The Vegan Success Worksheet
There’s no need to rack your brain thinking of the challenges you’re bound to run into as a new vegan – we’ve done it for you. Proper planning can do a lot to set you up for success on the vegan diet, and this worksheet will help you do just that. Take time to answer these questions and maximize your vegan experience:
- What are three fruits and three veggies to always keep around for snacks?
- Find five vegan recipes that you’re excited to try for dinner.
- Decide on three sources of vegan protein to keep in the pantry.
- Pick three ways that you plan to connect with other vegans.
- What is the main reason you chose to go vegan? What’re the secondary reasons?
- Consider how you’ll respond to questions like “But don’t you miss meat?”
- Choose three nearby restaurants that are vegan-friendly.
- Learn where to go for the best qualify vegan foods.
- Plan a vegan social gathering for some time in the next month.
- Implement a plan to keep your vegan experience fun and exciting.
1. What are three fruits and three veggies to always keep around for snacks?
Some of the most challenging times for new vegans are the times when you’re hungry but don’t have any healthy options around to curb your appetite. This is especially true since plant-based foods can have a shelf life. To keep the right healthy fruits and veggies around without having to throw away produce, take a minute to plan out some high priority snacks to add to your shopping list. Here are 10 examples of fruits and vegetables that make excellent grab-and-go snacks for vegans:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green olives
- Baby carrots
- Cucumber slices
- Chopped broccoli
2. Find five vegan recipes that you’re excited to try for dinner.
Part of the fun of switching to the vegan lifestyle is that you get to peruse the many creative recipes that vegans have posted online. Once you start meeting fellow vegans in your community, you can add their recommendations as well. Ultimately, having plans for vegan food you can cook for your main meal will give you a head start when you’re deep into the vegan lifestyle. Here are a few tempting suggestions:
- Chilaquiles With Pepitas, Charred Corn, and Black Beans
- Butternut Squash Risotto with Pine Nuts & Balsamic
- Asian Hot Pot
3. Decide on three sources of vegan protein to keep in the pantry.
The vegan diet includes a wide variety of protein sources, but it’s important to know what they are and keep them in stock. Consult a list of the most potent vegan sources of protein for ideas on which ones seem appealing, but know that all beans, seeds, nuts, and soy are a safe bet.
4. Pick three ways that you plan to connect with other vegans.
Success at anything is always easier with like-minded people joining in the struggles and festivities. This isn’t to say that you suddenly need to start hosting vegan house parties, but rather that connecting with other vegans will invariably help you when acclimating to the vegan lifestyle. Try these ideas:
- Join a vegan group on Facebook
- See if local vegan stores have anything posted about upcoming events
- Attend rallies, concerts, and other events where vegans are prevalent
5. What is the main reason you chose to go vegan? What’re the secondary reasons?
Your reasons for switching to the vegan lifestyle are yours and yours alone. However, it’s pretty much inevitable that you’re going to be asked a lot of questions by those who are curious or intimidated by your decision. Therefore, it will be easier to respond with integrity to these questions if you’re 100% confident on why you chose to go vegan. Whether it’s your love for the Earth and animals or your desire to eat clean, fresh foods, knowing why you made your decision will help deal with the questions you’re sure to receive.
6. Consider how you’ll respond to questions like “But don’t you miss meat?”
Along with general questions about your decision will be questions and comments that are highly judgmental. It should be noted beforehand that some of the comments people make about your vegan decision can border on being rude or intrusive. Reasons for this include the fact that people are intimidated by anything different, and may perceive your decision to better yourself as arrogant. By simply bracing yourself for judgments from those who are curious, intimidated, or jealous you can be better prepared for vegan life.
7. Choose three nearby restaurants that are vegan-friendly
Just because you’re going vegan, doesn’t mean you can’t eat out anymore. Veganism is rapidly expanding, and progressive restaurant owners recognize the opportunity to include purely plant-based options on their menus. A few minutes of online research can let you know which restaurants near you have entrees that support the vegan diet. Keep them in mind for social occasions or times when you want to eat out for a change.
8. Learn where to go for the best qualify vegan foods.
Not every grocery store will have the staples you need to maintain your vegan lifestyle. For example, tempeh is high protein fermented soy, and a lot of supermarkets don’t have it. Other things to consider is stores that have a variety of beans and seeds, and where to find the freshest and best deals on produce. Veggies are the cornerstone of your diet as a vegan, so knowing where to find the best ones is vital. Some companies have vegan snacks as well which are made from honest, organic ingredients.
9. Plan a vegan social gathering for some time in the next month.
Whether it’s a trip to a vegan restaurant you heard about, a hike through a nearby park, or a vegan night out at the wine bar, having other vegans on your team will vastly improve your odds of success. Vegan friends are helpful for learning about new recipes, hearing out their struggles, and for sticking to the vegan diet in general.The sooner you connect with other vegans, the sooner you can reap the benefits of being a social vegan!
10. Implement a plan to keep your vegan experience fun and exciting.
Any long relationship needs to be tended to in order to keep it fresh, and the lifelong commitment to veganism is no different. Unless you’re the kind of person that can eat bananas day in and day out, then you’re going to want to consistently find new recipes, foods, restaurants, and ways to experience the vegan lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions on keeping your vegan diet fresh for years to come:
- Commit to cooking 5 new vegan recipes each month
- Reward yourself with trips to a new vegan restaurant
- Continuously seek out new vegan veggies, grains, and foods to try
- Find new and passionate vegans and find out what their diets are like
Preparations are Complete – It’s Time to Begin Your Journey into the Vegan Lifestyle!
Once you’ve addressed the questions and concerns posed in this vegan worksheet, you’ll be primed and ready to commit to the lifestyle completely. Now that you’re confident in the foods you’ll need, the recipes you’ll try, and other concerns, you can enter into the vegan diet knowing why and how you’re going to do it. Congratulations on your life-altering decision to commit to the vegan lifestyle, and best of luck reaping the many benefits that will come your way.