Draft: Five Top Tips to Make Going Vegan Easy & Hassle Free

A guest blog post by @orsi__ban. Orsi has been vegan for over a year having joined in Animal Aid's summer vegan pledge. Having been vegetarian for six months before, Orsi has put together these five top tips to make it easy for you to transition to a vegan diet.
 
So you have decided to take the leap and give the vegan lifestyle a try. Congratulations! I remember when I first went vegan everything seemed so overwhelming, I was reading labels left and right (why the hell is there milk in crisps?!) and planned my day around where I would be eating. However, as I progressed I found some really good tips and tricks that I thought might make a transitioning vegan’s life a hell of a lot easier. Here they are!
 
1. Download a food scanning app
During my first few months as a vegan this little hack saved me so much time and effort that I can’t recommend it enough! The app I used is called “Spoon Guru” which lets you choose and filter your dietary needs and when you scan a product it pops up with a message telling you if it’s suitable or not.
 
"No matter how complex your dietary requirements, Spoon Guru quickly and easily finds everyday food that matches your unique profile. With a barcode scanner, recipes, and product search, this is the world’s leading safe, accurate and easy to use food search and discovery app."
 
Granted, you might not be able to find everything on there, but from experience I can tell you its database is wide and very accurate.
 
2. Download a restaurant finder
Do you like going out but find it stressful to find somewhere to eat with your carnivore friends? Are you travelling abroad and need restaurants that cater for your diet? Well, I have a solution for you. The most popular restaurant finder is probably Happy Cow but when I first saw I had to pay £2.99 on the app store I instantly wondered if there was a free version just as good. There is a very similar app called Vanilla Bean which finds you vegan/vegetarian restaurants nearby. They both tell you if it’s fully vegan, vegetarian or has vegan options and you can read reviews of the place. Now, this was a lifesaver for me; if you’re in a relationship you know the struggle of agreeing on a restaurant when going out..when you’re vegan and just starting it’s even harder! This app saved me so much time and effort and I couldn’t be more grateful for it.
 
(HappyCow also plots them on a map and is used almost daily by Tash)
 
3. Do your research
This is an obvious one but let me share with you two of my favourite websites and articles that have helped me out majorly!
  • Veganuary - probably the biggest advocate for trying veganism this website has all the information you need to get you started on your journey! Their “Vegan Starter Kit” section offers everything from nutrition info, food essentials to accidentally vegan snacks (my personal favourite)! They also have articles available about eating out and reading labels but if you have the two apps that I talked about above you’re good to go.
  • The Vegan Society - as the most recognisable trademark and credible source for vegans, they are one of the most versatile websites bursting with information. Under the tab lifestyle they have everything you could ever need, covering food, recipes, student living, travel and fashion.
4. Follow vegan instagram accounts
Even if you’re not big in the world of social media, creating an instagram account just for these pages is worth it in my opinion! I get all my vegan news from here - it’s so easy and keeps me up to date with the newest launches, releases and everything vegan! Here are the top pages to follow:
  • nowyouknowitsvegan - if you need snack ideas this page has it all! So much food you would have never thought was vegan!
  • veganfoodandliving - vegan magazine and news source who post about everything plant based.
  • wheretovegan_ - a page dedicated to vegan food and where to find them!
  • accidentallyveganuk - the name says it all; a UK based page dedicated to products that happen to be vegan AND delicious.
  • my.vegan.week - every week a vegan person takes over the page and we get an insight to what they eat for that week.
  • veganbeautygirl - this is for all the makeup enthusiasts out there! Nicole is a vegan blogger whose page is focused mainly on vegan makeup and beauty products.
  • marta_canga - vegan blogger focused primarily on vegan fashion but also posts about food and beauty.
  • vicsta_the_vegan - purely vegan food based account posting everything about new supermarket finds, easy recipes and plant based news.
5. Don’t stress it
Possibly the most important of all of these and that is to take it easy! Going vegan is such a big change which impacts not just your diet but your entire life. You are going to make some mistakes but it’s a huge learning curve and so rewarding at the end of the day. Don’t beat yourself up about the small things; learn from them and figure out a lifestyle that suits you. You’re on the right path and hopefully this post was somewhat helpful in getting you started or giving you new ideas.
 
Thank you so much for this post Orsi who has joined our blogging community. If you want to feature on our blog, get in touch.
 
Tash x

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