It has been 3 years since I jumped head first into this vegan lifestyle. I read Sistah Vegan (after Skinny Bitch helped me become a vegetarian for 2 years) and decided to kick dead animals (land and sea) and animal byproducts (eggs, dairy, etc.) to the curb. Even though things haven't always been perfect in this journey (I've slipped, fallen and jumped back on the vegan wagon a few times), I do feel it has been one of the best decisions that I've ever made.
I get questions about getting started all the time, so I've got you covered with 5 great tips!
Plan all meals and snacks-This is HUGE! You have to plan in order to stay on track. If you're used to eating whatever, this may be difficult in the beginning, but I promise you will get used to it.
Clean out your fridge immediately- Get rid of the dairy, eggs, meat. I became a vegan for ethical reasons, so please give these items to someone else who can use it instead of tossing it in the trash.
Don't bring non vegan ingredients into your home-Make the decision to not bring any meat, dairy and and eggs into the house and spend time experimenting with vegan ingredients.
Replace Ingredients-Instead of using dairy milk, replace with almond and/or soy milk. You can also replace your breakfast eggs with tofu scramble, your conventional butter with Earth Balance and use flax egg or Ener-G to replace eggs in your baking recipes. Don't feel like you have to stop eating certain things and instead look for a vegan replacement.
Most importantly, make the decision to go vegan. A lot of us talk about what we want but don't make the decision often enough to make the change. Decide to make a change to your lifestyle and get busy!
Are you starting your own journey today (or really soon)? Let me know your concerns or questions below!