Okay, I know, I know, 22 days does not a vegan make, but the celebrity duo make taking the vegan plunge look, well, really freaking simple (Cue to a photo of decadent vegan mac and “cheese” on Beyoncé’es instagram), so besides hiring a personal chef, what are the top secrets for making going vegan as simple as Truffle Pie with Sea Salt and Butternut Squash Walnut Ice Cream? Giddy up:
1. Read Healthy. Happy. Life. Sugar Plum Citrus-Cranberry Sparkle Muffins? Super-Blueberry Toasted-Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits? Smoky Maple Tempeh Cheezy Broccoli Pita? Don’t mind if I do. Then drool over Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes‘ Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting and Braised Greens with Golden Raisins & Smokey Tempeh. You can also check out my slideshow of vegan comfort food recipes for everyone for some more awesome vegan blog resources. I suggest you stop there though, lest you want to go food shopping with a list the size of Santa’s up in the North Pole.
2. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on everything. Everything!
3. Eat Fritos. And everything bagels. And Ritz Crackers. And cinnamon Teddy Grahams. And Wheat Thins. And Sour Patch Kids. And baba ganoush. And grape leaves. And hummus. And scallion pancakes. And countless more accidentally vegan foods (props to PETA for the awesome list). Because you still can! Stop thinking about the shift as excluding your old favorites, and start thinking about all the amazing foods you can still include in your diet and the new foods ripe for fun experimentation during this exciting new phase of exploration (C’mon, who doesn’t love the honeymoon phase of a relationship?). And drizzle Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup over it all, because you can do that too, you know.
4. Put a mark on your calendar (paper, iPhone, desktop or otherwise) everyday you stick to a vegan diet. You’ll feel more accountable to your new routine and proud to track all your progress.
5. Make up a big vat of vegan soup. Because you’ll feel virtuous. And no matter how convinced you are that a stupid bowl of soup won’t fill you up, you’ll make it and be shocked. Because it will (Okay, you might need two bowls). Try this version with veggie broth from Queen of Quinoa for Super Healthy Green Soup. And sop it up with a warm, crusty loaf of delicious multigrain or sourdough bread. Because bread cures everything. Even Oreo withdrawal. OH WAIT THOSE ARE VEGAN!