One of the great things about becoming a vegan is that you don’t have to go at it alone. There are plenty of resources to help you make a healthy transition when starting from scratch. I quickly discovered this with the help of my daughter Samantha as we began changing our eating style.
The most helpful of all resources was YouTube. As someone who is primarily a visual learner, I really needed someone to show me what to eat and how to prepare vegan foods. I’m the first to admit that I didn’t know much about cooking in general so having someone walk me through every step of the process was paramount. My favorite vegan videos are the “What I ate today” content. They provide plenty of examples of what to eat and how to prepare foods correctly without being overwhelming.
There are a number of vegans who develop these videos on a regular basis. As I watched more of them, I found some snacks and meals that appealed to me – they were both health and easy to make. That’s where I started. And I couldn’t have done it without this one-on-one learning. These videos lessened any anxiety I had about going vegan and helped me with my inexperienced cooking methods.
I’m still watching these videos on a regular basis and finding new vegans sharing what they eat on a daily basis. At Vegan for One Day, we’re sharing what we eat on Twitter (@VeganOne ) and other social channels. Follow us and share your pictures and videos as well. As we all come together around vegan meals and snacks, we’re helping the entire vegan community.
Another thing to consider is how to accommodate different types of eating situations. For example, when you go out to eat at a restaurant or party, how can you eat vegan? These videos often show individuals in different situations eating vegan meals and making accommodations for different situations. A good example is that some vegans consume protein powder or shakes before or after workouts or on the go.
I wasn’t aware of this option and it actually helped allay some fears around the consumption of protein. Ever since going Vegan, I’ve heard it from dozens of people, “How are you getting your protein?” The reality is there’s plenty of protein in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and legumes. However, after working out and expanding additional calories, I personally like to supplement with plant-based protein powder. If I never watched what other vegans ate, I’d never have known about this option.