I always wanted to be a vegetarian, I love animals and eating meat is just too contradictory. Finally I made the decision last year, started as a pescatarian for the first months and now I'm a vegetarian.

However, the more I learn about vegetarianism the more I realise how animals are being treated, not only for meat production, but also for other animal products.

I realise veganism is a lot harder than vegetarianism. Animal products are hidden in so many foods, but I can't keep feeling satisfied with the thought that I'm saving some lives while I'm still supporting torture of innocent beings for eggs and dairy products.

So now I would love to take the next step and become completely vegan. Any tips on how to make the transition and what to look out for would be greatly appreciated.

Let's do this!

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Comment by Ken Norr on January 30, 2014 at 10:54pm

Just start cutting everything out that you know uses animal products. It's a learning process. There are people out there who have been vegan for decades and are still learning that things they've been using and/or consuming have animals products in them. Don't beat yourself up or feel down about it... just find an alternative product and go with that instead. No matter what, you're helping. Once you find out something and change that, you're helping even more.

Some people have trouble giving up eggs and diary - especially cheese. Find an alternative that you like and go with it. It was easier for me when I convinced myself that the alternative does not have to be exactly like what it's replacing. Cheese, for example. Once I stopped comparing Daiya (my favorite) to regular cheese, I started enjoying it for it's own flavor. Now I don't miss dairy cheese at all.

As far as eggs go, I didn't eat them by themselves all that much, but mainly used them in recipes. The first time I ate raw cookie dough and nobody could warn me about salmonella poisoning, I was done with eggs! I know I can still get it, but the risk is much lower.

There is an abundance of help out there if you're not convinced a product is vegan. Just look it up and, if you can't find out, ask the manufacturer. Most of them will tell you. If it's not, then start looking for an alternative.

And, of course, come on here often... the community here is very supportive and knowledgeable.

Good luck!

Comment by Jochim Osselaere on January 31, 2014 at 3:58am

Thank you for your extensive comment

Comment by Raw Rage on February 12, 2014 at 12:48am

Pescetarianism is far kinder to animals than Vegetarianism. Fish, at least wild caught ones live a semi-normal life up till the time their caught. Production animals live horrendous lives from conception to death which is ultimately at the same slaughter houses all the animals who are killed for "Meat" do. Bottom line, Vegetarianism doesn't stop the abuse. I don't say that to be hurtful...it just doesn't.

Comment by Raw Rage on February 12, 2014 at 12:54am

I forgot my tip :P  My best advise is to start a whole foods diet and if you don't already, learn to cook, learn how to juice. Processed foods are not Vegan in many cases and their labels are unclear at best and in most cases down right mis-leading.

If you pick up an organic apple or mango and eat it, you know exactly what your consuming. If you bake a loaf of bread, you know exactly what went in to that bread. Rethink the way you eat because no one is looking out for you but you. 

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