went Vegan back in 2017 but I only lasted 3 months because I wasn’t fully commited. Now I’m a happy vegan and it’s the best thing I’ve done for myself. I’ve learnt a lot from my 2 years of veganism and my first attempt of being vegan.
I’m going to share some tips that helped me along my veganism journey and hopefully they can help and inspire you to take the step towards this incredible lifestyle.
1. Follow vegan food Instagram accounts
Instagram is full of thousands and thousands of incredible vegan accounts. There are some amazing vegan food bloggers out there like @elavegan and @nikkivegan. They both share some amazing vegan recipes there and they both also have a YouTube channel. My sister also has an Instagram account called @anavocadohatingvegan where she shares the food she makes and I also have a vegan insta called @beccavegan.
Some of my favourite and most useful Instagram accounts I follow are @nowyouknowitsvegan and @accidentallyveganuk. They share new vegan foods and drinks available in the UK. You’d be surprised at how many things are accidentally vegan, it’s amazing!
2. Educate yourself
Documentaries are your best friend when it comes to veganism. I recommend watching “Forks Over Knives” and “Cowspiracy” on Netflix first. There are some really upsetting scenes in both of these documentaries but they open your eyes to the real world. We’ve been programmed since childhood to consume animal products and to accept animal cruelty and these documentaries open your eyes to see what’s really going on right under our noses. They also show why we don’t need animal products to be healthy and the affects of animal agriculture on the planet. It’s so interesting and once you watch these you will never look at your food the same, I promise you that.
3. Find your why
Finding your why is so important when it comes to any lifestyle change. You’ve got to have your why in order to be successful in the long run. Everyone’s why is different but my why is for the animals, planet and my health. I don’t want to be the cause of animal cruelty and I also want to avoid getting any disease linked to animal product consumption. But every vegan and vegetarian for that matter has a different why. And successful vegans always have a powerful why.
4. Listen to podcasts
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau also knows as The Joyful Vegan is one of the most inspiring vegans I’ve ever come across. She’s been vegan for years and she’s helped thousands of individuals go vegan. When I first went Vegan I listened to her podcast called Food For Thought every single day. She’s a beautiful woman who is so kind and compassionate. She also has 7 books and her most recent one titled “The Joyful Vegan” is one of my all time favourite books. It’s all about staying vegan in a world where consuming meat, dairy and eggs is the considered the “norm” . It’s like the Bible for vegans. Colleen also hosts online cooking classes and is famous for her 30 day vegan challenge which is a great way to step into veganism.
5. Meet other vegans
I’m very lucky because my youngest sister has been vegan for 4 years and she was the biggest inspiration for me to go vegan. I saw how she was and still is thriving eating plant based and I realised it actually isn’t difficult to do. It’s so nice to have someone close who shares the same beliefs and ethics as I do. If you don’t have someone in your personal life who is also vegan then you can find lots of vegan support online. There are thousands of incredible vegans on Instagram, twitter, YouTube and of course there are some great vegan bloggers too.
6. Start by cutting out meat
When I first went Vegan, I went from eating a standard western diet including all animal products then I watched a documentary on Netflix and went Vegan over night. That was hard honestly. I never found cutting out meat difficult because I’ve never been a big meat eater but if you do like meat then I suggest just cutting it down gradually. But for me and lots of other vegans, cutting out the eggs and dairy is much more difficult. For me cheese was really hard to give up but that’s because I was actually addicted to it even though I’m dairy intolerant and I definitely paid the price when I ate too much! Fun fact for you, cheese is actually addictive because it triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs do.
One thing a lot of people don’t realise is you don’t have to go vegan over night. You can take it one small step at a time until you’re ready to fully commit and take that step. Remember you are allowed to go vegan at your own pace and dont let anyone else judge you for your journey.
7. Try having one vegan meal a day
So, you’ve decided to go vegan? I suggest making one meal a day completely vegan. You can start by changing your breakfast to a big bowl of oats cooked with plant milk or water and topped with maple syrup and fruit. That’s such a delicious breakfast and you can switch up the toppings each day so you don’t get bored of it. Plus, oats are amazing for you and they will keep you full and satisfied for hours.
8. Pinterest is your new best friend
I spend so much time on Pinterest and a lot of that time I’m looking up different vegan recipes. You can find a vegan recipe for everything on Pinterest. If you like buffalo chicken and you want to try a vegan version, there’s hundreds of vegan buffalo chicken made from cauliflower on Pinterest. Or maybe you love lasagne. Just search for a vegan lasagne recipe and you’re good to go. Vegan lasagne is something I still havent made but I’m planning on it over Christmas because lasagne was my favourite meal before I went vegan.
At the end of the day, I know veganism isn’t for everyone and that’s ok. I just hope this post helps some people who are considering going vegan or trying to be eat more plant based.
Remember, every little helps. Just by switching to one vegan meal a day or one vegan day a week you are making a positive difference to your health and to our planet.
Are you vegan? If so, please comment down below and we can start a positive little group together and meet other vegans.