How can I transition to a vegetarian/vegan/raw diet?

Maybe you want to eat healthier or maybe you want to become vegan due to ethical reasons or for environmental reasons, etc. I can help you transition! First, make sure you have good reasons to become a vegetarian, a vegan or a raw vegan. Second, read and watch videos about veganism. Third, follow the process. You can skip stages if you would like. However, you may be more successful if you do it gradually. Try each stage for at least a couple of weeks.

The Process:

1st stage: Eating healthier

-The first thing I would do to become healthier is to cut out all white sugar, flour, rice, etc.

-Eat whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice.

-Don’t eat fried foods.

2nd stage: Leaning into vegetarianism

-Participate in meatless Mondays.

-Get rid of an animal one at a time. For example, first stop eating pigs, then cows, then chickens, then fish.

-Replace meat with faux meat.

3rd stage: Eating 100% vegetarian

4th stage: Leaning into veganism

-Get rid of a dairy/animal product one by one. For example, first stop eating eggs, then milk, then butter, then cheese.

-Use tofu instead of eggs. Use soy milk instead of milk. Use Earth Balance instead of butter. Use daiya instead of cheese.

-Buy a vegan cookbook. Make recipes using your favorite fruits and vegetables.

-Buy convenience foods such as Amy’s frozen meals or Gardein products.

-Eat vegan recipes that you are already familiar with: lentil soup, spaghetti, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, etc.

5th stage: Eating 100% Vegan

-take a B12 supplement

-try new recipes

-eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.

6th stage: Eating healthy as a vegan

-Cut out sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Use dates, raisins, maple syrup, agave nectar, and Stevia.

-Use olive oil or coconut oil instead of other oils like vegetable oil and canola oil.

-Don’t buy vegan candy, cookies, processed vegan foods, etc.

-Eat more beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains.

7th stage: Dipping into a raw vegan diet

-Stop eating flour. Use sprouted grains instead. I think Ezekiel bread is a great transition food even though it is not raw.

-Use your food processor more to make ice cream out of frozen fruits, fruit and nut bars and hummus.

-Make a meal that is half raw, half-cooked.

-make a smoothie every morning

-Stop using oils.

-Eat lots of steamed root vegetables

8th stage: Eating 50%-100% raw

-Don’t eat too many nuts.

-Take salt out of your diet. You can get enough sodium in the foods you eat.

-Stop drinking alcohol.

-Keep recipes simple.

-Only use dates, raisins and other fruits for sweeteners.

-Make sure you are getting enough calories!

-Do a 30 day transitional challenge: 100% high carb vegan, 2 fruit meals a day and 1 cooked vegan meal at night

-find a wholesaler in your area

-Buy organic juice even if it’s not raw (it’s okay, you’re transitioning)

9th stage: Eating healthy as a raw foodist

-don’t get yourself into the superfoods craze

Helpful tips:

  1. Make vegetarian versions of your favorite meals.
  2. Try some faux meats and dairy alternatives.

  3. Search online for the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants in your area. I like using www.happycow.com to find veg-friendly restaurants.

  4. Plan your meals.

*Don’t be hard on yourself! You may have some downfalls where you give into your cravings. This week I really wanted to make vegan chai snickerdoodles. I ended up buying white flour which I haven’t had in more than a year and bought canola oil. These are obviously not the healthiest choices. But, it is a process. I am still trying to be a healthy vegan before I move forward to a raw vegan diet.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your journey!

*Information from peta.org, Freelee TV

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