Want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? This checklist demystifies all the common roadblocks to veganism, and gives you a manageable, fun way to embrace this healthy, ethical, and future-oriented lifestyle.
How To Go Vegan In 30 Days Or Fewer
Day 1: Know and believe that you can do it The hardest part of any lifestyle change is overcoming mental obstacles.
Day 2: Get yourself a vegan meal plan The hardest part, aside from being prepared to make the change, is maintaining momentum. Having meals cut out for you will ensure you won't feel lost or discouraged.
Day 3: Be prepared for family and friends to ask questions They may understand quickly, or they may not. Remember that it's not about their reactions or commentary, however extreme it may be - it's about your response and how you can educate them.
Day 4: Go at a pace that feels right for you, but commit to the process If that means beginning with one vegan meal per day, that's a great place to start. Getting your habit to stick is the most important piece of the puzzle. Commit to what you know you can achieve.
Day 5: Be prepared for some people to make fun of your new choice Remember not to take it personally, and say "I don't need to answer that right now" if someone asks a rude or selfish question.
Day 6: Take 3-5 of your favorite foods and look for vegan versions at the store (e.g hot dogs, burger patties, chicken, fish, or meatballs).
Day 7: Brands like Beyond Meat, Gardein, Sweet Earth and more have already created incredibly realistic plant-based versions Make a meal with one!
Day 8: Keep yourself well-educated Nutrients like B12, iron, Vitamin D, and iodine can be trickier to get on a vegan diet through food alone. Use supplementation to fill nutritional gaps.
Day 9: If you're getting discouraged about not finding vegan friends, look through your social media contacts to see who may be posting recipes or going to vegan events Strike up a conversation to learn more and become closer friends!
Day 10: Try a new vegan restaurant Most major cities have excellent options, but if you aren't near a major metropolitan area, do a quick online search to see what's near you.
Day 11: Try an app like Friender, The League, REALU, or Bumble BFF to start conversations with new vegan pals You never know who may be your next vegan bestie!
Day 12: Use a website like http://www.adaptt.org/ or http://vegankit.com/ to keep you on track and informed of vegan basics These two sites provide plenty of great information for new vegans.
Day 13: Make a list of your top 7-10 favorite meals and search online for vegan versions There are thousands of mouthwatering, cheap, and easy vegan recipes that will ensure your transition is seamless.
Day 14: Go to your favorite local bookstore, and browse the cookbooks and recipes section for vegan material You may be surprised at what you'll find!
Day 15: Remember that veganism, just like anything else, is a journey, not a destination The joy of being vegan comes with appreciating a life filled with consciousness for animals, the environment, and human health.
Day 16: Share your vegan experience with others! Provide personal stories of transformation and new informational tidbits that your friends and family may have overlooked Most people go vegan as a result of being influenced positively by family and friends.
Day 17-19: Read a vegan book While books may not appeal to everyone, reading at least one book on veganism will help you reinforce your vegan knowledge and answer questions confidently when asked.
Day 20: Take one non-vegan dish you love and make a vegan version of it Browse Pinterest or One Green Planet if you need ideas!
Day 21: Watch a vegan documentary to grow your knowledge and be reminded of what's happening Good starter films are Cowspiracy, Vegucated, Earthlings, Carnage, and What The Health.
Day 22: Find a vegan podcast, YouTube channel, or email list you enjoy learning from, and subscribe Make it a point to regularly learn about what's going on in the vegan world.
Day 23: Consider inviting a friend or family member out to a vegan restaurant with you Chances are they'll like it, and you may discover something new as well!
Day 24: Experts say it takes at least 21 days to ingrain a habit, which means you've now passed that hump.
Day 25: Look through your closet or belongings and find at least one item you can replace with a vegan alternative This could be anything from shoes, belts, and jackets to a purse, winter coat, or sweater.
Day 26: Sites like https://billionvegans.com/ and https://www.veganlifemag.com/ offer plenty of vegan lifestyle tips Check them out if you get stuck or need that one vegan version of a product.
Day 27: Sign up for a vegan support community like Challenge22+, if momentum is starting to wane Lifestyle changes are always easier with likeminded people!
Day 28: Make your favorite dessert vegan-style You're almost near the end, and deserve some self-love!
Day 29: Attend a vegan talk or event Building relationships with the wider vegan community, and seeing how many diverse types of people embrace veganism will encourage and strengthen you.
Day 30: Celebrate!!! You made it to the end of a challenging journey Cherish this victory with your favorite meal, dessert, or activity. Remember that veganism benefits you, the animals, and the Earth! Share this checklist with someone else who may be interested.
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