How to Go Vegan Without Making Yourself Miserable

You've heard about animal cruelty in factory farming, right? And you know how fattening dairy is. But it's so hard to give it up! Well read on and find ways to help your transition.


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    Think about why you want to be vegan. There are many good reasons to become vegan and there are some bad reasons. Bad reasons include wanting to impress a crush or keeping skinny. Good reasons include:
    • Caring about animal welfare
    • Caring about world poverty and the use of grain for feeding livestock over people (a highly inefficient transfer of energy), plus additional methane output from beef cattle etc.
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    • Caring about your health; some diseases are thought to be put into the fast track by meat consumption and some illnesses are exacerbated by meat and animal product consumption
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    • Being a compassionate, sensitive person who simply cannot abide the thought of eating meat.
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    Start slowly. Rid yourself of one thing every week. For example, week one, no pork. Week two, no beef, and so on. Continue from meat to eggs to dairy to honey until you have reduced the non-vegan elements to nothing.*tip* Buy frozen vegetables for when you're running low on time. Lots of different options, but read the ingredients to be sure!
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    Replace! It is really important to replace the items that you are removing from your diet with healthy and delicious alternatives. Meat analogs are one example, as are non-dairy milks such as nut, soy, and oat milks. There are soy and rice cheeses, soy whipped cream and egg replacements made from grains and vegetables. There is pectin to replace gelatin and many other things that you can still have, just different versions.
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    If you get discouraged, remember how badly animals are treated, how poverty is exacerbated by high level meat production and how the environment can benefit from less meat eating. Perhaps elements of health problems that you have been experiencing have eased too. Consider good things rather than bad things about your lifestyle change.
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    If you cheat, realize that it's not the end of the world! In fact, it is just the beginning, as you start to try new foods and open your mind to a new range of possibilities. If you do error, apologize to yourself and move on to the original plan to keep veganizing your way of life. Just enjoy your food and start again each time. Also realize that sometimes there is a real need to err, such as for the sake of being diplomatic in family or other relations, when traveling, when sick, pregnant, etc. Always considering falling back on the hierarchy of vegan -> lacto-vegetarian -> ovo-lacto vegetarian -> pescatarian -> omnivore choices in that order if you have to err for any good reason. And don't beat yourself up; tomorrow is always a new day.
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    Meet other vegans. It is important to see thriving, healthy and happy vegans doing what you are doing. Join a club, get to meet more vegans and share stories, recipes and ideas.
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    Congratulate yourself. Every day. Even on days you cheat. Realize that a vegan diet, although kinder, is extremely difficult but it is possible and soon becomes so second nature that you will wonder why the transition felt difficult. You'll survive, along with the 90 animals a year that you are choosing not to eat.
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    Try new foods. Just because you aren't eating animal products doesn't mean that you have to deprive yourself. There are many delicious vegan foods out there, so use going vegan as an excuse to expand your palate and try new (vegan) foods and see which ones you like best. You may just be surprised.


  • It is easiest to become a vegetarian first, if you're not one already.
  • Purchase the book "Skinny Bitch" from your local bookstore or get it from your library. It will work wonders, that's a promise!
  • Exercise. Not only will you have fun and get in shape, you'll keep your cravings at bay.
  • Keep frozen vegetables on hand. Lots of varieties, so check the label!
  • Look for wartime cookery books for ideas on substitutes for animal-derived products.
  • Look for gluten-free or dairy-free products - many have vegan options (but read carefully as eggs are not taboo for gluten or dairy-free products).
  • You can look for meat and dairy substitutes, but they won't taste exactly like the real thing. For meat, try tofurky and other meat analogs from sausages to luncheon slices. For milk, try soy, rice, oat, almond, hazelnut, other nut etc. milks - a whole new world of flavors has just opened up to you.
  • Chocolate lovers- You don't have to give up on chocolate entirely! Dark cacao chocolate is vegan, but milk and white chocolate are not.
  • Going out for a meal, but there's no meals suitable for a vegan, except the plain salad? Then create your own meal by combining 2-3 vegan friendly side dishes.


  • Learn to read ingredient labels. You'll be surprised what is animal-derived.
  • It will be hard at first. Don't give up.
  • Yes, vegans do get protein! some good vegan protein sources include the obvious soy, but also avocado, beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, etc.), eggplant, squash, mushrooms, and zucchini.
  • Vegan restaurants are hard to find. If you live by a Follow Your Heart (please add where), try their food. It's delicious! Use online resources to find vegan restaurants. Most vegetarian restaurants can cater for vegans, and good cuisines include Asian and Middle Eastern for vegan choices. Ring ahead if you have no choice but to go somewhere that does not seem to offer vegan food and be prepared to help them out with ideas. Even a simple non-egg pasta with olive oil, ground black pepper and shredded basil can be easily made by any chef. And don't forget the plate of vegetables, boiled rice and bread roll when there are few other choices!
  • Make sure that you get all the nutrients you need! Poorly planned vegan diets often lack Calcium, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, and Omega 3. Broccoli, plant milks, and kale are good sources of calcium. The sun and mushrooms should be enough to get Vitamin D, and Omega 3 can be found in seeds and walnuts. Some examples of seeds are Chia seeds and pumpkin seeds.
  • Some vegans detest meat analogs; they are too like the real thing in taste and sometimes even have a gristly texture that grosses vegans out.

Things You'll Need

  • A kind soul
  • A strong will
  • Willpower, and lots of it

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Categories: Vegetarian Health