I have a lot of vegetarians who visit the website who want to switch from vegetarian to vegan. I think a lot of us came to the vegan lifestyle that way. We started out as vegetarians and as we learned more and saw the health benefits in our bodies we wanted more. And some of us saw the videos about dairy farms and realized we had to stop the dairy. You may be looking to make the transition for weight loss.
No matter why you want to make the transition from vegetarian to vegan it can be difficult. It's not just the fact that we really like the taste of cheese and milk, there are actual scientific reason why you may find it difficult to ditch the dairy. You may not know it but dairy products are some of the most addictive on the planet.
“I want to make the switch from vegetarian to vegan but it is so hard!” – Elaine, a website visitor.
That's is a quote I got from a private Facebook message a couple of months ago. I am happy to report that I had a few discussions with Elaine, and after only three weeks she made the switch! She was a vegetarian for 6 years and now she's vegan! Elaine is proof that it can be done. Many vegans out there just like me started out as vegetarians. We are all living proof that it seems harder in your mind than it actually is. Sure, it will be difficult but you can do it!
Giving up milk is the easiest. There are so many delicious plant based milks out there that you can have milk out of your life almost instantly. Everyone likes different vegan milk for different reasons. I used to LOVE soy milk. When I first made the switch from vegetarian to vegan it was my love. If you are going to drink soy milk just make sure it's organic. Now I prefer an unsweetened almond milk. As I continue to eat healthier and remove more sweets from my diet I was drawn to it. You just need to experiment to see which you like best. Every week buy a different kind. You can choose from cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, and others!
I'm going to save cheese until last. It is the toughest by far. Everyone I know who is trying to make the leap from vegetarian to vegan always struggles with the cheese. You may not know it but there is a scientific reason for that. It's true! So let's talk about it. Let's talk about why it's so hard to give up and you can do it! My recommendations for letting cheese and butter go forever are on the next page below.