FIRST STEPS ON YOUR VEGAN JOURNEY
#1 WATCH A FEW LECTURES ON YOUTUBE
YouTube can be a great resource to find more info on how (and why) to go vegan and to avoid making mistakes. From fighting for animal rights and the environment to living everyday life as a vegan, everyone can find a vegan or plant-based YouTuber to their taste.
You can find great lectures on YouTube by renowned plant-based diet researchers and doctors, such as John McDougall, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn, Neal Barnard, Michael Greger, Milton Mills, and others (just enter one of the names in the search field).
We found their lectures very helpful to get answers and rebuttals to all those health-related questions and theories every vegan is too familiar with. Humans are carnivores! Where do you get your protein as a vegan?! But what about vitamin B12?!
Yep, all that stuff.
One note: beware of people without any scientific credentials who talk about important health-related subjects!
#2 GO TO PINTEREST
Our diet is the biggest part of your day to day life that will need to change when you decide to go vegan. Immediately after making the switch, you may find yourself wondering, “Okay… What do I make for dinner TONIGHT?!”
In the near future you will discover lots of amazing vegan recipes, but today, Pinterest can be a great place to start searching for them.
This website is the best place to find tons of vegan and plant-based recipes, discover amazing vegan food blogs, and see a picture of every recipe you find.
It’s true that Pinterest has more pins in English than any other language, but other languages are represented too: we’ve searched for recipes in Arabic and found quite a few of them!
Pinterest is a great way to discover new, delicious dishes when you’re just starting out.
#3 GO TO A NEARBY BOOKSTORE AND LOOK FOR VEGAN COOKBOOKS
Look at the layout of each book and the common ingredients in a few recipes. Is the layout convenient enough (the way the recipes are grouped, clear marking of breakfast-lunch-dinner recipes, allergy information, etc.) ? Can the ingredients be found easily in your local grocery store?
If you answer ‘no’ to both of these questions, move on to the next book you’ve found: you’re unlikely to be using a book that’s not very convenient to use or makes you run around your town in search of an exotic ingredient.
#4 STOCK YOUR PANTRY RIGHT
Okay, you don’t have to undertake an epic, one-time grocery shopping spree to buy lots of healthy, plant-based foods and fill up every drawer in your kitchen – it’s no problem if you take your time with that.
#5 FIND YOUR VEGAN COMMUNITY
In case you begin feeling lonely on your vegan journey, look for vegan groups, both online and offline. The Internet is now available almost anywhere – so is Facebook, Instagram
Facebook has lots of groups and pages dedicated to various aspects of the vegan diet and lifestyle. And who doesn't like to make new friends?
And now, a message that might be the most important at the beginning of your vegan journey:
If you slip up, please don’t think that everything is ruined forever. It’s not. Just get up and keep going in the right direction.
In fact, a lot of people go through a transition period on their path to being fully vegan, and it’s OK as long as you remember the exact reason that led you to start your vegan journey (your health, compassion for animals, reducing your carbon footprint, etc.).
Let’s strive to be the best versions of ourselves – ditching animal-based foods and going vegan can be a good start!
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