Everyday Dairy-Free Living

3 Tips For Making The Switch To Plant-based Eating

April 28, 2016
By: So Delicious

Our #140Difference campaign is underway on Twitter and we have folks suggesting great ideas for ways to protect the planet, support animal welfare and move to a plant based diet. If you have ever been veg curious but felt like you were at a loss for how to go about it, fear not! We’ve enlisted Rebecca Gilbert, Founder of Yummy Plants and the author of It’s Easy to Start Eating Vegan: Yummy Plants 101 to provide some simple suggestions for how to get started.


Rebecca’s top 3 tips for making the switch to plant-based eating:

1. Decide you want to do it! Once you make a firm decision that you want to start making these positive changes in your life (for your health, for the animals and for the planet!), you’ll see just how easy it is to make the switch. As you set your intention to make changes, suddenly yummy vegan recipes will catch your eye and you’ll eagerly watch for new vegan products like ice creams, cheeses and mock meats. As you begin the adventure of preparing old favorites in a new way, you’ll see how easy it is to eat plant-based foods and how many choices you really have. It all starts when you make a decision that you’re ready to start the journey. Take the first step.


2. Know what you like to eat and stock your pantry accordingly. Make the transition as easy for yourself as possible. Know what you like to eat and make sure to have vegan equivalents on-hand. Is Wednesday night always pizza night? Pick up a vegan frozen pizza from Daiya or Amy’s Kitchen so you’ll be ready to carry on the tradition. Do you like to grill out with friends? Beyond Meat and Follow Your Heart have you covered with tasty Beast Burgers and vegan cheese that actually melts. Are frozen desserts the typical treat at the end of your meal? Enjoy the new super creamy Cashewmilk non-dairy frozen desserts from So Delicious Dairy Free. You can easily prepare old favorites with new ingredients.

These days there is a vegan version of every product you can imagine: yogurt, creamers, butter, caramels, honey… everything! Make a list of your traditional favorites and stock up at the store with vegan alternatives. Where can you find delicious vegan foods? Natural Foods stores and chains like Whole Foods stock a rich diversity of vegan foods. Do you live in a small town? No worries! Vegan Essentials is an online store that carries many vegan food products. If they don’t have it, run a search on Amazon. The vegan trend is rising. You’ll find delicious options everywhere!


3. Make it fun and enjoy the journey! Seek out others who are also making conscious changes towards a plant-based, healthy lifestyle. Search for a vegan meetup in your area or a vegan book club. Community counts. Having other like-minded people in your life, new or experienced vegans, will give you the chance to share tips and experiment with recipes.

This is a new path… make friends and enjoy the adventure! Whether you make the switch cold Tofurky or make small swaps in baby steps, you can do this. Wishing you radiant health and an abundance of all good things! -Rebecca Gilbert

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Are you ready to make the switch? Find more tips about vegan protein sources, easy vegan recipes and how to stay vegan in social situations in Rebecca’s book It’s Easy to Start Eating Vegan! Rebecca Gilbert is a former competitive figure skater whose to switch to a vegan diet. She is also the founder Rebecca has been a featured speaker at the World VegFest in San Francisco, Vegetarian Summerfest, and Paris Vegan Day. She has made several television appearances on Pittsburgh Today Live.

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  1. Wow, going vegan isn’t as hard as I thought. Here in England there are loads of vegetarians and vegans. There is a lot of tasty Indian food in supermarket coolers. Ethnic and Vegan go well together, I find.

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