Many of us struggle to stay on the right path when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Thinking about all the changes we need to make can seem overwhelming. It’s all about taking baby steps. The transition to a vegan lifestyle rarely occurs overnight. We need to prepare, become educated, set goals, meet goals, and maintain our driving force.

  1. Do your own research. All the information we need is readily accessible. By reading books and doing other research, you will gain a better understanding of the vegan life. This will help you answer the many questions you may have and will help you prepare for certain situations, such as ordering food at a non-vegan restaurant. I recommend reading The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and The 80/10/10 Diet by Douglas N. Graham.
  2. Set goals. It’s important to set realistic goals for yourself. For example, you can start by eliminating unhealthy foods from your diet. This can be a gradual change and it doesn’t have to happen all at once. Maybe start by eliminated one dairy product, such as milk. When you are frustrated and feel like giving up, take a moment to reflect on your goals. Remember that you are contributing to a greater cause and ultimately saving your health. Don’t stress out if you mess up. It’s all part of the journey.
  3. Experiment in the kitchen.  Have an open mind and try new foods. You can find so many delicious vegan recipes online. My favorite website is ohsheglows.comI’ve also being using the cookbook, Veganomicom by Terry Romero and Isa Moskowitz. You want to start becoming familiar with vegan substitutions. There are so many dairy, meat, and egg alternatives available. You can substitute cow’s milk for soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and so on. Experiment and have fun!
  4. Surround yourself with others who are on a similar journey. Connect with others who are also interested in a vegan/healthy lifestyle. It’s incredible to be able to share my progress with others who are also trying to be healthy. These good influences in your life help you stay motivated and focused. This also creates a system of giving and receiving different types of information. Maybe your friend can give you some advice in areas where you’re struggling and vice versa.
  5. Follow Social Media accounts. Since we spend a good amount of time on these social media platforms, it’s important to become more aware of the type of things our minds are consuming daily. There are so many accounts you can find inspiration from. I have found some inspiration from other people and their journeys. Here are some of my favorite accounts to follow:
  • Blogs: ohsheglows.com, anniejaffrey.com, thisrawsomeveganlife.com
  • Youtube: Annie Jaffrey, Fully Raw Kristina
  • Instagram: @nourishandevolve, @happyandhealthy96, @fully_vegan, @befitrecipes