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10 Things You Need To Know Before Going Vegan

10 Things You Need To Know Before Going Vegan

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10 Things You NEED to know BEFORE Going (1)

 

These 10 things will make it a lot easier to follow a vegan diet.

1. Honey is NOT vegan. You might know that, but non-vegans will not. You will be correcting people forever on this and it will spark many debates.

2. Most table sugars are not vegan. This is a shock to many people because sugar is not an animal product. The reason it is not considered vegan is because it is often processed with bone char. This makes the sugar white. You will need to check labels and buy the ones that are labeled vegan. That is the only way to know for sure if it really is. 

3. Everyone will assume that you love ALL vegetables and every salad known to man. Once you spread the word that you now follow a vegan lifestyle, be prepared to eat plain vegetables and salads at every dinner party. 

4. You will need to make time to plan your meals. This really isn’t a big deal once you get used to it… but you will not always have time to read labels or shop at specialty restaurants for every meal so you will need to get creative and plan ahead.

5. A vegan diet doesn’t necessary mean that you will only be eating healthy foods… and in the beginning you will eat lots of french fries. This is one of those hidden shame things. So many restaurants haven’t gotten the memo about people not eating animal products and often the french fries are the only safe thing on the menu {although even the french fries can have beef fat in them so always double check}.

6. People will judge you and voice their concerns as if you have chosen to join a cult. Remember that is comes from lack of knowledge and it is not a personal attack. Consider it an educational opportunity.

7. You do need to worry about vitamin deficiencies, especially B 12. You will feel like you are eating enough veggies to get all the nutrients you need but, at least in the beginning, it is a good idea to find a health care practitioner that understands the special needs of a vegan and get your levels checked.

8. You will make mistakes. Don’t let it worry you too much. You will realize after you eat something that it had egg whites in it or dairy products. Move on and remember it for next time.

9. Identify what vegan milk you like right away. You will want milk in your coffee or cereal and you will want it soon. Pick out what non-dairy milk you like the most right away and stockpile it. There are so many types now… from almond to rice to even hemp milk. I love coconut, but my daughter likes soy better. Find the one that you like.

10. Vegan meat alternatives will save you. When you get a craving for a ham sandwich have one made with fake meat. This will make the transition so much easier and it will open up your meal possibilities. So many traditional recipes can be veganized using meat alternatives. 

 What else should someone know before going vegan? 

42 Comments

  • Mistee Dawn says:

    Great post. I’ve always wondered what it involved, being vegan.

  • Tammilee says:

    Great tips! I have been vegetarian for 15+ years and friends and family still don’t get it

  • karen says:

    Heather, i hope this doesn’t come off rude, as I certainly don’t mean it that way. I am just curious to know why a vegan would want to eat a “ham” sandwich. I am not a vegetarian, but it seems to me that if I decided to stop eating meat on my sandwiches, or elsewhere in my diet, that i wouldn’t want a fake version of it. Do you just miss the taste of it? Like a craving for good chocolate or a hot espresso? I know you can only speak for yourself, but any ideas?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Karen! Totally not offended at all… I like questions! I think this is a very valid point you bring up… why would someone who doesn’t want to eat meat still want the taste of what they don’t want to eat? For me personally it’s not about the meat taste itself. I haven’t had real meat in over 25 years so it’s not the taste that I’m craving per se since I don’t even remember what it really tastes like. It’s the experience of eating a comfort food, in this case a sandwich itself that I want. For people just starting out I think it’s even more important because they will be craving their traditional diet and this helps to transition. It’s also a texture thing. I might not remember the taste of meat in my chili, but I remember the texture of it and that is why I add veggie ground rounds to my chili… again not for the taste necessarily but for the experience.

      I do see nothing wrong if someone does crave the taste of meat when they give it up. Everyone has completely different reasons for following a vegan diet.

      • markor14 says:

        Heather,

        We use A LOT of meat substitutions. My daughter is vegetarian, my husband is omni & Im vegan. We only cook vegan in the house so meat substitutions are a great way to keep everyone happy.

        Also I’ve yet to meet a vegan who is vegan because meat tastes BAD. I love the taste of meat & chicken. But I went vegan because despite my enjoyment of these flavors I couldnt look the other way after knowing the horrors of factory farming & learning about the mental capabilities of these gentle animals. I chose to not rob beings of their life to make mine more convenient but of course I crave burgers…theyre good!!

        Ps. Once you learn to make your own vegan substitutes or buy the ones that agree with you most you wont even be craving the meat itself just the goodness of comfort food.

  • Kelsey Apley says:

    Great post, and I think you have some great points for sure. I am not vegan and probably won’t do it, but it is good to know!

  • susan says:

    I have always wondered exactly what going vegan entailed, this is some great information, thanks

  • Sharon says:

    I just learned more about the vegan lifestyle than I have ever even thought about. Thanks for the primer!

  • My hat is off to anyone going vegan. I don’t know if I could give up meat!

  • Shauna says:

    Very interesting… I have always wondered about Vegans…my nephew is a vegetarian and I didn’t know the differences… thanks so much

  • There’s so much to consider, know I know what my niece has been through!

  • I had no idea that honey wasn’t vegan. That is good to know!

  • I have lots of Vegan friends, I am complicating switching myself.

  • A great post! I think it’s important to remember that it’s okay if you want to take it slow and remember that every little bit helps. My husband and I went vegan within a couple days. That’s what worked for us, but it won’t work for everyone. Also, I think it’s important as vegan to spread the word. That way you’re REALLY doing everything you can to help more people stop eating animals.

  • Sofia says:

    Wow, I actually thought going vegan was easy. I guess I should stick to my diet :) Thanks for the post!

  • This was really quite enlightening. I know I could never go vegan. but my husband’s cousins have recently gone vegan and it’s interesting to see what they have to deal with.

  • Angela says:

    I don’t eat a lot of meat, but don’t know if I could go all in for Vegan. I learned so much from this post!

  • Great tips and wonderful post. I would love to go vegan but had nooo idea that I had to worry about soo many things first.. glad i found your post…

  • Pam says:

    I did not know that most table sugars weren’t vegan. That’s interesting.

  • You are so right. I tried strict vegan for 30 days. Never felt better but it was SO HARD!!! So many things are just OUT and it’s difficult to find replacements that taste good.

  • Wow! I did not know that honey wasn’t vegan. It’s so natural and doesn’t really come from an animal (unless an insect is considered an animal – lol). Hmmm. I don’t eat meat so I’m always trying to snack on nuts & beans to make up for any vitamin deficiencies.

  • These are awesome things. I don’t think I could ever go vegan but, I respect that. :)

  • My daughter was vegan for two years, but ultimately she couldn’t support her active lifestyle and high level of fitness workouts with the diet, so she went back to vegetarian.

  • Melissa says:

    Wow, I had no idea about most of that stuff!

  • Kenda Smith says:

    We have a large, active vegan community here where I live. I enjoy visiting their cafes and restaurants – but I do love meat so I don’t think I could go that route full time. It’s interesting reading all that goes into it! Definitely a lifestyle of dedication.

  • I’m interesting to learn that honey isn’t vegan. Lots of great tips and thinking points here for people thinking about vegan lifestyle.

  • Carlee C says:

    I knew about the vitamin deficiencies, but had no clue about Honey. This is definitely a great place to start for those seeking this type of eating regimen.

  • Great post Heather! I’m dairy free and egg free (and gluten free) due to severe allergies and I’ve felt for years the need to give up the rest of the animal products. I’ve been slowly having more and more meat free meals to make the transition. Great tips! I did know about the honey though.

  • Keikilani Jackson says:

    I know a lot of teen girls who are making this decision right now. This is a great article to give to help them understand the decision they are making.

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