How to adopt a plant-based (vegan) diet in 7 days

 photography by  Allen Nguyen

photography by Allen Nguyen

Hello beautiful people!

I've had so many friends ask me how to go vegan.

I imagine the same trepidation they feel when looking at food recipes is the same one I get when someone talks about coding and software programming... basically sheer terror.

I've been blasting their FB feeds with vegan food photos for 3 years now (yes, I'm that annoying friend) and maybe it had an impact. Or maybe I'm a delusional narcissist. Either way-- more fruits and vegetables = win!

Whatever the reason, I made my transition in about a week using the principles outlined below.

The best part of changing your life is the fact that you've taken ownership of your choices and health. It's super empowering. You'll find that after changing your diet (or, at least for me) your mind begins to critically evaluate other aspects your life with the same lens. 

Uh oh.

Enjoy the ride y'all!


 

Day(s) 1-2

Go on a Netflix Binge

If you're a little go-getter, I bet you can get this done in 1 day. Strap on those pajamas, cuddle up on the couch and commence what we Millenials do best. The art of the binge.

Here's a great list to get you started. 

Day 3

Clean out your pantry

Ok, so after you watch the documentaries you might have a reaction similar to me--

Enter: me saying F*CK a million times in the kitchen whilst tossing away meat and dairy products from the pantry. 

In hindsight, I could have given a lot of these items to my family members. Or my husband. But whatever. It's your decision, but you have to get the crap OUT of your house if you want to stop eating it. 

Burn the bridge, soldier.

Day 4

Find some gorgeous recipes

This is the part that gets fun. 

Want free recipes? No problem. Hit up the internet and bask in amazing FREE information. YASSS! 

Be sure to read this blog post about how I get tons of recipes for free. 

Here is a great technique for finding recipes. I like to go to findingvegan.com and type in what ingredients I have in stock.

OR, you can use hashtag searches on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so find vegan recipes that are free and drool-worthy. 

Not a fan? Go to the bookstore and sit in the cookbook section. Barnes and Noble has a beautiful array of vegan recipe books, with LOTS OF PICTURES. 

Take photos of the best ones, pick your favorite one to take home, and buy the rest on Amazon!

Check out this list of our favorite vegan and vegetarian-friendly cookbooks. 

Day 5

Make a grocery list

The best way to hit up the store and save money is to go once a week, and only purchase items from a dedicated list. Shop the perimeter of the store as much as possible. 

Not sure how to make a list? Try my method here.

Day 6

Get the gadgets

If you can't cook, don't worry. You just need a little bit of streamlining. Chopping onions and making smoothies is way more fun when a machine does the work ;) 

If I could choose the kitchen items that hold the dearest places in my heart, I would say that my high-speed blender, food processor, non-stick skillet, and chef's knife top the list.

If you're interested in seeing what we use in our kitchen, you can view our favorite products or tab over to our "shop" in the header. 

But if you're only holding a microwave in your possession, it's time to make the dive into the world of culinary splendor. 

If you can, open your wallet and make the investment for some of the items on our list. 

Day 7

Make your first meals

Just think about the next meal, and the next step right in front of you. That's it.

Get out of bed, and go make a smoothie.

Put some frozen bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and cacao powder in a blender. Turn it on. 

You can do this!

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