I’m going to preface this post by saying this: these are not the same cookie-cutter how-to’s that you’re gonna get if you do a quick google search.
Those are all written by professional, middle aged men. Three things that I am CLEARLY not.
A fellow broke-ass college girl DM’ed me on Instagram the other day and asked if I had any advice for a transitioning/new vegan so…
Here are my most realistic + NO BULLSHIT advice for a new vegan. You’re welcome 😜
OREOS ARE VEGAN.
Yeah, yeah, hold up ✋🏼 I just want you guys to remember that cutting out meat + dairy doesn’t mean you’re only going to eat spinach and smoothies for the rest of yo’ life. HECK NO. There are so many vegan indulgences, it’s craaaaazy. I think I find more healthy junk at Trader Joe’s than I do veggies, and I’m totally OK with it. No, I don’t eat oreos for breakfast and depend on soy ice cream, but all of the junk food you love can be veganized. I promise.
YOU GET TO EAT MORE FOOD.
Let’s be real, this was the gamechanger for me. When I heard that vegans eat in an abundance, I was hooked. Meat + dairy are super calorie dense foods, so eating 4 oz. of chicken has the same amount of calories and protein as a whole plate of veggies, minus all the good nutrients in your greens. If you got to eat twice as much food and lose weight and feel better… would you turn down the cheeseburger?🙀 SIGN. ME. UP.
IF SHE ISN’T ALREADY, WATER IS YOUR NEW BFF.
I bought a Brita bottle back in February, and I promise you, I’ll NEVAAA shut up about it. I’m a total tap water snob but this makes any + all water taste crisp and clean, and it’s the reason that I have no issue with drinking A GALLON A DAY. Your digestive system, your hair/skin/nails, your muscles will all thank you. PS- you don’t need to throw plastic bottles into the landfill and kill more defenseless animals. You don’t have to eat ’em to contribute to their deaths!
YOU REALLY DON’T NEED TO DROP $$$ ON ORGANIC PRODUCE.
People, especially broke a$$ college girls like myslelf, have this big issue with the cost of veganism. Here’s a story for ya. My mom needed ground beef for dinner a few months back + asked me to pick up 5 lbs. of meat. Cool. Carolyn’s $14 poorer. FOURTEEN BUCKS. I can buy enough avocados($4), bananas($2), rice($3), oats ($3), and coconut milk ($2) to last me a week. Those are staples I use everyday, versus meat for ONE MEAL. Imma be laying out a whooooooole grocery list for you guys, everything vegan that you can buy at Walmart. Your 3 meals a day for less than you’re spending now. Sign up for my email list 👇🏼 + keep your eyes peeled! It’s gonna be a good one.
USE HASHTAGS TO FIND INSPIRATION + OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SAME BOAT AS YOU.
I’m a hashtag whore so I’m always finding new and fun people to creep on Instagram. It reminds you that you aren’t the only one craving burgers and chocolate cheesecake, but there is a REASON you’ve gone vegan (and if you haven’t, here’s 100) and there are oodles and oodles of people to support you. Including ME!
As a girl constantly on the go, I live for meals that I can either get straight from my freezer or prep and then keep in the freezer as leftovers. Frozen veggies don’t go bad, putting extra bread in the freezer to stay fresh, I could do a whole guide to eating vegan straight from your freezer. It’s easy, it’s cheaper, and it’s awesome if you’re “too busy”.
EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY, NOT WHEN YOU’RE “SUPPOSED TO”.
Three square meals a day is such a foreign concept to me. Breakfast every morning is a must and some days I forget to eat, others I’ve had 4 meals by 2:00 PM. Veganism has allowed me to fuel my body what + when it needs and sometimes that means eating a second breakfast (I do this more often than you’d think and YES – still manage to lose weight!) and sometimes my breakfast keeps me going until the sun sets. Listening to my body has made my relationship with food so much better.
FOOD IS NO LONGER A CONTROLLING FORCE IN YOUR LIFE.
I’ve always been a terrible eater. From binging, to purging, to restricting, I’ve really done it all. And while I still have nights where chips are my enemy and somehow every.single.last.one.of.them. makes it into my mouth, I don’t feel any guilt anymore. I don’t get mad for overeating, I wake up the next morning and fuel my body with what it needs instead of restricting and excess stress about my calorie intake. 🌱 If you’re eating good, whole foods, your MIND is going to benefit as much as your body does.
TWO YOUTUBERS YOU NEED TO START WATCHING, LIKE, YESTERDAY.
BonnyRebecca + NikkiVegan are the two youtubers who changed the game for me. Bonny is gorg and makes you want to love your life as much as she does and Nikki is so real and no BS, with simple + easy recipies and how-to’s. There are so many other vegan documentaries and vloggers, but it was these two girls who made me wake up on a Tuesday and make oatmeal instead of an omelette. And my diet has never been the same… it’s BETTER!
REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE VEGAN.
Health reasons? Weight loss? Save the animals? Reduce your carbon footprint? Whether it’s completely selfish (and that’s OK – I cut dairy because I feel like 💩 when I eat it, at first it wasn’t for the cows, that’s for sure) or you genuinely want to make a change in our environment, there’s a REASON you don’t eat animal products. Pin it on your vision board, make it the background of your phone, but remember that reason.
BONUS TIP (because I’m in a giving mood)…
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER SLIP-UPS.
Did I go out last week and have a killer night with my fam and eat cheese tortellini and brownies because there were no vegan options? Hells yes. Did I regret it the minute I got home? You know it. But did I throw in the towel and fill my coffee with half & half and scramble some eggs for breakfast the next morning? HELL TO THE NO. We’re human and we make mistakes but your mistakes don’t define you, and they sure as heck don’t control you! Like I said before, everyday is a new day to make some better choices than the day before. You pull on your big girl pants, picture a little baby chick NOT going through a grinder, put on some Kanye and freakin’ handle it.