When you’re inspired to go vegan, the next step is to take the plunge. Here’s a simple guide on the in-order steps to take to kick off your new cruelty free lifestyle.
How to go Vegan Overnight
1. Go through your fridge and pantry
The first step is to get rid of all non-vegan foods you have. Check the ingredients on all packages, and make sure there’s no animal products. Watch out for ingredients such as gelatin, whey, honey, casein, red dye, and added vitamins (such as in juice) which could be sourced from animal exploitation. When you’ve gotten all non-vegan food items, either donate to a food shelf, give directly to people in need, or compost.
2. Plan recipes for the beginning of your new lifestyle
Collect recipes that are new, packed with vitamins, and some recipes for cruelty-free versions of your old favorites. Gather some soup and curry recipes, find your favorite type of bean to throw in with some rice and vegetables, and get some avocados for a quick avocado toast breakfast. For less healthy options we recommend Daiya mac ‘n’ cheese, Amy’s vegan pizza, and Tofurkey deli slices for sandwiches. Remember to grab snacks! Kale chips, popcorn, and cliff-bars are delicious in a pinch. Make a grocery list with necessary ingredients.
3. Go to the Grocery Store
Head to your local grocery store (we recommend a co-op) and pick up the essentials. Tofu, rice, beans, nutritional yeast, curry powder, coconut milk, and peanut butter are a few essentials to keep on hand at all times. Most nutritional yeast is fortified with vitamin B12, so a table spoon per day will keep you from a B12 supplement.
4. Go through your closet
Check the labels on all of your clothing and separate clothing with silk, wool, leather, fur, and feathers (down jackets). To go the extra mile, also separate out any clothing with plastic-fibers, and sick to cotton, hemp, bamboo, and plant-based cellulose fibers. Give these items to houseless people and donate to a local shelter, but give fur items to sanctuaries. Sanctuaries often use fur to rehabilitate at-risk animals. Vegans don’t wear animal fibers that were previously purchased or gifted because we choose not to promote the exploitation of animals in any circumstances. There’s hundreds of versatile options for vegan clothing that don’t promote animal exploitation.
5. Stay strong
Veganism gets easier every day, once the habit forms, and when you realize animals aren’t here for any one but themselves, veganism is easy, fun, and wholesome. There are thousands of friends to make through activist efforts, hundreds of vegan restaurants, and your bond with animals and nature will only get stronger. Stick to it and you’ll feel amazing mentally, spiritually, and physically. What’s not to love about being cruelty free?