Beyond that, these are our top tips on how to make the change.
1. Make the transition
Some people go vegan gradually, including some of us, but we generally recommend drawing a line in the sand here and now, taking the plunge, and going straight from zero (or vegetarian) to vegan. If you then make a mistake because there’s something you didn’t consider, don’t beat yourself up, just learn from it and move on.
If the idea of going vegan overnight overwhelms you, set yourself some intermediate goals: go vegetarian now, go diary free a week from now, and go vegan two weeks from now.
2. Don’t go vegan alone
Going vegan alone is 100% more difficult than doing it with some support. A great idea is to get a friend, partner, or family member to go vegan with you. Just tell them everything that made you want to go vegan, and then do it together.
If no one around you wants to go vegan with you, that’s fine too, because there are hundreds of existing vegans who are happy to help you along the way. Join some of the vegan Facebook pages and go along to some vegan meet-ups to surround yourself with like-minded animal lovers.
3. Eat new places, try new foods
Beans on toast might be vegan, but there are so many more exiting things you can eat. In Sheffield we have a massive and varied range of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, shops and businesses. Check out our page on being vegan in Sheffield and try somewhere new next time you’re eating out.
If you enjoy cooking, use meat alternatives like Linda McCartney sausages to bridge the gap but make an effort to try new recipes. A lot of vegans find that making the change opens up a whole new world of delicious meals that they had never even considered before.
4. Learn more about veganism
Knowledge really is power, and the more you know the easier you will find it to stay vegan. Keep learning more about animals rights and the environment so that you can feel confident in your decision should anyone question you.
It’s also a good idea to read up on the health side to veganism too so that you can reap all the benefits of a plant based diet. If you’re not interested in health, just make sure that you have a source of B12 in your diet.
5. Become a vegan activist
We strongly encourage new vegans to join their local vegan activism group.
Getting involved with vegan activism is the single most empowering thing you can do. We are strong and we are changing the world, and together we can have much more impact than we can as individuals.