You’re probably here because you’re curious or just doing your homework, but either way, I’m glad because you’ve just taken the first step toward becoming a vegan.
How To Go Vegan Step By Step
Good job on doing the first thing…
- RESEARCH -
This applies to everything you want to do. Begin by becoming acquainted with it. Don’t dive into a deep pool without first seeing what’s beneath the surface. Let’s get right to it!
What is Veganism?
“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
Is eating meat wrong?
See the reality behind the production of meat, eggs, and dairy in 12 minutes.
Is meat sustainable?
Is milk healthy?
Check how Erin Janus explains the industry in 5 minutes.
Are eggs vegan?
Erin Janus shows the truth about the egg industry.
Do fish feel pain?
They don’t scream, right?
What about honey?
Aside from it being bee vomit, why take the most important species on earth’s food source?
What's wrong with leather?
Learn about the leather industry in 1 minute. Also, vegan leather is cheaper and easier to maintain.
What's wrong with fur?
Witness this shocking fur industry.
How to start a vegan diet?
Do you have no idea where to start? Watch this.
How to go vegan on a budget? Follow Cheap Lazy Vegan!
What should I eat?
See also: Supplements You Need on a Vegan Diet
What is NOT vegan?
Here’s a list of non-vegan items to avoid.
How to be a healthy vegan?
Don’t listen to your junk food vegan friend! LOL. Kidding aside, follow vegan nutrition experts.
Plan your meals!
What vegan restaurants can I go to?
Find vegan-friendly restaurants with the help of this app. You can also add your favorite restaurants!
- WATCH DOCUMENTARIES -
You might want to start your journey by watching documentaries.
There are a lot of vegan documentaries available out there. You can watch them on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Netflix, Google Play and some are even free on YouTube, among other platforms.
Here are some for starters:
This documentary proposes a low-fat, whole-food, vegan diet as a strategy to avoid or reverse various chronic diseases. The film suggests avoiding too refined and processed meals. Forks Over Knives is a must-see for everyone who has health problems or wants to go vegan to improve their health by eating healthy.
The first three documentaries made me vegan, but there’s a lot out there. After I became vegan, I’ve seen others, and it took like a year for me to finish Earthlings because… (Watch it, and you’ll know what I’m talking about).
If watching documentaries is your cup of tea, feel free to choose from Livekindly’s list of 45 vegan documentaries.
- READ -
In addition to vegan films, there are many vegan books available on the market today for those who prefer to read rather than watch.
This list of 10 vegan books from A Million Dollar Vegan is well worth your time.
Follow vegan bloggers and learn from them.
- DON'T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF -
Don’t focus too much on what you can’t eat and focus on what you can eat instead! Try out some recipes. Make your favorite dishes vegan. Go to vegan restaurants near you. Start finding your favorite meat alternative today. It won’t be easy, your taste buds will try hard to adapt to it, but it will all be worth it.
- FIND SUPPORT -
In the Philippines, we have this group that is helpful to people like you who are interested in going vegan. Foreigners are welcome too! You can join here if you can’t find a support group in your area.
Having a support system, even if it’s only virtual, can be lifesaving. Join social media groups to connect with other like-minded people.
Lastly, educate the people you care about and invite them to try out vegan dishes with you.
You also might want to know how to be vegan and keep your friends.
Now that you know how to go vegan, why not try?
A few pointers
Are you ready to make a change? Here are some tips to help you with your transition:
First, consult with your partner. Explain why you’re making the adjustment. Your companion may decide to accompany you on the voyage, or you may have to undertake it alone. Talk about how you’ll handle grocery shopping, meal preparation, and dining out if you decide to eat differently.
Take careful notes. Make a list of vegan dishes you’ve enjoyed in the past and where you may find them. This can include ready-made meals from your local grocer, your favorite brand of soy yogurt, or delectable entrées from neighboring eateries. This helpful guide can help with last-minute meal preparation as well as shopping and eating stress.
Recognize your own expectations. Will you read ingredient labels to guarantee that no animal products are present in the foods you eat? Or will you go a different approach and serve ice cream at birthday parties? Veganism doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all proposition. You will be more satisfied with the transformation if you develop your own strategy and set reasonable goals.
Remove any impediments. Is it impossible to go vegan because there are no Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s nearby? You don’t need a gourmet or organic grocery store to buy vegan products these days. More stores are opening nowadays, not only supplying fresh vegetables but also meat alternatives, he says. Farmer’s markets are also becoming more common. You don’t have to eat organic or even fresh veggies to be a vegan. Vegans can also consume frozen vegetables and fruits.
See also: 5 Vegan Traveling Tips