There is one question I get asked more than any other from fans of the facebook page. “How do I transition from vegetarian to vegan?” Luckily it’s an answer that I am somewhat qualified to answer because that is how I made my way to veganism. There are several types of vegetarians so the answer would be slightly different for each.
Six years ago one of my best friends asked me to watch a video. We were having lunch, senior year of college, on my birthday. Becky, my friend, had made me a chocolate cupcake and instead of a candle on it, she had place the stem of a flower into it. It was a beautiful piece of food art that only Becky could create. About half way though eating that cupcake she showed me a video that changed my life forever. I had never seen animals being abused or slaughtered. It left a permanent mark on me and I went vegetarian the next day.
I later decided to go vegan and I thought it would be easy. I mean giving up meat is the most difficult part right? It turns out that is not true for a lot og vegetarians. I get private messages on Facebook all of the time asking me how to give up dairy and eggs. It is a struggle for a lot of vegetarians looking to make the switch to vegan.
There are basically three groups of things you have to let go of as a vegetarian. The first one is eggs. Next is milk and cream. And last is cheese.
Looking back on my journey towards veganism I wish I had come up with a better plan. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and frustration. It’s difficult and with good reason. In the case of cheese, science has shown that it is actually addictive. So not only are you having to give up a food you love, you are likely addicted to it as well.
I have taken my personal experience of making the change from vegetarian to vegan, used the power of hindsight combined with all that I have learned as a vegan, and come up with a plan to help you make the switch. It’s best if you take it in stages. Stage one is milk and cream. Stage two is eggs. Stage three is the hardest for most people. That is when you will give up cheese.
If you are ready to take the leap and go vegan, my plan should make it easy for you. It all starts with stage one! Find out exactly how to do it on the next page.