A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Veganism

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So, you want to become vegan but you don’t want to spend a ton of money or completely turn your life upside down? Here are a few tips to help you along the way!

Above: Vegan Cooking at Home: Plant-Based Living Made Easy – Everything you need to kickstart your vegan journey!

1 – Consider going lacto-ovo-pescaterian to start. What the heck does that mean? It means consider being a vegetarian first. Keep eggs, dairy and seafood in your diet, but cut out all other meat. Then when you feel ready, try dropping them one by one and replacing them with an alternate protein source.

2 – Replace staple items with vegan substitutes as you consume them. It can be very expensive to replace all your staples (butter, sugar, milk, cheese, cooking oils, meat etc.) in one trip. Instead, replace them as you run out. Your wallet will thank you.

3 – Integrate vegan items into your diet one by one. Finding a brand of soy milk or vegan cheese that you really like can be a trial and error process. So take your time, or else you are likely to spend a lot of money, get frustrated with the results, and give up all together.

The transition into veganism won’t be a permanent lifestyle change if you turn it into a negative experience. If you completely change your diet overnight and spend a lot of money on products you don’t like, you are more apt to throw your hands up and go back to wolfing down hamburgers and chicken strips.

4 – Avoid the all or nothing mindset. To quote Jonathan Safran Foer of “Eating Animals”, imagine living a life where you either lied or told the truth 100% of the time. It would be ridiculous! No one applies such an extreme point of view to other moral spheres, so why do it with your diet? If you make just a few positive food choices a week, you have done something worthwhile. You do not have to be a hardcore vegan to make a difference and to reap the results!

5 – Join a community! If you are reading this, you are already on the right path because you’ve joined The Vegan Project community. Getting in touch with other vegans is a great way to gain support (especially important if your friends/family aren’t vegan), learn insider tips and tricks, and to generally stay motivated. Remember, you are not alone! If you are facing a vegan challenge, chances are someone else has already gone through it and you can learn from their experiences!

6 – Pick up the right tools to get you started! A meal plan with corresponding recipes, a shopping list and nutrition tips can be ever-so-helpful. Thankfully we’ve thought put all those tools together in a handy little PDF called Vegan Cooking at Home: Plant-Based Living Made Easy! 

Vegan Cooking at Home is 40 pages and includes: 

**7-day meal plan

**Shopping list

**Nutritional information for each recipe

**Healthy Snacking tips and ideas

**15+ recipes for building fully-balanced, high fibre, high protein meals such as:

– Curried Tofu Salad

– Chickpea Salad Endive Boats

– Homemade Blueberry Almond Granola

– Everyday Smoothie (all your nutritional needs in a yummy shake!)

– Delicious Tempeh Tacos the whole family will love…and many more!

Vegan Cooking at Home is everything you need to kickstart your vegan journey!

Good Luck! Email us at info@theveganproject.com with any questions you may have. We’re here to help!

For a list of some common vegan replacements, check out “A Dummies Guide to Vegan Replacements”.

Written by Jenny Duffy, Contributor

~The Vegan Project





  1. I love this! Great advice 🙂 I will be retweeting!

  2. Jade Marrey says:

    I have been vegan one whole day haha! I made the decision yesterday and I know I won’t regret it! It’s going to be hard but worth it ! Feel free to talk to me on twitter @jademarrey 🙂

    • Good for you Jade! If you need anything, or want to share any stories or recipes with our readers, let us know!

  3. Thoroughly helpful posting A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Veganism | The Vegan Project. Carry on posting!

  4. Wow great tips from this site, I’ve eaten meat my whole life and today I’ve decided to become vegan. I’m going to be starting tomorrow and I’m looking for more tips! Tweet me with your advice it would be greatly appreciated. @Lilly_KC_Stew Thanks

  5. I’d go vegan if you could eat gelatin. I just can’t give it up. It eats so good.

  6. So i’ve decided to become vegan like yesterday. I am just looking for support and guidance in this new experience.

  7. Nice, easy-read site!
    Enjoyed the reasons to date a vegan…

  8. I’ve been practising a plant-based diet for a bit over a year now but am trying to fully commit this year. As you quoted from Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Eating Animals”, I agree! I am putting way too much pressure on myself trying to be perfect! I will try and do better than last year but I won’t get so caught up with feeling guilt. Thank you and Jonathan for the great tips.

    • Good for you! We believe every effort (small ones included) are a step in the right direction…but nobody’s perfect! 🙂

  9. Just beginning to think about this and doing some research.

  10. Also just thinking about this. I feel I tend to abuse food as an emotional ‘fill’. I have not been well for 3 years yet have been on and off strict diets, only leaving me feeling frustration and failure. Food in fact is pleasurable to me. I am not overweight, by the way, but enjoy sweet coffee, any breads/grains/sugars (although I’m GF now), and meats of all kinds. I’m determined to get well! It’s time for change.

  11. You have to do this for the right reasons. If you think that a meal would be missing without some meat, it’ll be hard to “transition.” I Was a vegetarian for a long time, and the one thing that was keeping me from being vegan was cheese, and butter xD. I naturally came to the decision to remove those, and I haven’t regretted it. I would also find it hard to be vegan if you don’t like to cook.

    • JenniferLee says:

      We agree Eddie. Eating a plant based diet can be very diverse, and can really help create the opportunity to get involved in the kitchen and establish a whole new relationship with food and cooking. Good thoughts on making the transition a natural one. Thanks for your comments.

  12. Jessica says:

    I am beginning my conversion to go vegetarian and then hopefully down the road, I will make that transition to being vegan.

    I have been addicted to ALL of the documentaries about food on Netflix, and Hungry for Change really hit home for me. I LOVE burgers, bacon, poultry, fish, everything. However, I want to feel good, look good, and do good to the world. I’ve been waiting for this purpose and sign to change my lifestyle and here it is.

    If any of you know of support groups you can join, that would be great. I need the support!

    Thank you so much! 🙂

  13. Katherine says:

    Thanks for this article! I so appreciate the suggestion to go vegan gently and not beat yourself up about not being a hardcore vegan right away or all the time. I’m a dairy, egg free vegetarian but still have the occasional bit of blue cheese if I see it at a party. I like the encouragement not to give up when you slip and completely revert back to old habits, but rather to recognize that even the small changes are a step in the right direction.

  14. This is such a great article, especially for someone like me who is having a hard time with the transition! I’m going to keep this as a reference and just remember to keep it simple and have a positive attitude throughout it all.

  15. I am just starting to become a vegan and find it very hard, I don’t know what to eat. Do I buy like frozen dinners that are vegan? What are some easy receipes I could make?

    I appreciate your help.


    • Hi Megan! Good for you! Our eBook Vegan Cooking at Home is perfect for a beginner vegan: https://gum.co/vegancooking It has a suggested meal with corresponding recipe that are simple and delicious, and even a shopping too!

      Keep us up-to-date on your journey!

      Lots of love,


  16. I love this…but tell me…how do you get ppl to stop the ridiculing EVERY time to tell someone you are Vegan?

    • Well Anna, the critics will always be there, as vegans we just have to not let it bother us. I find the best approach is to just laugh and shake it off, and certainly not get preachy as to why you choose a vegan diet. More times than not, people warm up to it and come around and they will soon be coming to you with questions of their own…hopefully. Those that go against the grain never did have it easy 😉

  17. I went from meat-eater to vegan for a month three years ago; I couldn’t keep up with it so I let the idea sit there and just became a lacto-ovo vegetarian instead. I’ve kept true since then, but lately it just doesn’t feel like enough. I’m transitioning to vegan and have had one week completely free from animal products but leaving cheese is KILLING ME ): and the Daiya I bought is just… Well not really what I thought it would be. Any tips for making vegan cheeses? I live in Mexico and Daiya is sadly about all we get here as for dairy-free cheese. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

  18. I am really excited about my vegan journey. I will start slow like you suggested and I will need to do a lot more research but Its nice to know I can chat to others about it 🙂


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