I’m sure you have noticed that veganism is popping up more and more all over the place. You may have been contemplating taking the leap. The hardest part about deciding to go vegan though, is knowing where to start.
A vegan diet means that you consume no animal products whatsoever, including dairy products. Eliminating what makes up the majority of foods consumed in the typical American diet can be incredibly overwhelming. My first suggestion is to transition in steps, don’t do it all at once. Start slowly.
For me, the first step when I was about twelve years old was to stop eating cows and pigs. It was easy because the driving force behind my decision to change my diet was animal cruelty. Start with whatever is easiest for you to cut out, and then work from there. Gradually eliminate more animal products as you are ready to and feel comfortable doing. Do it at your own pace and don’t rush yourself, every small elimination you make is a huge contribution to bringing health to your body, respecting animals, and bettering our world.
To help you achieve total veganism, let these books guide you and fill you with confidence. I know that transitioning to veganism may seem like an impossible mission sometimes, but these books got me through it, and they will get you through it too.
One Book to Get You Started...
1. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD
This book is the ultimate book for learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet. It helped me understand the science behind a plant-based diet and proved to me that veganism was the way to go. The books explains in plain terms how a plant-based diet is the strongest tool we have against disease and illness. It is easy to read and will completely change how you think about food. You’ll be hooked by page two of the Introduction where Campbell tells you that by simply changing your diet, you can completely reverse heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. He also reexamines the “protein myth” and shows how not only are vegans getting enough protein, but that consuming a lot of protein actually promotes cancer. This book teaches you how to eat in order to maximize your health and longevity, and tells why you haven’t been taught proper nutrition before. Campbell lastly looks at the scary truth as to why there is so much misinformation about how we should be eating. The China Study could save your life.
And Now Three Cookbooks to Take You to the Next Level...
I have spent a lot of time looking through a lot of vegan cookbooks. Today, I am pretty confident when it comes to cooking vegan food, but when I first made the transition to an animal-free diet, I was terrified and clueless. For a while it was spaghetti and tomato sauce every night for dinner. I was afraid that this was what veganism would be like for the rest of my life. These three cookbooks changed my perspective on vegan cooking. They have given me the confidence that I can cook delicious food that is also healthy and doing my body good. There are a lot of great cookbooks out there, but these three favorites of mine make veganism a (delicious) breeze!