March 20, 2016

Experience & Positive Advice For New Vegans From Vegans

"Accidentally vegan lists are a pleasant surprise when you first become vegan. Hello bbq shapes!" - Claire.

"Do it for your own reasons. And do it your way! Don't let anyone shake your beliefs but be open to learning new things. There are 2 sides to every story - so know where you stand, by knowing the full story! Food is the easy part... I didn't know I would have to be so humble."

But it has changed my life for the better, and it will positively impact yours!" - Christie

"Don't apologize for your choices. At the same time, don't be preachy, angry or judgemental. It makes the rest of us look bad." - Jennifer

"Read blogs- do lots of research"- Kathryn

"Educate yourself, read everything you can find and never give up. It is the easiest and most profound thing I have ever done. The animals are worth it." - Lori

"Spend time with animals"- Lynden

"There is a detox period and that is not fun!!! My head hurt so bad and I could barely move from my sofa!! It only last three days and then I really did feel amazing!! So much energy but I quickly realized that I was not a healthy vegan as I thought I was. Watch out for oils in tofu and the oils that you cook your veggies in!!! I again seven pounds in the six months that I went vegan!! I should have done more research like everyone is saying!! I might try it again soon now that I'm a little more informed. Now I'm eating mostly veggies! Good luck!" - Jamese

"Visit a growers or farmers market and let yourself be totally inspired!" - Angi

"Pinterest has been my go to for finding recipes and inspiration, and if I find something I like I'll check out the blog it's linked to. Having a well stocked pantry with healthy essentials like herbs and spices, lentils, canned tomatoes etc has made it easier to put together meals based on what I feel like. Your supermarket guide was helpful too smile emoticon." - Kylie

"take one day at a time and dont beat yourself up if you slip up." - Cyndi

"Meal planning and organisation will do wonders, check out heaps of vegan blogs/books for recipes and inspiration. Most of all don't be hard on yourself, enjoy and embrace the change. If you are doing it for the right reasons it won't feel like you are giving something up." - Tash

"Gather as many vegan cookbooks as possible with lots of pictures and get familiar with cooking and new techniques. Eating everything you want, as much as you want, cruelty free! Get health info from and" - Tata

"Have faith in your decisions and don't ever think that 'it is just too hard'. So many people tell me that it would be too hard for them to become vegan, when in fact the transition is not that hard at all. Remember that you are doing it for the greater good of all living creatures and also bettering your own health. Take meals that you enjoy and find substitutes to recreate those meals, it's a lot easier than you think and your body will love you for it!" - Steph.

"Keep yourself accountable with a friend started his/her journey as well! That helped me a lot :)" - Carol

"Get yourself acquainted with some good vegan chocolate and icecream, so you're not tempted to go for the dairy stuff πŸ‘" - Zoe

"Aaaah yessssπŸ‘†πŸ‘† get yourself a yonanas if vegan ice cream is difficult to find 😜. It's hard to get it here in Japan 😒" - Carol

"make your fruit & vegetable store you main source of fuel. It's about eating real food not foods that mimic the foods you made a conscious choice not to eat xx"

"Take it easy, one meal at a time :) we all make mistakes!" - Emz

"Ignore bad comments of dumb people who claim to "know, that this could never be healthy" - Linzi

"Find your vegan comfort food, something easy and quick that you can always go back to when cravings hit you, mine is vegan risotto with pesto it is creamy rich and hits the spot" - Palomak

"Try to get a combo of fiber and protein in every meal to keep you full, take a vitamin b12 supplement & earth balance has good substitutes for mayo and butter!" - Relak

"Don't look for anything to taste exactly like the things you've left behind! Appreciate ft he good you are eating & the new flavors." - Tess

"Have a (veggie friendly) cheat meal! Recreate an old favorite or indulge in some vegan junk food. Without this, I feel like people get overwhelmed & feel like quitting. Also, always remember why you started." - Seb

"Instead of looking at the transition to Veganism as a diet, where you are depriving yourself. Look at it as a new lifestyle of abundance, where you can eat all the fruits and vegetables your heart desires. Make it fun, try a new fruit or vegetable anytime you get the chance! Overtime you will retrain your taste buds and I swear fruits and vegetables have never tasted so good! (I literally start salivating at the sight of an apple these days!) Engulf yourself in readings and documentaries, look to inspirational vegans on the internet for additional support, tips, recipes, and guidance along the way. Veganism is a kinder, simpler lifestyle that reconnects you with nature and all earths beings including your true self. Most of all, please do not beat yourself up if you fall- be patient, be kind, and be loving to yourself along the way and always!" - The Organic Giraffe

"Learn the benefits of what your eating. For example, everyone's concerned with where you'll get your protein, beans are a great source of protein and contain many other vitamins and minerals such as iron and a great source of fiber! Quinoa is amazing because it's a complete protein, is also a very good source of iron and magnesium! This way you're aware and can feel good about what your eating and can outsmart all the sillies who ask you "where you get your protein" :)" - Veg Life

" vegan beer and wine directory. Some commercially made drinks aren't vegan at all as a friend of mine pointed out.. 🍷🍺" - JR

"Educate yourself on what food you need to eat and how much to get all the nutrition you need. Research ingredients. And be positive!" - Jay

"be flexible. Don't sweat it if you have to eat vegetarian once in a while (like I just did on my holiday, vegan food was hard to come by). i also try to fit in with my carnivore partner (even though he is very good about eating vegan most of the time)." - Marilyn

"Be willing to open yourself up to a whole new world of flavors (even if you are like me and you had limited cooking skills even before going vegan lol). Accept the learning curve as an exciting adventure eg new shopping list, new recipes and new tastes - in the end you can pretty much "veganise" anything anyway!!! Join groups, get support online - this will expand your knowledge and will help get you through the times when your friends and family may be less than supportive about your lifestyle change. And know that every day you are vegan is not only good for you but awesome for all the animals you are saving" - Natalie

"See a dietitian if you're feeling stuck. Find some plant-based sources of protein. SUPPLEMENT B12--can't stress that enough. Don't worry if you screw up. Make sure you find a supportive Facebook group, not an angry one." - Erin

"Everything you think you will miss you won't within a very short space of time. And there is always alternatives. Being vegan is an incredibly beautiful journey." - Laurin

"Your spice rack will become a drawer. You will find recipes and think, hey i have everything! One step at a time. AND, WELL DONE!" - Angela

"Be kind to yourself.....its about doing your best and not beating yourself up when you make mistakes. Hang in as it gets easier" - Carolyn

"Get good cookbooks and follow vegan bloggers, variety and creativity helps." - Nanette

"It's your own personal journey and every vegan choice you make is saving another animal x" - Belinda

"Look into the prices of items,very exspensive,cheese,could not believe a lot of items are double the price because of vegan title,look at accidentally vegan site" - Kathy

"Start by being kind to yourself - mistakes will happen just learn from them." - Allison

"Don't imagine (or draw) faces on vegetables... or you will starve." - Peter

glendaahh - Supplement B12 and eat a variety of plant based foods. It's ok if you slip up don't punish yourself for it!

 - Be kind to yourself if you find you’ve accidentally consumed an animal by product. I had no idea wine is not made equal. Sorry, two pieces of advice, consult a dietician, best thing I ever did. My diet is really well balanced.

k_camarota - Be patient and enjoy the process! Not every day will be easy but experiment with new foods and cooking techniques and you’ll be amazed at how simple this lifestyle can be. Also watch YouTube for tons of ideas

melly.yy_ - Use CRONOMETER.COM to understand where you're getting vitamins and nutrients from in your new foods. It made me really appreciate some foods and all of their amazing benefits! I also went to a vegan dietitian with a list of questions, I would highly recommend that to learn about food further.

_tinalena -Don’t rush into it. If you crave cheese when eating out, then have some. I also wrote down my favourite meals and tried vegan versions of them :) I can honestly recommend Deliciously Ella’s recipes and cook books!
But yeah the most important thing is to ease into it and to not pressure yourself.. start with one vegan meal a day and once you found amazing recipes make the transformation slow so it will last πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸ’š

steadyonwards - Find websites that have recipes and substitutions for things you can make vs. Store bought alternatives. When you have a craving for a nonvegan meal or food item, search for its alternative and learn how you can do it or get a close alternative. Make your food interesting and appealing to yourself, no one is saying you need to be a raw vegan to start. While being healthy is important, understanding nutrition, getting better at cooking, and keeping your interest and excitement in food helps you the stay on track. Know that you can do it, make research your friend,and you have support. Remember that you are making a difference, your helping end needless death and suffering for those who can't save themselves, and you're of capacity to take control of your own life and decisions.

doesthiscomeinvegan - Go as slowly as u need to, @peta say ‘progress not perfection’ and I wish I’d heard that in my early days. Also I got so excited by all the meat alternatives which are delicious (some not all lol) and found I was eating waaaay too much processed foods- not great for me. Not all tofu is created equal- go for organic. Lastly, there’s no shame in supplements, even meat eaters may need these! Finally enjoy all the delicious vegan food out there! ☺️

anerpenava - Everything will be fine, you have a cheese and sour cream substitute.

linaduse - B-12

veganeats_qld - Learn to love veggies πŸŒΏπŸ˜‹

sugarmag72 - Dont be so hard on yourself and find your "go to" easy meals for when you dont want to think to hard about what to eat. Use guac instead of sour cream on tacos...just as creamy. Some things you won't like. Some you will. Then eat those things again. πŸ˜€

c___collins - Focus on all of the things you CAN eat instead of the short list you can’t. I would also echo the recommendations of cooking to try many different meals, knowing you won’t like them all, and also knowing that you’ll find a few that you can readily whip up when you’re not feeling creative.

merit__me - It can be hard, but just remember that peanut butter is vegan and can be eaten out straight out of the jar πŸ˜‰ jk

emilyjayne_14 - Know that if you stick with it, it will become second nature, effortless. Learn to love cooking and never ever forget why you have chosen this lifestyle (for me the animals come first). Focus on Whole Foods to feel and look your best, but enjoy treats too. Be proud to be vegan and remember that true friends will be supportive, (even my most non vegan, meat loving friends that I’ve known many years, try their best to accommodate me and are supportive) and “friends” who abandon you or get angry are probably not really very good friends..and that ok, just move forward. ✌🏼

vegan_kangaroo - Don’t be hard on your self....everyone has a vegan journey and no one is perfect x

pedacosdebomcaminho- Don't mind other people's opinions. Just smile, otherwise you will get in arguments at everymeal 😊

"Don't aim for perfection. - Larissa


  1. Get a B12 supplement and prepare answers for "Where do you get your protein/calcium/iron/omega 3?" You'll get them a lot and it's important to know how to get everything you need.