10 Tips to Start Eating Vegan Today!

1. Start With Replacement Foods

There are so many options for new vegans to eat very similar to their current diet! For example, if you love a bagel and cream cheese every morning, don’t drift too far from that when making the initial switch. Even after 5 years of eating completely vegan, I love to start my morning with fresh fruit and then a bagel or english muffin with Tofutti cream cheese (my favorite is the Garlic & Herb flavor). If you love spaghetti and meatballs at dinner, use vegan meatballs and you won’t even notice the difference. You can also use Shirataki Tofu Noodles for a healthier and lower calorie option to traditional pasta. (Delish!)

2. Don’t Deprive Yourself

If you’re hungry…EAT! Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for snacks and eat them throughout the day. My favorite snacks are clementines, apples, bananas, carrots with humus and celery with almond butter. I also keep dried mango slices (my personal preference are those from Trader Joe’s) and Larabars handy if I’m in a pinch and don’t have access to anything fresh. Keep vegan options everywhere (purse, office, car, gym bag) so you can mask hunger or cravings during your initial transition.

3. Drink Water And Then…Drink More Water

Your body is constantly trying to clean itself from the inside out, especially when you put nutritious and wholesome food inside of it. Water will help your body flush out the toxins from years of consuming animal products and other processed foods. Your body may also feel withdrawal symptoms from the lack of dairy and animal products, and water will help ease any of the symptoms you encounter.

4. Understand The Health Benefits

If you understand the science behind why eating vegan is dramatically better for your health, you are more likely to stick with it! Watch the documentary Forks Over Knives, read anything from Dr. Neal Barnard, or do your own research online. It has taken me years to fully understand the health benefits of veganism, and I am still learning things every day as new research is conducted, but once I learned to put aside the years of incorrect information I was fed through big corporations and great marketing campaigns, I was more enthusiastic about eating vegan for my health.

5. Stock Up On Easy Options For Mealtime

Vegan recipes do NOT have to be complex and take hours to cook. No one has that kind of time. Always keep your favorite salad ingredients handy, and Mexican food is always a great, easy option. I always keep my fridge stocked with tortillas, salsa, guacamole, refried beans, and ground-beef style crumbles for an easy meal. Additionally, I am certain to always have the ingredients for a “beef” potpie, a personal favorite.

6. Make A Few Big Meals

Eating vegan does not mean you can’t continue to enjoy mealtime! If you make a few meals over the weekend that can be eaten throughout the week, you are more likely to continue the vegan transition with less hiccups. Try making a vegan chili with cornbread or curry lentils over rice or mashed potatoes.

7. Exercise

Physical activity is great for all lifestyles, and studies have shown that exercise increases your energy and improves your attitude. If it is a simple walk after dinner or a cycling class every morning before work, anything is better than nothing!

8. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself

The transition to a completely vegan diet can be a tough one, so if you have a few mishaps, don’t beat yourself up about it. It takes time to learn to read labels correctly and the withdrawal symptoms can be challenging for some people who have consumed excessive amounts of animal products for years. However, remember that you made a commitment to yourself for your health, and it is exactly that, a commitment.

9. Get Social

Your friends and family may not be into the vegan diet and they may be completely ignorant to the health reasons behind your transition, so find people who will support you and your journey to a healthier you! Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are a great place to find others just like you, traveling on the same path for health.

10. Have  A Positive Attitude

You are giving yourself a gift everyday you commit to eating vegan. The transition may be hard initially, but remember why you made the commitment to a vegan diet. Go into your new vegan diet with positivity, knowing what you are doing for your body, and believe that you can do it! If you believe, you will achieve!

36 Responses to “10 Tips to Start Eating Vegan Today!”

  1. Myrtle Martin February 1, 2014 at 11:58 PM #

    Would really like to become vegan to better my health. I could use jump start.

    • Ashley March 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM #

      Starting a vegan diet is something I also would like to do. I found an add on Craigslist by a lady offering FREE vegetarian starter kits. I have no idea what would be inside a starter kit other than literature or recipes but I went for it anyway. Under the free section. You simply email her your home address. I did converse with her thru email several times before giving that info out. She works with a animal rights group 🙂 Good Luck

      • Crystal Williams August 17, 2017 at 2:28 PM #

        Hello I read you comment regarding the lady who provided free starter kits to becoming a vegan. Could you provide me with her email address.

    • Brenda June 2, 2017 at 3:37 PM #

      I am a Wounded Warrior. I served 30th year’s. My body was in super bad shape when I retired. After many mental health session and medical procedures I gainedible lots of weight. I need to lose 50 pounds. Please advise.

  2. kim March 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM #

    I just started my vegan diet today after watching ‘Vegucated’ It really hit me hard when I seen the way animals are treated at the slaughter house.

    So far, I’m doing great. But I do seem to be really hungry much more often :/ but I’m pulling through!

    • N March 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM #

      Make sure you eat plenty of whole vegetables – they really fill you up! And another great thing is with vegetables – you can eat as much as you want 🙂 You can learn how to make a veggie curry or just build some delicious veggie sandwiches – I love slicing tomatoes, red bell peppers and onions really thick, putting them on bread with vegan mayonnaise or spread, and sprinkling on black pepper and unrefined salt. But you can always work with your favorite veggies instead 🙂

    • Ash July 13, 2017 at 4:12 PM #

      I always stop by a bulk barn, always been my favourite stop, but now more than ever, vegan SNACKS so important, remember that we aren’t eating FILLERS anymore

  3. Luminous Transcendental Serpent May 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM #

    I have a vegan beginners group on facebook. I am happy to help anyone starting out.


  4. Kasey McDaniel July 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

    Thanks for the tips! I’m finally ready to commit to a FULL vegan diet. Before I only went half vegan so here we go.

  5. Elaine July 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM #

    I learn a lot from this site, its been sometime now wishes to be vegan having difficult to withdraw from meat, thanx i join the group in FB

  6. Gregory Kiefer May 7, 2015 at 4:46 PM #

    As you seem to be a person who is very aware of the deceptions peddled by the agriculture lobby, and since you are someone who has benefited so much from being vegan- I am curious about your stance on animal rights. Though I have reaped the many health benefits that come with veganism, it was a commitment to kindness and compassion first and to my health second. What are your thoughts on this?
    And by the way, as a fellow native of the Deep South, I really really appreciate your fantastic recipes!

  7. Vegankickstart December 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM #

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    • Vegankickstart December 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM #

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  9. Abby September 6, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

    I am just a kid and I want to be vegan. I love animals to dearly to eat them. Now that I got my mom on board to help me I will be able to do it!

  10. Jason Johnson April 6, 2017 at 3:51 AM #

    Thank You doe the info

  11. Nihada Okicic April 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM #

    I am turning 17 soon and i am already vegeterian . Is it possible for me to become vegan and not lack nutrients and stunt my growth. If so… how can i prevent deficiency ? And is it a threat to a person suffering from scoliosis.

    I would appreciate some advice , thankyou

  12. Esnart Mulenga May 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM #

    I’m a Fibroids patient and the doctor advised me to go vegan and some foods are nt common in zambia as in da ones mentioned in your article. May u plz help me with a diet plan. Strictly vegan

    • Tameika November 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM #

      I had fibroids to me and y husband are going vegan I hope to change my health and see positive results soon

  13. Becky May 9, 2017 at 2:18 AM #

    Is there any online personal conversation

  14. Lynnette Frisbie May 9, 2017 at 2:21 AM #

    I too decided to go vegan once and for all this morning when I was reading the typical treatment of dairy cows whether they are organic or not ( before I thought it was safe if I just bought all my meat and dairy organic). Before I knew it I was sobbing. I was so desperately angry just wanting to save all those animals and feeling so lied to my whole life. If going vegan will put a drop in the bucket for reforming the food industry, you better believe I’m proud to do it.

  15. Bklyn May 18, 2017 at 10:14 PM #

    Thank you…. helpful information 😉

  16. Sandra fisher May 25, 2017 at 3:54 AM #

    Ive been a vegetarian for awhile now but i really would like to go vegan for health reasons. Im overweight and feel terrible.

  17. Melonie August 1, 2017 at 2:24 AM #

    I just watched “What the Heath”. I’m a nurses practitioner and trying to transition to vegan diet. It was a real eye opener. So sad.

  18. Stephanie August 2, 2017 at 10:32 PM #

    I’ve also just watched “What The Health” and I am convinced that a plant-based diet is the way forward. I have now subscribed to “What the Health” and have received great recipes and grocery lists, which I am determined to utilise, not only for me but also for my husband and three children. I know I will have challenges ahead with my children as they have grown on dairy products (like me) but don’t understand the reasons for a change now! I thought I was being a good mother by ensuring they had their daily intake of calcium and Vitamin D (cows milk and cheese) along with two meat meals per week! I feel very sad that what I thought was healthy eating was in fact the opposite! I am starting tomorrow, I was a vegetarian when I was younger and didn’t eat eggs for years for some reason! I will start and hopefully try to introduce more vegan meals for my family. I am sure if they are tasty meals that look good they will eat whatever is in front of them! The big battle will be cheese, salami and making snack, lunch boxes, which they will eat.

  19. Josie August 3, 2017 at 5:33 PM #

    Hi this is a very big discission for me and l want to do it for my health . i have so many questions on how to be a vegan . i have ortheristicarthritis and sleep apnea and wear and tear on my foot . the pain is so painful that i hope turning vegan will help for my mind. Body and soul .

  20. Donna.Mitchell August 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM #

    May I have some recipe sent to my email to start my diet

  21. Deborah August 6, 2017 at 3:06 PM #

    I recently watched a documentary called What The Health on Netflix and it made me want to become a vegan but I don’t know how to get started and how to make sure my body is getting everything it needs especially vitamin B12 and what I can use to imitate meat please help.

  22. Patricia August 12, 2017 at 5:19 AM #

    Hi I am celiac and would like to start a vegan lifestyle is that possible

  23. Patricia August 12, 2017 at 5:21 AM #

    Hi I am celiac and would like to start a vegan lifestyle is that possible and what vitamins do I need to take

  24. Lauren August 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM #

    Hi – I watched Forks over Knives last night, not realising what kind of documentary it was – I just thought it was about food in general. Well – now today Im trying vegan. Admittedly I had yoghurt for breakfast, and probably will have yoghurt for a few more days until the fridge is empty – but I am going to give this a shot!
    I love beans most fresh fruits and veg, so Im feeling confident today!

    Thanks for the article!!

  25. Savannah August 18, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    I am an 11 year old girl who lives on a small cattle ranch in Wyoming. I was very surprised to see the horrible abuse of animals when I watched Vegucated. I want to go vegan, but is that a healthy choice for a growing girl? I know my family probably won’t be much help as far as encouraging me and cooking vegan meals. Also, our ranch doesn’t treat our animals badly at all compared to the larger farms. We bring our cows to the veterinarian whenever they need a C-section or are looking sick and we make sure to get their vaccinations done and always let breeding happen naturally.

  26. Savannah August 18, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    I am an 11 year old girl who lives on a small cattle ranch in Wyoming. I was very surprised to see the horrible abuse of animals when I watched Vegucated. I want to go vegan, but is that a healthy choice for a growing girl? I know my family probably won’t be much help as far as encouraging me and cooking vegan meals. Also, our ranch doesn’t treat our animals badly at all compared to the larger farms. We bring our cows to the veterinarian whenever they need a C-section or are looking sick and we make sure to get their vaccinations done and always let breeding happen naturally.

    • Savannah August 18, 2017 at 7:42 AM #

      I also have iron deficiency anemia and it makes me feel tired and gives me anxiety because iron helps to distribute oxygen in my body.

  27. Debra Norrells August 20, 2017 at 10:12 PM #

    I would like to try it for my health

  28. Ashley Woodward September 19, 2017 at 1:38 PM #

    This is a great article for those who would like to go vegan, but I also, as a long time vegan, find information and inspiration. Veganism isn’t about deprivation, it’s about opportunity, about new recipes, flavors, and textures to try out. And soon you will experience an abundance of health benefits. But also, you should keep in mind that it’s a learning curve, you shouldn’t be too harsh on yourself, give yourself time to adjust and find what works for you. Like I mention in my article about going vegan (https://vegancookbook.com/going-vegan/) don’t be afraid to give vegan diet a try, and try not to let cravings ruin your resolve.

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