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How to go vegan?

As you embrace vegan living, find joy in the little things and take each day as it comes. You've chosen an amazing path, so enjoy the journey to the fullest.

It’s time to share a little secret: transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is actually a breeze.

Congratulations on taking the first step on your vegan journey! Here are some proven tips to guide you along the way.

Take it slow

Keep your end goal in mind, but proceed at your own pace. While some people transition to veganism overnight, others may need more time, and that’s okay. Like any lifestyle change, going vegan requires adjustment and experimentation to find what works best for you. It’s a personalized journey, and there are various approaches you can take.

Making gradual changes to your meals is an effective way to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. You could start by eliminating meat or dairy one day a week and gradually increase from there. Alternatively, you can transition one meal at a time, beginning with vegan breakfasts and progressing to lunches and dinners. Swapping out animal products for plant-based alternatives, such as almond or soy milk, coconut oil, or margarine, is another approach.

With plant-based alternatives available for nearly every type of food, you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite dishes. Explore our recipe section and food and drink suggestions for inspiration. Remember, every small step towards vegan living counts.

Do it right

Don’t overlook essential nutrients in your vegan diet. Just because you’re vegan doesn’t automatically mean you’re eating healthily, as there are vegan versions of almost every type of junk food imaginable. To ensure a balanced diet, focus on consuming a diverse range of delicious plant-based foods. Planning nutritious meals that provide all the vitamins and nutrients you need can be straightforward with careful consideration. Explore our nutrition pages for guidance, or consult a registered dietitian for personalized advice.

Try new things

Indulge your taste buds with new foods and flavors. Venturing beyond your culinary comfort zone will lead you on a thrilling journey of discovering new cuisines. With thousands of vegan recipes from around the world, there’s an abundance of exciting dishes and inventive twists on old favorites to explore. You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to embark on this culinary adventure—many delicious meals can be easily prepared using ingredients found in your kitchen or local supermarket.

For more information, including a list of specialist online vegan stores, check out our shopping section. If you’re in Europe and not quite ready to step out of your comfort zone, our guide to vegan-friendly options at European restaurant chains may be helpful. And if you’re curious about vegan food, our ‘best vegan food’ blog compares different varieties to help you find your favorite.

Keep learning

Going vegan is a journey of learning and adaptation. Living as a vegan in a predominantly non-vegan world requires both courage and curiosity. While veganism has been around since 1944, it remains a relatively new concept for many individuals. Give yourself the time and space to explore the different facets of veganism, and don’t forget to celebrate the progress you’ve made along the way. Each step forward is a commendable achievement worth acknowledging.

Ask for help

“Where can I buy vegan cakes?” “How do I bake biscuits without eggs?” “I don’t know how to speak to my family about veganism!” If these questions resonate with you, you’re not alone. Our website offers a wealth of information and resources to address these inquiries and more. Connecting with other vegans can also be incredibly helpful during your transition. Join platforms like Facebook or Twitter to interact with like-minded individuals who are eager to offer support and guidance.

For additional assistance, consider downloading our free app or participating in our free Podcast program. These resources provide daily information and support to help navigate your first month as a vegan. You’re not alone on this journey—reach out and connect with the vibrant vegan community for encouragement and assistance.

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Remember why

Keep reinforcing the reasons behind your decision to embrace a vegan lifestyle and the positive changes you’ve experienced since making that choice. While transitioning to veganism may be smoother than anticipated, it’s normal to encounter challenges along the way. During difficult moments, take a moment to pause, breathe, and reflect on your values.

Engaging with educational materials such as books and uplifting videos about veganism can provide encouragement and motivation. Surround yourself with visual reminders, such as photos of your favorite animals, to reinforce your commitment to compassion and sustainability. If possible, consider visiting a nearby animal sanctuary to connect with animals typically raised for food and experience their unique personalities firsthand. Alternatively, watching heartwarming videos featuring animals can evoke similar feelings of connection and reaffirm your dedication to veganism.

Don’t give up

If you have confidence in yourself, adopting a vegan lifestyle will gradually become second nature. Your decision to embrace veganism is rooted in strong convictions, providing ample motivation to stay committed. When facing challenges with friends or family, don’t lose hope—our resources on socializing and problem-solving can offer valuable guidance and support.

Keep in mind that there are numerous vegan communities both online and offline where you can find encouragement and camaraderie. Joining these groups can provide a sense of belonging and solidarity, making your vegan journey feel less solitary and more empowering.

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