Tips for New Vegans
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The new year usually comes with new goals, new resolutions and new promises to ourselves. It seems to be an almost universal fact that with the transition of a year, a season, after a birthday, etc., we feel motivated to check back, evaluate and especially change. For me, a few years ago, this meant finally taking slow steps to being vegan. Little did I know that just 17 days into the process I would have made it all the way and have never looked back since. You see, I think we all have this very strong belief that it will be difficult, challenging, scary, that it will have many ups and downs, and that can be true, but it doesn't have to be.
What I actually experienced as that the hardest part was actually jumping on the wagon, I had to be motivated enough to finally say I was going to give it a real try, and then start. Once I decided, once I put a date on the calendar and told my husband I was going to give it a real try, the actual "eating and living vegan" part just flowed. It flowed because I followed the two steps I always tell people to start with, when they want to give veganism a try:
Step 1: Arm yourself with knowledge as to the "why"
Why are you going to make such a change? Why is this change important and urgent in this planet, why are so many doctors and nutritionists recommending this dietary change, why does it have such a profound impact on the world we live in? What actually happens (with animals, our environment, our health), when we turn a blind eye and keep eating animal products?
Step 2: Go all in
Make the decision to try it, set a date in your calendar, tell someone so you're accountable and give it a try. Go into it like when you decide to try out a new hobby you're really excited about, only instead of buying the best surfing classes and the coolest new surf board, buy some great books on veganism, join an online program or course, get any tools you might need, get a great recipe book that sounds interesting, organize your kitchen and fill it with delicious vegan foods that excite you. Don't go into it without this sense of excitement over something new. Motivation and the way you approach a big change is EVERYTHING! If you go into it already ready to fail, unmotivated and second guessing everything at every step, guess what will happen?
These are two very important steps I feel are essential before going vegan, but what are some tips for new vegans that will actually help you along the way while you're making all these changes? That's what today's post is all about, and I'm also including a video we did recently for our friends at Vegan Outreach that will also help a ton.
I'm giving you my favorite tips for going vegan, not based on what most people recommend, or what experts say you should do when approaching a new way of eating. These are the tips that helped me personally. The little things that took me all the way to vegan, and especially the ones that helped me stay there.
Ready?! Let's do this thang!
Tip number 10: Knowledge is power
Buy a book, join a program, read your favorite vegan blog, it's so important to be informed. Getting optimal nutrition, learning how to build a balanced plate, understanding why this change is so important, knowing some basics on how to answer people's questions when they ask. All of these are important, but even more so, it helped me (the only vegan I knew) to not feel alone, to understand there were other people like me out there that had the same questions, concerns and motivation.
People always ask me what resources I recommend for new vegans, so I made a little vegan resource library with all my favorites that you can check back with at any time to see what's new. It includes everything from plant based friendly doctor directories, vegan nutritionists, vegan dietitians, awesome nutritional information, my favorite books, cookbooks, podcasts, online programs and courses and so much more. You can access it by clicking the button below!