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How to Transition to a Vegan Diet in baby steps

Before you proceed reading, be warned that this is not a usual blog, repeating content about Veganism which is already out there for a million times. If you are ready for an experiment and want to join me on my journey on how to transition to a Vegan diet, you’re most welcome. Otherwise, I suggest you to stop reading right now.

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet

A big change of a lifestyle can be really scary and starting out might be overwhelming, I get it. We all have been there before, trying to change and failed, tried again and started all over until we end up back at square one.

No one knows better then me, believe me. I am the master of initiating change going full on from one extreme to another until I get so overwhelmed that I end up in a worse position then before.

Every day we hear new inspiring stories of incredible people who were able to completely transform their lives from one day to another. I can assure you, that’s not me. I believe many of you can relate to this endless circle of ups and downs, stoning ourselves for not being able to do better.

If I have one good quality however, it is my willingness to change and no matter how many times I fail, I always stand up and try again. There is no such thing as failure unless you give up!

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet

You might ask yourself, okay I get it but can that really help me figuring out, how to transition to a Vegan diet? Get to your point!

Fair question. Just hold on a bit longer, we’re almost there!

If my story sounds similar to yours, it might comfort you to know that you are not alone. In fact, we will go through this together. Whilst you transition to a Vegan diet, I will do it too.

We all have our own reasons why we need or want to change but the end goal is the same. In some way or another we all want to be better versions of ourselves. If this is the case for you then you are at the right place. Let’s get started then!

Before you transition to a Vegan diet….

Kick your bad habits first!

How to Transition to a Vegan Diet

If I have learned anything from all my failures then for sure that it is much easier to become a healthier version of yourself when you first kick your bad habits.

I am an on/off Smoker for several years and I realized that whenever I am on my off times that I eat automatically much better and I have a keen interest in health, fitness and self-development.

However, when I am back smoking I eat like crap and nothing is less exciting then exercising. If you have any bad habits, like smoking, excessive drinking, overeating sweets etc. tackle that first.

I can guarantee you that the rest of the transition will be so much easier. If you don’t have any bad habits, consider yourself as a lucky ass and move on to the next part.

Detox yourself before!

Vegetable Juices

This is of course not a must but after a detox you might be craving food so much that even a green leafy vegetable seems to be delicious.

Once you have removed toxins from your body and struggled yourself through the process you might think twice if you really want to eat those cookies or if you rather bless your body with some healthier options to make this detox worthily.

There are plenty of options out there ranging from just a few days to long periods of time. If you don’t feel like juicing yourself, – like me, there are plenty of ready-made juices available which you can purchase for a reasonable price.

Already a 3-day fasting can make a real difference. If you consider a detox, please inform yourself or if you have any health problems, make sure that you talk to your doctor.

Learn as much as you can!

Study

We are in the lucky position that there is endless information available to us. Make use of this and read and watch as much as you can. Once you realize what an effect animal products have on your health, environment and humanity it will be much easier to stick to it. Your reason must be compelling!

 

Don’t over complicate!

One step at a time

It’s so easy to get confused and frustrated when we want to accomplish too much at one go. Of course there are some exceptional beings who have no problem at all how to transition to a Vegan diet successfully immediately.

If you are one of them, good for you! If you anything like me, baby steps must do.

Whenever I watched videos of more advanced vegans, I felt rather intimidated then encouraged.

Many Herbs or Vegetables that I’ve never heard of before, equipment needed that I don’t have in my kitchen, time-consuming recipes that I would never do because they are just too complicated.

If you start out, do not make the same mistakes. Don’t over complicate. The transition to a vegan diet can be much easier by just focusing on the very basics. Some steps that you can consider are:

  • Start reducing your meat intake. Cut off Beef, then move on to Poultry etc. If you are brave enough you can remove all the meat at once. As soon as you got used to it and you are ready for more change, tackle dairy.
  • Again remove whatever you miss the least. In my case that would be milk. Replace it with a plant-based version. There are plenty to try out and some of them are really delicious.
  • Do not only remove products but increase your intake of plant-based foods. Add Tofu, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes.

Those are just some ideas that hopefully get you started. Believe me the possibilities are unlimited. Just take one step at a time. Don’t over stress!

Is it easy to switch?

Keep it simple

Certainly, you must know by now how to transition to a Vegan diet as smoothly as possible. But is it easy? That depends on you and how strong your reasons are.

Not everyone adapts to change in the same way. No matter how you are going about it, there is no right or wrong.

Important is that you stick to your own pace and you do what works best for you. Temptations are all around us, so make sure that you are not to hard on yourself if you have a weak moment. Just keep on going until you reach your goal. I wish you the very best in your journey and hey, please feel free to share your story!

 

Nathalie

12 Comments

  1. Detoxing is a great idea! I am at the point where I am ready to head to the store, and begin my journey on a vegan diet. I am kind of excited about it. I don’t really eat a lot of meat in my diet anyway, so I think this is going to be fairly easy. But I do like the idea of detoxing first.

    • Thanks 🙂 I like to detox before I start a new diet or lifestyle. There are so many benefits when you cleanse your body once in a while. I wish you the very best in your journey and keep me posted about your progress!

  2. This is excellent advice. I think it’s really important to be informed, but also not over complicate the process. It took me a while to fully transition to vegan after I became interested in it, but now I have been vegan for over a year and can confidently say I will never go back. It does become easier with time, and I believe anyone can do it if they are motivated and eat a balanced diet. Best wishes!

    • Hey Bailey, thanks for your feedback. Congratulations, that is amazing! You are exactly where I want to be 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, I really appreciate it!

  3. Hi Nathalie,
    I really like your story! Thanks for sharing.
    Every journey starts with a first step, no matter how small it might be, it’s a start and will lead to more. My first attempt of being vegan (after being vegetarian for years) was a complete disaster, I wanted to change from one day to the next. That was a lot of pressure and all I did was thinking about dairy. So I switched back to a vegetarian diet and planned my next attempt at being vegan with a step by step approach: two or three vegan days per week for a month, three to five vegan days per week in the following month, carefull transition to a full vegan diet in month three. That was the plan. But life had different plans. I came back from a holiday, went grocery etc. shopping and didn’t buy any cow milk (not on purpose though), I came home, noticed there was no cow’s milk in my bags and cooked some soy milk instead. This is how I became vegan finally. 😉 Next month is my three years anniversary. What I learned from this? Don’t put pressure on yourself. Every little helps! And things you really want o achieve will find their way 😉
    Best wishes for your journey

    • Hello Sarah, Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing your story! I know exactly what you mean, I’ve been there too. But hey, what a success! You can be really proud of yourself! I look forward when I reach this milestone in my journey too 🙂

  4. Very informative site. My wife and I actually went vegan for about four months and it would have been great to have had this information then. There is so much to the fact that you should really kick your bad habits first and then do a detox. We are huge into detoxing and even though we did not stay with the vegan diet lifestyle, we still do detoxing and any time you are planning on making a big change to your diet, it is a good habit to detox before hand and then make that transition.

    • Glad that you tried a vegan lifestyle and that you are still detoxing. Yes it really helps to detox before any transition. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic 🙂

  5. This is a great article outlining some crucial steps one can take on their journey to the vegan lifestyle. I agree that most of us would have an easier time transitioning in moderation rather than all at once and this article lays out some excellent ideas for those making the switch.

  6. Great post.
    I love the detoxing idea and the baby steps.
    Being vegan has many benefits.
    I’ve tried several times though I haven’t been successful.
    Very informative post for anyone looking to become vegan.
    Thanks.

    • Hey Pearl, thanks for sharing your experience. It is great that you tried at least. Maybe you were just not ready yet and you can give it a another try at a later stage 🙂

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