Decide what is easier for you: slow transition or cold turkey. I think this is mostly based on the type of personality that you have. I was vegetarian for a long time before I made the switch to fully vegan but once I decided I was going to do it, I got rid of all foods that were not vegan. Instead of throwing them away, I gave them to friends or coworkers and some things I dropped off at the local shelter.
- Two favorite blogs - Minimalist Baker and Oh She Glows
and Indian food is super fun to make! Curry, chickpea masala etc.
Favorite YouTube channels:
- FromMyBowl on Instagram – Caitlin Shoemaker on YT
- The Vegan Solution
- Banana Blondie 108
- High Carb Hannah
- An Idiot’s Guide to Plant Based Nutrition
- Victoria Moran – Main Street Vegan
- The China Study
- Forks Over Knives (also have good books too)
- Crazy Sexy Cancer
- Food Matters
- What The Health
Favorite Pantry Items:
- Beans (black beans, chick peas, adzuki beans, navy beans)
- Lentils - I find that I prefer red
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Square Organics Protein Bars (K8CANRELATE for 15% off)
- Raw nuts (walnuts, Brazil, pecans, almond, cashews)
- Unsweetened apple sauce
- Cereal (puffed millet, Kashi Sweet Potato Sunshine)
- Nutritional Yeast
- Blackstrap molasses
- Grains (millet, rice, bulgur)
- Seeds (pumpkin, hemp, sesame)
If you want to go out to eat, there is an app called Happy Cow that you can pay for or use online for free. This will tell you what restaurants in an area are vegan friendly. Asian food is always going to have something for you whether that just be rice and steamed veggies, they typically will always have tofu as well.
There are a ton of dairy free alternatives for things like yogurt, ice cream, cheese and milk obviously. I love the Silk yogurt and I LOVE the So Delicious cashew milk ice cream (it is SO GOOD lol) I also use the Earth Balance vegan butter (rarely but sometimes recipes call for it) so it’s just good to have in the kitchen. I have heard great things about Kite Hill cheese and Daiya is good if you have a craving for pizza or for a melty cheese sandwich, but it is not good just eaten plain (without heat)
Also I think the biggest thing you can understand is that it will be a growing and learning process. Don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up!