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Hi! I'm Tabatha and I've recently made the switch from being a vegetarian to being a vegan.
1. I became vegan very, very gradually.
2. And I started by making vegan versions of foods I already ate regularly.
3. I taught myself how to cook with new vegetables by signing up to a fortnightly veg box.
4. And I taught myself more about vegan cooking by signing up to a recipe box too.
5. I spent a lot of time researching vegan substitutes.
6. And eventually I started experimenting with new dishes too.
7. Especially ones for my favourite unhealthy foods.
8. I made a special effort to find non-boring vegan breakfasts.
9. I stocked up on vegan ready meals so I wouldn't have to cook every night.
10. I worked out which junk foods are vegan and made sure I always had some in my kitchen cupboard.
11. I asked all my vegan friends for recommendations, and discovered absolute game changers like kalanamak.
12. I found a handful of vegan-friendly restaurants that meat eaters like so I wouldn't have to stop eating out with friends.
13. And I figured out which places on the high street sell cheap vegan lunches.
14. I worked out exactly how I'd manage to eat enough protein and iron so that my mum would stop worrying.
15. I stopped being snobby about vegan products.
16. And I finally learned how to cook with tofu, seitan, and tempeh.
17. I bought a couple of brand new cook books and invited my non-vegan friends round for dinner.
And remember that going vegan is a gradual process: You're not going to change your diet overnight!
Adopting a plant-based diet is a huge adjustment, and it's one that takes getting used to.
I've been going by the rule: If it's reasonable to eat vegan, do it. Otherwise, stick to the vegetarian option. And little by little, I'm getting there.
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