So you’ve finally decided to make the switch to veganism! Or maybe you’re just trying it out to make sure it’s a good fit for you and your lifestyle? Regardless of your motives our step by step guide to veganism is sure to fill you with the information you need to become an educated member of the vegan community!
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to bombard you with videos of animals being abused, slaughtered and made into food (although there will be some footage in this list). Once you’ve made it through this post you’re going to be equipped with knowledge on health, ethics, animal rights and environmentalism!
So let’s begin!
Step 1. Education.
As with any large decision in your life education is key. In this section we are going to give you a bunch of films, documentaries and books to read to help you on your journey!
Most people’s first point of call is the Earthlings documentary however, we feel that it may put you off or scar you. So we will ease you into the vegan knowledge bomb.
We highly suggest watching Gary Yourofsky’s speech. Although don’t look too deep into his activism after this speech as he turns into a bit of a dick. Still very much worth a watch (this is the speech that turned me vegan over night).
How did you go? Did you love it hate it? Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought about each video! We suggest this speech not only because it turned myself vegan and a lot of others that I know but because of his ability to cover all aspects of veganism in a relatively short time frame. You will have learnt about animal rights, health, the environment and a bit of biology as well. He also shows how easy it can be to make the change.
Next we will show you another speech, a speech made by Phillip Wollen. This speech is shorter only being 10 minutes but is still just as powerful as the longer ones. Phillip is an amazing speaker who I have had the privilege of sharing a meal with and hearing speak in person. This is not a speech to be missed.
How are you going? Are you feeling empowered?
This next film is specifically aimed at our Australian audience. A lot of the information we read or the documentaries that we watch are all based on American statistics, it’s American footage or it’s an American film makers perspective. Dominion is filmed right here in Australia by our own Chris Delforce. You can watch the trailer here but he highly suggest either renting the film (99c) or buying it to own like we did ($4.95)
That last one is quite hard hitting isn’t it? but it’s almost important that you see what’s actually happening and fully come to terms with where your food comes from and the pain that they’ve suffered. Chris and his team do amazing work.
Now for the moment you have known was coming. Yes, it’s an older documentary but the videos you see still happened, they’re still happening now and they’re going to happen for years to come unless something is done about it. Earthlings.
It took me 3 attempts to make it through this documentary. I cried the whole time and it’s definitely left me shook.
If you’ve made it this far on our journey I applaud you! Not many people are willing to face their food or meet the meat so from the bottom of our hearts thank you for giving it a go! We promise that from here on it’s smoother sailing and we are going to learn more about the environmental impacts that the meat, dairy and egg industries have as well as learn about the health benefits of avoiding flesh.
Cowspiracy takes an environmental look at the industries and shows us the real impact that we are having on the planet. This is also on Netflix so you’ll be able to watch it there or rewatch it with your family to help educate them.
Pretty scary isn’t it? It’s not until you have the information shown to you that you realise what’s actually happening in the world. You aren’t taught this in school, this won’t be shown on the news so how else are people supposed to learn about this? Do you think that this sort of information should be taught to kids or young adults in high school? This would give them the ability to make up their own minds about what food they ingest and which industries that they support.
Second to last on our documentary/ education overhaul we have Forks over Knives. I wasn’t able to find a link to the full movie however I do have the trailer for you to look at. I also believe that this is on Netflix? So you’ll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own couch and on demand when you’re ready.
Last movie I promise! What The Health. As you can tell from the title this is going to cover all of the nasties that the meat, dairy and egg industries don’t tell you about. It will show you the damage you’re doing with every bite and how you can turn your life around within a couple of days!
That’s it for our video education section. It’s quite extensive but each movie showcases a different aspect of veganism and helps you to become a more rounded, educated member of the community. After watching these we are sure you’ll be able to tackle every family dinner, group outing or stranger on the street that has an issue with your choices.
Are you a book worm? Or just prefer the written word to sitting down and watching a documentary? Then we have you covered! These books below and both educational and inspiring! Simply click the title and you’ll be taken to the book store.
This book is life changing. It’s single handedly responsible for starting the organisation PETA, has empowered and educated thousands of activists and vegans around the world. Either edition of the book is always going to be the top of our list.
The China Study examines the link between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer. The authors conclude that people who eat a predominantly whole-food, plant-based diet—avoiding animal products as a main source of nutrition, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce, or reverse the development of numerous diseases. They write that “eating foods that contain any cholesterol above 0 mg is unhealthy”.
In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America–heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more–and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.
That’s it for educational books! I’ll quickly list some of our favourite recipe books for you to have a look at as well 🙂 for some extra motivation!
- But I Could Never Go Vegan: 125 Recipes that Prove You Can Live Without
- Vegan 100: Over 100 incredible recipes from Avant-Garde Vegan
- Smith & Deli-cious: Food From Our Deli (That Happens to be Vegan)
- Smith & Daughters: A Cookbook (That Happens to be Vegan)
- Vegan Diet: 101 Recipes For Weight Loss (Timothy Pyke’s Top Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss, Good Nutrition and Healthy Living)
You’ve made it through step 1!
Step 1 is definitely the hardest and longest step to veganism but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s also the most important. Education and veganism go hand in hand, after years of your ‘blinders’ being on they’re finally removed and you’re able to see the world for what it truly is! That also may be a negative thing…
So without further delay let’s get in to step 2!
Step 2. Support.
After everything that you’ve just seen and read you’re probably pretty intimidated? You’ve got all of this new information but what do you do with it all? This is where a majority of the vegan community can help you! (We say a majority because some of the community is just dreadful). The best way to use this new information, passion and drive is to join some groups and surround yourself with like minded people. This way you’re able to bounce ideas off of each other, talk about what you’ve seen and work together to help spread the vegan message!
But how do you find all of these new vegan faces? Well luckily Zuckerberg has done something good for us vegan folk and allowed us to create groups on Facebook. These are hundreds if not thousands of vegan groups out there willing to help. We have narrowed it down to our favourite 5 that we think you should be apart of.
- Vegan’s Advice Support Group
- New Vegan Support
- Vegan Recipes To Share
- Vegans United
- United Friends for Empty Cages
That’s our favourites that we are regularly in. You’ve got a great mix of help, activism and general vegan life hacks there that are sure to get you on your way!
Once you’ve asked to join these groups and you’ve become a successful member we highly suggest jumping into the comments section and starting up some conversations. These groups are filled with thousands of people willing to help you out and push you to the next step, help you grow and promote veganism. Once you’re comfortable in the comments sections or maybe you’ve even made some posts of your own you should try and make some friendships within the groups and add them to your personal page. This was you’ll have an influx of vegan goodies on your account and newsfeed to keep you motivated! It is also a great deterrent for those pesky family members leaving nasty comments on your photos, I’m sure the lovely vegans will step in and defend you!
Last step guys!
Step 3. Merchandise.
YOU’RE A PROUD VEGAN NOW!
It’s time to show the world that you know what’s happening and you aren’t afraid! Stand united with your fellow vegans and proudly show that you’re against animal abuse and won’t stop until it ends!
This can be done in the form of protests, facebook cover photos, profile pictures or through the clothes that you wear!
Here are some of our favourites and if you have some of your own please post them in the comments below so we can grow this listing!
There you have it! How to go vegan in 3 easy steps!
Welcome to the community and we look forward to seeing you spread the message!