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These are just a few of the thousands of questions that people worry about when they think of going Vegan. And in our opinion, most of these questions are simply driven by the fear of changing our habits, our taste buds and our choices - since we have been eating and living a certain way all our life. But once you know the truth behind why it's important for each of us to go Vegan, there's really no looking back. Most of the questions will automatically be answered but we'll try and guide you as much as we can here. And of course, if you still have questions you can reach out to us or any other vegans in your circle or any vegan activists that you may be in contact with. We're always happy to help.
Take it Slow
Keep your end goal in mind, but go at your own pace. Some people manage to go vegan overnight and if that's the right approach for you, fantastic. But don't be concerned if you feel you need more time. Like any other lifestyle change, going vegan not only takes getting used to, but it takes time to determine what will work best for you. It's not a one size fits all experience and there are numerous approaches you can take. Making small changes to your everyday meals is one of the easiest ways to increase the amount of plant-based foods in your diet. You could start by removing meat or dairy one day a week and go from there. Or you could try changing one meal at a time, having vegan breakfasts during your first week, adding a vegan lunch during week two and so on. You could even try changing one product at a time by swapping cow's milk for almond or soya milk or butter for coconut oil or margarine. There's a plant-based alternative for almost every type of food you can think of, so you don't have to miss out on any of your favourite foods.
For more inspiration, check out this recipe section as well as Food and drink and our sandwich and wrap filling ideas. On a budget? This blog featuring the cheapest vegan meals may be able to help. This ideas and blogs by The Vegan Society can definitely make the transition easier.
Do it Right
Make sure you don't miss out on essential nutrients. Just because you're vegan that doesn't mean you're 100% healthy, as there are vegan versions of almost every type of junk food you can think of. As long as you eat a wide variety of tasty plant foods, planning a healthy diet that incorporates all the vitamins and nutrients you need will be a breeze. Check out our nutrition pages for more information, or seek advice from a registered dietitian.
Try New Things
Treat your taste buds to new foods and new flavours. Leaving your food comfort zone will take you on a voyage of discovery of new cuisines. There are thousands of vegan recipes out there from every corner of the globe. Whatever your culinary preference, you'll encounter amazing new dishes and interesting variations on your old favourites. Yet you don't have to be an award-winning chef to achieve this. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the number of meals you can easily prepare from things already in your kitchen or local supermarket ingredients.
Remember that going vegan is a learning curve. To live as a vegan in a non-vegan world takes both courage and curiosity. Veganism has been around since 1944, but it’s still a relatively new concept to many people. It’s important you allow yourself time to learn about the various strands of veganism – and remember to pat yourself on the back along the way for the progress you've made.
Ask for Help
"Where can I buy vegan chocolate?" "How do I bake cakes without eggs?" "I don’t know how to speak to my family about veganism!” If you have any of these questions or more, fear not - you're not alone. The internet has unlimited resources in terms of blogs, videos on Youtube, recipes on Instagram and so much more. Follow as many vegan pages as you'd like, the list is literally endless. Talk to Vegans around you to make your transition even easier. Link up with others through channels like Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, and you'll be surprised to know there there o many friendly people happy to help.
Keep reminding yourself of the reasons you've chosen a vegan lifestyle, and the benefits you've felt since going vegan. You'll probably find going vegan a lot easier than expected, but if you do have a bad day or feel this whole vegan thing is too much like hard work – take a deep breath and briefly reflect on your choices. Reading books or regularly watching informative and uplifting videos about veganism can help, as does keeping motivating visual reminders like photos of your favourite animals. Or how about locating your nearest animal sanctuary? Spending time with animals who are traditionally farmed and getting to know their wonderful personalities is a great way to reaffirm your commitment to veganism. If you can't do that, these positive videos of animals will do the same thing.
Don't Give Up
Remember that one of the most difficult thing you would have done in your life is living a vegan lifestyle - not because of the lifestyle really, but because of the backlash you amy face from friends, family and colleagues who will constantly mock you for the choices you make. Unfortunately, most of us have all experienced that. But as you start educating people around you about your reasons, eventually they will respect you for the very same reasons. And who knows, hopefully they could join you as well on this beautiful journey.
So yes, it's crucial that you do not give up. Because remember, veganism isn't a diet, it's a philosophy, its a fight against injustice metted out to animals. So just like we would not give up on any other philosophy that we believe in, the same applies here.