Vegetarian to Vegan

The idea of transitioning to a vegan diet can be daunting for some but the good news is it’s actually quite simple. We’re brought up to believe many ridiculous myths about veganism, but the one which affects this transition the most is the belief that you’ll just be left with various salads. This is definitely not the case however if you are finding it hard or have failed in the past, I’ve come up with a list of 10 tips that will hopefully make it a bit easier.

  1. Buy plant based milks. Use these exactly how you would with dairy but be sure to try more than one – there’s lots to choose from! If money is an issue it’s a good idea to take a look at supermarket own brands which tend to be cheaper. More substitutes can be found here.
  1. Buy an egg replacer (Orgran is a popular brand) or check out the list of natural substitutes on this post. Use these to vegan-ify your favourite treats.
  1. Check if your favourite foods are accidentally vegan. You would be surprised at how many products contain no animal ingredients at all. Check out ‘Accidentally vegan food (UK)’ here on Mad Rabbits for more information.
  1. Ask for animal ingredients to be removed when going out to eat. Fortunately, more and more restaurants are becoming vegan friendly but if all they have are vegetarian options they’re usually able to make your meal vegan.
  1. Don’t be put off by super complicated recipes online. Most recipes can easily be made with the ingredients in your cupboards.
  1. Quickly scan through ingredients labels by checking the bold words. You’ll be good at this in no time!
  1. Ensure that you’re getting enough B12. This can be found in products such as plant based milks and cereal so if you have either of these you should be fine. If you’re taking a more natural/raw approach it’s a good idea to supplement with a multivitamin. More information on B12 can be found here.
  1. Go shopping! Now, I know this seems like an obvious one but you would be surprised at the number of people who try going vegan but fail because they’re living off bread and rice. Get cookies, cereal and ice cream! Veganism does not need to be restrictive.
  1. Convince a family member or friend to go vegan with you! Support each other and share information. This can make the process much easier.
  1. Follow vegans on social media. I know this one helped me a lot. It’s a good way to meet likeminded people and find out that the donut you’ve had your eye on for a few weeks is actually vegan.

Enjoy the vegan journey and be part of the future, it will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!