5 Things You Should Know When Going Vegan

1. Know your facts. You’re gonna need them.

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If you’ve ever openly discussed going vegan, you probably found that some people had rather a lot to say on the matter.

You’ll always find at least one smug meat-eater who wants to challenge you on your eating habits… you know the kind of person.

When this happens, you’re going to want to know your facts. A great place to start is Earthling Ed’s e-book ’30 non-vegan excuses and how to respond to them’, which you can download for free here.

Remember that you don’t owe anyone an explanation. But, if you’re passionate about getting people interested in veganism (or just passionate about making the doubters shut up), it’s always handy to have some facts up your sleeve.

When someone asks you where you get your protein from

2. There’s a substitute for almost anything these days.

Worried you’ll miss your weekly dose of cake or the occasional bacon sandwich? Don’t sweat it.

We live in the wonderful age of vegan substitutes, a time when companies are creating many a new vegan product and, to be honest, they’re just getting better and better. 

You can even make your own vegan meringue from the water canned chickpeas come in, a treat that is traditionally made out of just egg and sugar. If that’s not vegan progress, I don’t know what is.

3. You can get all the nutrients you so desire.

As long as your diet consists of more than just pasta, that is.

You’ll likely hear many people batting around the (unfounded) claim that you can’t get all the nutrients your body needs without animal products. The truth is you absolutely can, you just might need to pay a little closer attention and make sure you get in a good variety of foods.

Check out our Nutrition in a Nutshell guide for the full low-down.

4. You’ll almost always find something to eat at a restaurant.

Some restaurants have great vegan options while others, not so much.

It’s definitely worth doing some MI5-style intelligence gathering before you book a table – have a look at online menus or have a look at our eating out guide, or even contact restaurants directly to see what they can offer you.

Eating at restaurants as a vegan

If you do find yourself staring helplessly at a seemingly vegan-less menu, don’t panic. You’ve just got to get creative and ask if there are any changes they can make to veganise one of their meals – there’s almost always a way!

5. Keep your wits about you.

Beware of the hidden non-vegan potholes out there, ready to trip you up.

There are a few things that you may not automatically question that aren’t vegan at all – you might want to double-check your cosmetics, your sweets, your alcohol and your cleaning products, for example.

On the flip side, there’s tonnes that you wouldn’t imagine being vegan that actually is (Oreos, I’m looking at you). Take a look at these ‘accidentally’ vegan products – you might be pleasantly surprised.

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PAGE UPDATED JULY 2020

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