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Hey, everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I am thinking about trying to go vegan this summer, and was wondering if you have any tips for me to help with the transition from eating eggs and dairy and honey to none of those things. Anything that I should keep in mind? Anything that you wish somebody had told you?<br>
Thanks a lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think some of the keys are:<br>
- make a plan (set a date to start and set some goal dates for certain transitions)<br>
- learn about vegan nutrition (order a vegan starter kit online: <a href="http://www.veganoutreach.org/guide/free_guide.html" target="_blank">http://www.veganoutreach.org/guide/free_guide.html</a> )<br>
- find some vegan pals to help you out (make friends here and check out <a href="http://meetup.com/vegan" target="_blank">meetup.com/vegan</a> or find a vegan facebook group)<br>
- limit stress and other factors that may derail you (stay away from nay-sayers for a while, get enough sleep and exercise, etc.)<br>
- find a few good vegan recipes and a few good places to eat vegan food<br>
- have at least one or two quicky options to help with the convenience factor (fresco bean burrito at taco bell or a box of Tasty Bite)<br>
- remember that a few mistakes or even a relapse back into nonvegan eating is common and it doesn't mean you can't succeed in the long run. Just keep at it!<br>
- try to relax and have fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I replaced my favorite foods with vegan options. Now I wasn't a very healthy eater to begin with, but I figure if I were going to make it stick, I need to find my favorite foods veganized. So far, it has worked very well for me. I do not feel denied at all, nor do I miss my past diet. It gets a little challenging sometimes when I am recruiting and food is provided for me, but I have always been able to find vegan options (so far!)
 

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I'm pretty much totally vegan now except for a few minor things. I plan on being 100% on March 13 (my 2 year anniversary of going veg). My best advice would be to transition, as it is a pretty big change in lifestyle, albeit a great one. I totally believe in not overwhelming oneself when trying to make changes. I'm still learning as I go along, but I am very proud to be able to finally call myself a "vegan".<br><br>
Also, learn where animal based ingredients are hiding (peta.com), and always read labels.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Laura <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Be prepared to possibly bring more food with you when you go out to eat. I usually bring cliff bars or Bora Bora bars (these things are sooooo good.) as well as dried fruits for extended road trips and such.. Veggie burgers at restaurants aren't always vegan. (I don't know where you live but Red Robin, Johnny Rockets, and CheeBurger Cheeburger are common sit down places that have a vegan burger :p)<br><br>
Eating out though isn't that hard still, as I always find something to eat or have them make me a veggie salad.
 

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My tip would be do it now. If you procrastinate, you will just get used to it been an idealism that you want to pursue at some point. It's not like going to the Olympics, you don't need to train to become vegan :) Being vegan is just the most fantastic feeling and the sooner you switch, the sooner you will not be responsible for the suffering of animals. Good luck to you.
 

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My tip would be do it now. If you procrastinate, you will just get used to it been an idealism that you want to pursue at some point. It's not like going to the Olympics, you don't need to train to become vegan :) Being vegan is just the most fantastic feeling and the sooner you switch, the sooner you will not be responsible for the suffering of animals. Good luck to you.</div>
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Rat Race, summer would be an ideal time for me since I would be able to buy and prepare my own food. Living on a meal plan at a small college doesn't suit the vegan diet very well :p However, I am cutting back my consumption as much as possible, but it's just not practical for me to switch now. Thank you though!<br><br>
Thank you everyone else for your helpful tips! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I will keep these things in mind when I switch this summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Hey Avid: I take it that you live in the dorms? Is your meal plan tied to the cafeteria only?<br><br>
It has been a LONG time since I've been in college, but I remember that they always had a lovely salad bar and lots of desserts. How is your cafeteria set up? Perhaps you can at least go vegetarian (eggs, toast, English muffins, fruit for breakfast), and for lunch and dinner see if you have enough options without eating meat.<br><br>
Maybe you cannot go all the way vegan on your meal plan, but is it possible to at least cut out meat? For me, I personally couldn't stomach our meat options so I ate salads and desserts (yeah, I know - not good).<br><br>
Is it possible that there might be more vegetarians/vegans in your dorm? Perhaps if you sign a petition or speak to your R.A., you could have at least one day a week meatless (like meatless Friday). At the very least, see if they will offer more veg options.<br><br>
I know you are at a small college, but these institutions are becoming more receptive to that. At the uni where I work, we have a vegan cafe in our dining hall.
 

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Hey Avid: I take it that you live in the dorms? Is your meal plan tied to the cafeteria only?<br><br>
It has been a LONG time since I've been in college, but I remember that they always had a lovely salad bar and lots of desserts. How is your cafeteria set up? Perhaps you can at least go vegetarian (eggs, toast, English muffins, fruit for breakfast), and for lunch and dinner see if you have enough options without eating meat.<br><br>
Maybe you cannot go all the way vegan on your meal plan, but is it possible to at least cut out meat? For me, I personally couldn't stomach our meat options so I ate salads and desserts (yeah, I know - not good).<br><br>
Is it possible that there might be more vegetarians/vegans in your dorm? Perhaps if you sign a petition or speak to your R.A., you could have at least one day a week meatless (like meatless Friday). At the very least, see if they will offer more veg options.<br><br>
I know you are at a small college, but these institutions are becoming more receptive to that. At the uni where I work, we have a vegan cafe in our dining hall.</div>
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Hey, sorry I should have mentioned I am vegetarian. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Have been since August. They do have veggie options in the cafe, but they are usually loaded with cheese lol. I try to pick and choose what I can. I always make sure to compliment the chef if the veggie option is good, so hopefully, they would make the same one more often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> They do have soy and almond milk available, which is nice. It would just be extremely difficult to eat a balanced vegan meal in this cafeteria, even though they do have nice things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
And yes, if I live on campus, I must have a meal plan. I just don't have enough money right now to spend on making my own food; they don't supply pots or pans, and the stove is junky lol.<br>
Thank you for the advice, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I will try to talk to the cafeteria to see if they can be more accommodating.
 

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The most important thing for me has been to keep my fridge and my cupboard stocked. When I have lots of good food in the house and I'm trying to decide what to eat, it's easy to focus on choosing between good vegan options. When the cupboard is bare and I'm trying to decide what to eat, my old food options often sneak into my little brain as possibilities. I haven't acted on that, but it does make thing unnecessarily tougher.
 

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The most important thing for me has been to keep my fridge and my cupboard stocked. When I have lots of good food in the house and I'm trying to decide what to eat, it's easy to focus on choosing between good vegan options. When the cupboard is bare and I'm trying to decide what to eat, my old food options often sneak into my little brain as possibilities. I haven't acted on that, but it does make thing unnecessarily tougher.</div>
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Agree, what is not in your cupboards is IMO equally important. When I made the change everything, and I mean everything, not acceptable went.
 

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this may be somewhat difficult, since I will be living at home during the summer and the rest of my family isn't even vegetarian. :p But they support me, for the most part. I will just need extra strong will power <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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this may be somewhat difficult, since I will be living at home during the summer and the rest of my family isn't even vegetarian. :p But they support me, for the most part. I will just need extra strong will power <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Noooo, throw all their food out, lol.
 

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lol, sometimes I am tempted to. :p Maybe I'll throw them away little by little so they won't notice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Noooo, throw all their food out, lol.</div>
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What I did was to try 100% vegan for a limited amount of time, I think it was three months. The point with that approach was that the time was long enough to see how big the problems with the new diet might be (they were much smaller than I had expected) and at the same time it wasn't "a lifetime commitment" right away (that came later).
 
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