So you want to know how to become vegan?
Maybe you’ve done some serious thinking about transitioning to being vegan, or maybe you’re just curious and still a little undecided.
I’ve put together this article to help you on your journey to becoming vegan, and hopefully clear up any confusion you might have 🙂
Switching to a vegan lifestyle is not going to be super easy in most cases.
In the initial stages it might be easier because it is something new and the motivation is high.
But to maintain it is something that is not always easy to uphold.
You are definitely not alone with this and I want to help you make this process easier and maintainable long term.
What does becoming vegan mean?
Putting it simply, becoming vegan means you are choosing to embark on a diet that excludes all meat, dairy and poultry.
It can also extend beyond your diet. many vegans choose not to wear or use any products that could come from animals.
Fur coats, leather shoes, animal skin handbags etc.
You will notice more and more that many companies are making sure their products are vegan friendly.
Companies that produce supplements, makeup, hair products, face products, lip balms, all seem to be making the effort to produce vegan friendly products.
The list can be quite long!
Being vegan means eating a diet based around any or every other food that doesn’t include meat or dairy or poultry.
There are so many different versions of diets these days, and I personally don’t believe its necessary to “label” yourself.
Some people choose to eat a diet based on mostly plant foods, but still allow themselves the occasional dairy, meat or poultry.
I have been one of those people.
How to become vegan step by step
There are many different reasons why people choose to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle.
Whatever your reason is, I want to help you and make it easier to understand the process so you can maintain vegan living long term.
Here is my how to become vegan step by step guide.
1. Establish why you want to be vegan
I believe it definitely helps to establish why you have chosen to become vegan.
This could be for health reasons, animal rights or anything in between.
Whatever your reason is, that’s no ones business but your own.
Why does it matter to establish why?
Because it can help drive you and keep you on track with your new vegan lifestyle.
If you can establish why you are choosing this path, then it will create a foundation that you can grow from.
It should make the whole process easier right from the beginning.
2. Do your nutritional research
So many people switch to a vegan diet with little to no idea of the importance nutrition in food.
There are many essential nutrients we need on a daily basis for our bodies to function properly and avoid becoming deficient in any particular nutrient.
If you don’t do proper research on important nutrients, you may notice some negative effects on your body when you eat a vegan diet.
This can include hair loss or thinning hair, weak nails, dark circles under eyes, mood swings, fatigue and general lack of energy.
It is extremely important, with any diet to know what you are putting into your body.
One macronutrient in particular that can drastically decrease on a vegan diet is protein.
Protein is essential for your body’s growth, strength and repair.
If you have been used to a diet containing meat, poultry, seafood or dairy, it can be difficult to make such a drastic change to your diet.
These foods all contain high amounts of protein and certain healthy fats that is essential to good bodily function.
You can definitely get your daily protein requirements on a vegan diet,you just need to do your research.
Protein food for vegans
I have made a list of how to get protein on a vegan diet.
- Almond milk
- Black beans
- Red kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Lima beans
- Soy beans
- Chick peas
- Pumpkin seeds
- Plant protein powder
For more info on plant based foods that contain high amounts of protein, I have dedicated an entire article to protein for vegans. You can find it here – 10 High protein foods for vegans
Doing some nutritional research will definitely help avoid negative side affects when in transition to a vegan diet.
3. Ease into it – how to become vegan slowly
Becoming vegan is not something that you will adapt to over night.
Becoming vegan slowly can make it easier avoid such a sudden change to what your body is used to.
Going “cold turkey” is not something I recommend when switching to a vegan diet.
You do not need to feel guilty for taking it slowly and easing into a vegan diet.
You haven’t failed just because you decide to still consume certain amounts of meat, poultry, seafood or dairy
My advice is to ease into it with one or two meals a day to begin with.
See how this feels and get used to trying different vegan recipes.
The more you experiment with different foods you will be surprised how creative your meals can get!
By easing into it you are letting your body adapt to the change at a more manageable pace.
This may also help you sustain a vegan diet long term.
There is no rush, take your time 😉
Experiment with different foods and recipes.
You will be far more likely to enjoy the process.
Bonus – Benefits of being vegan
Here are some of the great benefits of being vegan…
- Weight loss – many people become vegan to lose weight, and they succeed! Many foods such as red meat and dairy can be high in fat. People who switch to a vegan diet often find they lose weight because they are consuming more plant based foods and fewer calories.
- Vegan diet appears to lower blood sugar and improve kidney function
- May lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- May protect against certain cancers
- Said to lower the risk of heart disease
- Could reduce pain from arthritis
Learning how to become vegan is actually a pretty simple process, you just need to do your research.
One of the most important things to consider is the types of nutrients you need and how you will get them from vegan foods.
There are clearly many health benefits of a vegan diet.
My best leaving tip for you is to just take it slowly.
Do your research, make a list of essential nutrients and then find vegan friendly foods that contain these nutrients.
Do you have any other tips or suggestions for becoming vegan?
Please feel free to leave a comment below 🙂
Best vegan cook books
Here’s a list of a variety of top rated vegan cook books to kick start your new vegan life style and give you some creative inspo!
**Rated Number 1 New York Times Best Seller!**
Thug kitchen seasons its recipes with profanities. Its known for its inexpensive and unique healthy vegan recipes. This is a very dry humorous book. If you don’t mind a little mischievous humour then this cookbook is worth a look! Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow loves it!
Created by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, America’s best selling vegan cookbook author. 150 vegan recipes for every day fo the week. If you like quick and easy cooking this could be the book for you.
Another **New York Times Best Seller** Written by Angel Liddon this vegan cookbook has over 100 recipes. If you’re a health freak into fresh, clean whole foods you’ll definitely find some delicious recipes in here!
This plant based cookbook is designed for people who want to eat clean plant based meals but also keep it affordable! There are 99 vegan recipes inside full of nutritious ingredients and are easy to put together!