Going Vegan for Beginners

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You may have wondered, is going vegan good for your health?

Does going vegan make you lose weight?

What are the health benefits of going vegan?

So many questions when making a big lifestyle shift and change! As a vegan for 6 years we have lots of wisdom and experiences to share. So, let's dive!


Vegans are strict vegetarians who do not consume meat, eggs, dairy products, or product derived from an animal. Vegans also don't wear leather, fur, silk, or wool.

A vegan diet is filled with whole plant-based foods as well as vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, fruit, and the now ever-expanding selection of meat and dairy alternatives.


Save animals. Protect the planet. Improve your health.

By going vegan, you're automatically decreasing the consumption of animals for food. Every time you vote for a vegan meal, you are voting against animal suffering.

Veganism also helps protect mother earth's natural resources.

Veganism is the ultimate and necessary step for all environmentalists and those wanting to make less of a negative impact on the earth. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of deforestation and pollution. It's also the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction. It's also responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption.

Processed red meats are likely to raise your risk of having cardiovascular disease. There are many studies and documentaries you can watch about the health benefits of veganism and some of my favorites are: Game Changers, Cowspiracy, What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Vegucated, and Food Inc.

You need to see these documentaries for yourself. The research, facts, and information is something you can't look away from.

And yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger is vegan.



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It's 2020, and I've just hit my decade as a vegetarian. Ten years ago, I was in the hospital after a surgery recovering when "it" hit me. Food is medicine, and if I want to be healthy, then I need to take care of my body my entire life, not just when I'm older. So that day I decided I was going vegetarian, but I WASN'T doing it cold turkey. I had been a failed vegetarian for two years, having tried cold turkey methods several times, this time would be different. I decided I would take it at my own pace.

Month by month I knocked things off my "do not eat list".


I started with chicken, then one month later red meat, then one year later I knocked off fish. I honored what fit my lifestyle at each stage, and shortly after going full vegetarian, I started my journey towards ethical veganism. "I could never go vegan" was totally in my vocabulary. I used to say it to other friends all the time. But one day, I couldn't unlearn what I had just read about the abuse animals endure for the production of eggs and dairy. Did you know? Cows must give birth to calves to produce milk. Cows don't just magically continue to produce milk, as soon as milk is not present, farmers artificially inseminate females to restart the process. Now the next step is even more disheartening. Shortly after giving birth, calves are taken away from their mothers. With mother cows showing extreme distress, their calves are taken and fed a formula diet because humans will consume the milk she produced for her baby, not her calf. Shit's fucked up huh?

I encourage you to do research, and watch videos of mother cows calling out for their calves. It's heartbreaking and no living being should have to go through these types of abuses. If you're curious why eggs aren't a compassionate choice either, I encourage you to watch the below. 


Do it at your own pace: 

This is by far the most essential step. Only you know what will work for you, and you must decide that before you start your journey. Are you an "all in" type of person that is instantly committed when your mind makes a decision? Then going vegan cold turkey will probably work for you. Are you more anxious about commitment? Is it hard for you to make a choice? Then maybe starting your journey and taking it step by step might work better for you. Or you could try going vegan for a month? What's important with this step is that you're honest with yourself and create a plan that will end successfully.

It's okay to mess up:

No one is perfect. If one day you have a slip-up, that's okay. Ask yourself why the slip up happened and get back on the wagon. Just because you have one bite of meat or dairy doesn't make you a failure. You're human. Be compassionate with yourself, and try your best every day.

Start with what's familiar:

What are some of your favorite meals or dishes? This is where you'll want to start on your food journey. Veganizing your favorite meals can be lots of fun and the perfect way not to feel overwhelmed. As you go down the vegan route, you might feel frustrated that your options won't be the same. Cooking your favorite meals at home will give you a sense of control. Familiar tastes with different textures. Embrace your new-found creativity in the kitchen and allow yourself to cook and alter flavors intuitively.

Tell your friends & family:

Your friends and family should be there to support you since most importantly they want to see you happy. By sharing this news with your closest confidants, you'll reinforce your motivations for going plant-based while preparing yourself to tell co-workers and other people who might have a harder time understanding. Your closest friends and family will also help you keep your word. It's been shown that when a person verbally states something out loud, they hold themselves more accountable. This accountability could give you the boost you need to commit to a plant-based diet.


When I went vegan, I didn't know any vegans for years. I lived in a small town in New Jersey, and many of my friends didn't understand my new vegan lifestyle. But nowadays, there is almost always at least one other vegan everywhere I go. As conscious consumerism increases, more and more people realize how their decisions impact the world. It's now common for someone to know the term "vegan" without having to explain it for 15 minutes. With social media, it's easier than ever to connect with vegans from around the world and be inspired by their beautiful foods and words. So here is a short list of my favorite conscious living accounts.

Sweet Simple Vegan 

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This breakfast is perfect for spring and is ready to eat in about 30 minutes!⁣ Find the recipe below and on https://sweetsimplevegan.com/2020/03/vegan-carrot-cake-pancakes/ ❤️ Music by @justinbieber ! ⁣ Ingredients⁣ * 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water)⁣ * 1 cup unsweetened almond milk⁣ * 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar⁣ * 1 cup all-purpose flour*⁣ * 4 tsp baking powder⁣ * 3 tbsp vegan cane sugar⁣ * 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)⁣ * 1/2 tsp salt⁣ * 1 cup finely shredded carrots⁣ * 1/4 cup raisins*⁣ * 3 tbsp finely chopped walnuts⁣ * 1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon⁣ * Optional: 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg⁣ * Optional: 1/8 tsp ground cloves⁣ Cream Cheese Topping⁣ * 3 oz. vegan cream cheese⁣ * 2 tbsp powdered sugar⁣ * 1–2 tbsp almond milk, as needed⁣ Top with⁣ * Shredded carrots⁣ * Walnuts, crushed⁣ * Raisins⁣ * Maple Syrup⁣ * Cream cheese topping (above)⁣ ⁣ Instructions⁣ 1. Prepare a flax egg. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal along with the water and mix until uniform. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.⁣ 2. In a bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients along with the flax egg until uniform. Add all of the dry ingredients and combine everything just until a uniform batter forms. Do not over-stir as this creates tough pancakes. Set aside for 10 minutes.⁣ 3. In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese topping. To a small bowl, add the vegan cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon almond milk. Whisk together until smooth and adjust sweetness to taste. Add an additional tablespoon of almond milk if needed to thin to your liking. Set aside.⁣ 4. Lightly grease the non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Once heated, add the batter 1/4 cup at a time. Flip once the edges begin to dry and bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes, and then cook for a few minutes more.⁣ 5. Serve with a dallop or drizzle of cream cheese topping plus additional shredded carrots, crushed walnuts, raisins and maple syrup. Enjoy!⁣ ⁣ Notes⁣ * To make this recipe gluten-free, we suggest using the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour. We have used it in a similar recipe with success.⁣ #veganrecipes #veganeaster #sweetsimplevegan

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Alexa Fueled Naturally 

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SESAME PEANUT RAMEN STIRFRY! A MUST try!!! Simple ingredients & @chancy.james said it’s his favorite ❤️😅 RECIPE Ingredients: 2 ramen noodle packets (discard flavor packets! PS... i use GF rice ones! But use whatever ramen noodles u can get) Small handful peanuts Cilantro for garnish (optional) 4-5 kale leaves, finely chopped 1 tbsp coconut oil or oil of choice Crispy tofu: 1/2 to a full package of firm tofu 1/4 cup corn starch Sauce: 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce (or Tamari, coconut aminos or liquid aminos) 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or brown sugar 2 tbsp water 2 1/2 tsp peanut butter (or sunflower butter, tahini, almond butter would work perfect too!) 1 tsp hot sauce (like sriracha.. you can add more if you want more heat or leave it out) 2 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds 1 tsp sesame oil Method 1.Remove tofu from package and wrap in a couple paper towels gently pressing on tofu to release a bit of the moisture. Cut tofu into cubes then roll each tofu cube in corn starch making sure each side is coasted. 2.Bring a hot skilled to medium heat and add enough avocado oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Once hot, add cubed tofu and cook on each side until golden & crispy. Season with salt and once removed from pan place on a plate lined with paper towel. 3. While you cook tofu, sauté kale in 1 tbsp oil for 4 mins. Then cook your ramen noodles. While noodles and kale is cooking make sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. 4. Once kale is ready and cooked and ramen noodles are cooked as well, add the ramen noodles to the kale followed by the sauce. Toss to combine then serve immediately... topping it off with peanuts, cilantro, more sesame seeds and crispy tofu! • • • #veganfoodporn #veganfoodie #crueltyfree #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #whatveganseat #veglife #plantbased #plantbaseddiet #foodporn #comfortfood #dairyfree #vegetarian #veganaf #vegancheese #f52grams #feedfeed #yum #plantbased #plant #veg #noodles #ramen

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Haile Thomas

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SO THRILLED TO SHARE THE COVER OF MY BOOK “LIVING LIVELY” TODAY!!! AND IT’S LIVE ON @amazon, @barnesandnoble , @harpercollins + SO MANY MORE!!! 🥳🥳🥳💗⁣ LINK IN BIO!!!! ⁣ Wowowoww, I can’t believe this day is here and that I can share my book cover with you all!!! this project has been one of the most challenging things I’ve ever committed myself to. There were so many moments when I would be so afraid and anxious because it was quite the learning curve. Organizing photoshoots, flights, agendas, payments, designs and mood boards…going from 1 word on a blank page to well over 20,000….all of this was unfathomable and VERY new to me at one point or another. .but here we are. HERE WE ARE!!! While it has been challenging, it has been 10000x more rewarding and overall has helped me grow and get to know myself better and deeper. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽⁣ ⁣ ABOUT THE BOOK: “Living Lively” is a unique cookbook and inspiring guide that combines 80 delicious, wholesome, super-powered plant-based recipes with a “7 Points of Power” manifesto to inspire the next generation of leaders to take care of their health and nurture their ability to make an impact and create a life they love ⚡️💗⚡️💗⚡️💗⁣ ⁣ I know the book doesn’t officially drop till May 5th, but I just want to quickly thank my amazing family and friends for being the best through this journey so far. THANK YOU @itsmysoulshine @itsniamone @hugh_l_thomas — To my incredible friends and personal inspirations featured in #LivingLively @lulusdreamtown @niasioux @hannah4change @gabriellejordanintl @mayasideas @itsniamone — thank you for contributing your brilliance, life experiences, and vulnerability to this book as means to uplift and inspire others. — TO THE DREAM TEAM that believed in this dream of mine and brought the book to life….my editors: @cassiejonesmorgan & Jill Zimmerman @harpercollinsus, Kate Fox @harpercollinsuk ❤️ my agents: @thelisaekusgroup @sallyekus @sara_pkrny & Jaimee ❤️ my photographers/stylists: @alexseyreyes, @chefwillcoleman, MUA @chaddbell_beauty —The positive energy and love that has been poured into this book by all of you is something I am deeply grateful for. Thank you!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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We hope you found these tips and stories inspiring. Remember that it's not about being a perfect human, it's all about doing your best every single day.

If you're interested in plant-based life coaching, drop us a comment below. We are currently taking on clients who want to learn about changing their lifestyle. Coaching includes daily text messages with words of encouragement and daily tips as well as a one on one guidance of how to switch to a more conscious lifestyle.

Good luck everyone!

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