Vegan 101: Crash Course

Hi! I’m Perri. And I accidentally catapulted myself into this universe after writing some articles on the topic of going vegan (see below) during my time as food editor at Reader’s Digest. Curious? Here’s how to get started…

VEGAN 101

Read these articles. Start toying with the idea of making the shift…

11 Convincing Reasons that Going Vegan Isn’t Crazy
How to Become a Vegan: 12 Tips from the Experts
23 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes for Everyone
5 Secrets to Make Going Vegan as Easy as Jay-Z and Beyonce

Then peruse these blogs for inspiration and to drool some more…

Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
86Lemons
Healthy.Happy.Life
FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Olives for Dinner

Worry about missing out on cheese plates with crusty french bread and grapes (hey, two outta three ain’t bad! and two words times three words: balsamic and extra virgin olive oil)

…But then watch these documentaries on Netflix and change your mind again…

Food, Inc.
Vegucated
Forks over Knives
Food Matters
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Still not convinced? Read these books…

Skinny Bitch
Eating Animals
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health

P.S. What’s Vegan? Ah, so glad you finally asked. A vegan diet is one that excludes all animal products. Most people get that meat and fish come from living things and are a no-no for vegans, but some folks forget that animals have to work tirelessly for those eggs, butter, milk, yogurts and ice creams that are gracing your table (or slipped into snack foods, baked goods, dressings, sauces and more) as well. Many vegans also don’t eat honey that comes from bees. But instead of focusing on what you can’t eat as a vegan, why not focus on what you can? Fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, chocolate, sweets, nuts…the list goes on and on. And, as this blog will hopefully show you, there’s a vegan swap for just about any dish you love.

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