Here’s a nice big list of reading material for anyone who’s looking to make the leap to a plant-based diet!
I’ve linked to posts I’ve written over the years, compiled some other great places to start, and added a few extra tips here and there.
And… We’re Off!
How Veganize Everything From Ingredients to Clothing
Free cookbook from our culinary friends around the Kale U community
Tips For Common Challenges: From A Long Flight to a Cocktail Party
50 Healthy Vegan Blogs Find your faves!
My Favorite Tools Aren’t Anything Special or Expensive
Check out our favorite recipes on our Kale U Pinterest Page where we have almost 4,000 followers!
AllRecipes is where I got all my recipes before I went vegan since I love reviews and tips from testers. Now there are so many veggie options there too!
Making Sure You Get The Nutrition You Need
Yes, it can be a healthy and exciting endeavor to let go of foods that you are feeling aren’t fueling your body as you’d ideally like, but this is something you still have to take seriously. No one else is responsible for your health but you.
Becoming Vegan is the most important, well researched and seriously comprehensive book to help you make sure your bases are covered. (There’s also Becoming Raw if that’s your thing.) If you aren’t into reading a whole book, there are certainly sites that can give you a rundown as well, like this one from International Vegan Association called Demystifying Vegan Nutrition.
On Being A Representative of the Vegan Community
I’ve met people who either assume or purport that because they no longer eat animal products, they are automatically healthy, even healthier than omnivores. I’m here to tell you straight up, that’s just not true. It doesn’t matter what diet path you follow, it’s going to take some work, some vigilance, and some tweaking for your body’s unique constitution.
I don’t believe that being vegan makes one superior in any way to anyone else- morally, ethically, physically, spiritually… but it wasn’t always that way. It has honestly taken me years to understand and accept that veganism isn’t for everyone. I can also breathe a sigh of relief that it’s not my job to make anyone else do or think anything. Before I was ready, no one could have forced or convinced me to eat or live differently. If we believe people are inferior for their lifestyles or beliefs, it will inevitably show in our actions toward them and concerning them, and then sadly we’re still acting out of hidden prejudices even when we may feel we’re the most accepting people.
I do believe there are multiple, synergistic, wonderful benefits that come through abstaining from animal products and I do love being a part of the vegan community. I’ve also unfortunately encountered a lot of contention and condescension that I wish would simmer down. I care a lot about a lot of issues, but in my experience, most traditional attempts at activism I’ve been a part of or witnessed only polarized people and didn’t succeed at raising awareness of solutions to the problems they attempted highlight.
So in the end, I just do my thing, eat plants and try to be equally kind to animals and people and the earth. I do this simply by listening to the feedback of my own heart.
I wish you great health, happiness, and love!