New anon here, but I've been reading up on veganism A LOT lately and I really want to make the switch but idk where to start. Did you read any books or articles that helped you start? I know I can't start cold turkey either but how did you start to dip your feet in vegan waters if that makes any sense 😂
I’m probably not the greatest person to ask, but I will try.
So, when I first started going vegan, I made a post and someone replied to it with a bunch of good information and nutrition stuff. You can find that here.
Now please note I was l already not eating red meat and I had cut out dairy by this time pretty much, but what I did was cut one thing each week and start eating something else vegan whether it would be eating more fruit or veggies or whatever plant thing or a vegan substitute like tofu or vegan cheese. I did this until I was no longer eating animal products. This is just what worked for me, you may have to try other thigs to make it work for you, it’s a learning process.
I’m working on cutting out cruelty non-food products now (i.e. makeup) which has been much easier because you just finish what you have of it and don’t buy it again.
I like to use the app is it vegan. This was recommended to me by a friend and I believe it is available on ios and it is absolutely available on Android. You can scan things or search things to see if they’re vegan or not, and it will tell you if it’s vegan, not vegan, vegetarian, etc.,
I wish I remembered all the articles and stuff I read but honestly, I spent like a week and a half reading articles upon articles and basically I’d search any questions I had on google about veganism. Most of which had to do with nutrition because I was worried due to the fact that I generally struggle with nutritional deficiencies especially iron.
This brings me to my next point and it is SO IMPORTANT:
Plant foods are generally A LOT less calorically dense than meat or animal products. So, when you’re eating plants you need to eat a lot more of them to be full and to fulfil your caloric intake need. What I did to help this, is I literally just ate when I was hungry anytime as long as it wasn’t right before bed because if I eat right before bed I will not sleep lmao. I’ve actually read some studies where they find snacking rather than just having three meals is healthier, so that’s an interesting thing I’ve learned recently. So it might seem like you’re eating a lot more when in fact, with each thing you’re eating you’re generally eating a lot fewer calories.
Seriously, this is how a lot of new vegans (from what I have seen) make it difficult for themselves, is they literally do not eat enough because visually it looks like you’re eating the same amount of food when you’re really not taking in as many calories, if that makes sense, and what happens is the body does not have enough energy and you typically get low blood sugar from this, and then you give into old cravings and habits because your body needs the energy and that’s your natural instinct is to go for animal products.
If this happens, don’t beat yourself. Dust yourself off and keep trying. This is a journey to a new lifestyle, and you’ll probably mess up a few times here and there, I know I did. The important thing is that you’re trying, you’re learning from mistakes, and you’re getting better! :)
Also, this is just a personal choice I made, I would stay away from the processed stuff like vegan cheese (which with some work you can make yourself) as much as you can because it’s a lot more expensive. That’s pretty much what people are talking about when they say veganism is expensive because processed vegan food can get expensive. I recommend sticking to fruits and veggies, and beans, and seeds, and nuts, and pasta, and all that good stuff because buying staples like potatoes and rice and that sort of thing, in the long run, is cheaper than buying a bunch of processed stuff from the vegan section. You get more, it’s healthier, and it’s cheaper if you just buy the non-processed stuff. Like definitely indulge if you want to, but for me, I don’t super often because I’m hella poor.
Also, another way to stay from cheating is to meal prep like hell and always carry snacks like carrots or celery or oranges with you. I learned this the hard way.
I’d also recommend putting a post out asking for advice. There are so many people with so much advice to offer out there, and they are generally so happy to help, and it was really helpful to me when I first started. There’s a great community of people out there who would welcome you so warmly.
I wish you so much luck and happiness on your journey and I hope you find it as fulfilling as I have (: