So in honour of Veganuary, I thought I’d do a simple 5 tips for someone who is a new vegan or maybe you’re thinking about going vegan and don’t know where to start.
On the other hand perhaps you don’t want to be fully vegan but want to live a cruelty free lifestyle in the form of material items! So I hope these 10 tips are somewhat useful to you. A website which is super helpful is: https://veganuary.com/starter-kit/ so I recommend you checking that out too 😊
It’s okay to make mistakes, nobody is perfect and its a completely new lifestyle for you to follow. So if you accidentally buy something not realising it has milk powder (which in some items, I feel it is unnecessary) don’t stress yourself out! In time you’ll realise what foods are and aren’t vegan but it will take some time.
Do your research! Why are you going vegan? Is it because of your health, the animals or the environment. Is it all three? You also need to make sure you’re getting the right amount of iron, protein etc. You’ll probably (have at least one person) ask “where do you get your protein/iron/b12 from?” So below are some home-made graphs I made a few months ago to help me balance out my diet. I am not a qualified nutritionist so these graphs are to only give you an idea. Please also do your own research.
Check brands to see if they are cruelty free, for example MAC products are tested on animals. They should have the symbols below written on them, if they don’t its worth looking online to make sure. Some things are obvious such as leather is not vegan but shampoo and make-up can sometimes be hard to tell if they are or not.
For me, I use Barry M make-up, Superdrug own make shampoo and conditioner and Original Source shower gel and hand wash. All three of these are vegan. Sometimes I use Lush products too, if I have the money to spend on them.
If you want to live a vegan lifestyle but not the diet then another thing you can do is boycott zoo’s and circus that use animals. There is tons of research online explaining why they are bad for the animals so I’ll let you do your own research on that.
If you’re finding it hard to think of vegan meals then veganize your old favourite ones! There are so many vegan meal plans out there to help you online or in book forms or if you don’t fancy reading then just go to Youtube and find vegan Youtubers to help you with food recipes.
Most vegans will tell you to go and watch documentaries but I’ve never watched any of them. I know what will be shown and I don’t feel that I need to upset myself by watching them. I’m already vegan. Instead I’m going to list below a bunch of vegan Youtubers to check out, they helped me with this lifestyle 😊
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0eosfD44omt-FbuXf6FgA – Jen Corin
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJy393uwl2PTQIMwha8gQg – Holly Gabrielle
- https://www.youtube.com/user/lauraacanfly – Vegan Voyager
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWkSROSol9J-VS8Au5-iALQ – Sarah Lemkus
- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMejUVmaX7hFGNz0JalCr5A – Everything Real
- https://www.youtube.com/user/al1cedavies – Alice Eleanor