Making the Transition

Photo by Ty Hyten Photography

“We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, ‘What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?’” 

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

The quote above makes me feel a thousand things. “What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?” 

You’re here on this blog because you care.  Or you’re curious.  Maybe you identify as a kind, good, moral person and want that identity to extend to your food choices. Or… you’re here because you’re my parents (Hi, Mom!  Hi, Dad!).

Once you’ve made the decision to withdraw your money from violent industries, you may be thinking “cool, now what?”  Last week, I wrote about some grocery store hacks and what I usually make and buy.  But, I have even more tips to make this transition easier for you and your family.

  • Meal plan in advance (I cook on Sundays for the week)
  • When visiting a friend, let them know of your dietary preferences. You may offer to contribute a vegan dish to the meal
  • When all else fails, bring a meal-replacement bar in your bag
  • Don’t eat pasta every single day.  You will get fat.  Same thing with avocados (I’m mostly saying this to past-Shannon)
  • Don’t just substitute fake meat for animal flesh (classic rookie mistake) – vegan meals can be amazing if you think outside the box!  You’d be surprised at how easy it is to trade your turkey sandwich for hummus, tempeh bacon, and avocado
  • Have some reasons handy for people who are curious.  Well-meaning folks will ask dumb questions. Don’t get frustrated by this – use it as a chance to speak with peace and plant an education seed.  You never know who you may be influencing
  • Forgive yourself – it’s not about being perfect!
  • Try non-dairy milk and non-dairy cheese, feel free to go a little overboard on these items while you’re trying to cut back on meat and dairy
  • Social media is a great source of inspiration- recipes, facts, memes….
  • Buy some cookbooks and have a good time!
  • Join some vegan groups in your local community.  If that isn’t available, join a vegan Facebook group, or a Reddit group, or follow vegan instagram celebrities. Food is all about connection and you should still feel like you can connect!
  • Ask your partner, friends, and family to support you
  • Do your homework: look up vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein. Any significant dietary change can present us with questions and concerns about getting the right nutrients, and veganism is no exception



The Vegan RD
Vegan Health
Jack Norris, RD
Vegetarian Resource Group
Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
Vegan Society Nutrition and Health


Becoming Vegan
Becoming Vegan: Express Edition
The Plant Powered Diet
Vegan for Life
Vegan for Her



  1. Indeed!… What did I do?

    Well I took my first vegan side dish to a gathering yesterday. It was a yummy Greek salad (no croutons no feta cheese) from the one straw eating food blog of a good friend of mine.
    It was very well received! I am finding it very doable to eschew animal flesh and dairy… Harder to let go of my beloved eggs! Shannon’s blog is immensely helpful/inspirational and I am excited to have the informational resources/links as I am an insatiable Nutrition info freak!
    Today I’m going to try my first ever attempt at cooking with tofu! Wish me luck!

    susan schneider


    • That looks super good! I’ll have to make that this weekend. And how did cooking with tofu go? It’s kind of blank canvas type of food – similar to chicken, it matters what you slather it in 🙂


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