How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 easy steps Transitioning to a vegan diet can be overwhelming in the beginning. Five years ago, if you would have told me I would be vegan this long I would’ve laugh in your face. When I decided to change to a vegan lifestyle, I chose to transition over the course of 4 months. I also know some people that were able to change their diet immediately. It’s all about what works for you. No matter what path you choose, here’s how to transition to a vegan diet in 5 easy steps.

 

What’s Your Why

They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. But without having a reason why you’re making a change; 9 times out of 10 you will fall off. Why are you changing to a vegan diet? It can’t only because Beyoncé did it and she’s snatched – even after having twins. Do you have a love for animals and hate how they are being treated on farms? Are you trying to lose weight? Once you find your reason, get a journal and write it on the first page. I say to do this so you have something to reference back to.

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 easy steps

Be Open Minded

I cannot say this enough! Keep an open mind when it comes to veganism. There are so many misconceptions about being vegan. Do you get enough protein? Are you calcium deficient? Isn’t it expensive being vegan? Do you only eat salad? Yes I get plenty of protein from veggies. Almond milk has more calcium than dairy milk. My family actually saves money being vegan. Also we eat a lot more than salad LOL. Thank God I did a lot of research prior to my journey because I was questioned a lot. Had I not been educated, I could have easily gotten discouraged. In addition to doing research, I also suggest getting blood work done at the beginning of your journey and 6 months after to make sure you’re getting all the
nutrients you need.

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 easy steps

Plan Your Meals

Starting out you can get frustrated because you may not know what to cook. I suggest getting on YouTube or Pinterest and finding substitutes to some of your favorite meals. For example, if your family loves spaghetti you can do noodles, sauce and substitute your ground turkey for mushrooms or Boca crumbles if you don’t mind soy. This way you get to eat your favorite meal but without the meat. I always suggest starting off substituting your favorite meals because it’s something that’s familiar to you. As you get more comfortable cooking vegan meals start venturing out to new things and adding on to your pantry.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

If you want to go out for dinner, I would highly suggest viewing the restaurants menu online prior to going out. That way you already have in mind what you can eat. Surprisingly a lot of restaurants will accommodate you if you tell them your vegan. I would also suggest downloading Happy Cow (Apple can download here and Android here). This is an app that will list vegan friendly restaurants and stores in your area.

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 easy steps

Supplement

Although eating a vegan diet is amazing, some essential vitamins we do not get. I would suggest taking B12 and Vitamin D supplements. With B12 you can choose to take this in pill form or you can add nutritional yeast to your food (most commonly used in vegan cheese). If you are already taking a multivitamin, make sure they have these two in them. I’m not a nutritionist, so I also suggest speaking to your doctor about your lifestyle change for additional tips.

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 easy steps

Messed up? No Biggie. Start Over

We all fall off sometimes and that’s okay. If you have a day where you revert back to eating meat, don’t be hard on yourself. There is always tomorrow to start again. Re-evaluate your why, strategize and plan out meals. My favorite thing is sharing dishes with my non-vegan friends. Have fun on your new journey!

 

 

6 Comments on How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Trice
    November 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm (1 month ago)

    Great tips! I think I told you I tried a plant based diet for 10 days once. It was a challenge but I got creative. I found some things I liked but I missed chicken though 🙈. I’ve thought about it a lot since then but would have to slowly transition. Anyways thanks for the tips. I will definitely refer back to this post if and when I try my hand at veganism again.

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    • lalafoxx
      November 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm (1 month ago)

      Glad it was helpful! Now they have so many alternatives for chicken that taste like the real thing. I’ll have to make you some chick’in masala one day ❤️

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  2. Tonya White
    November 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm (1 month ago)

    I been trying all year to get into a vegan diet but didn’t really know how to go about it. I completely weaned myself off of pork with no problem, I started eating beef every now and then and I started eating a lot of salmon

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    • lalafoxx
      November 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm (1 month ago)

      That is the same route I took. I cut out pork first, then , beef, chicken, turkey, fish, then dairy. I did this over the course of 4-6 months. The best thing was not putting too much pressure on myself. But I will say the more I learned the less I desired meat. I’ll have more tips posted soon, along with recipes. Hope you come back soon 💕

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  3. Amerika B.
    November 17, 2017 at 11:18 am (4 weeks ago)

    Very informative and helpful. I’m not vegan but if I wanted to switch to that lifestyle this would definitely get me right.

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    • lalafoxx
      November 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks Amerika! Glad it was helpful ❤️

      Reply

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