As you may have read by now, I contemplated becoming vegan for many years. Even though I knew it was the right thing to do, I just couldn’t commit (but when I did I was there 100%). It seemed like a big deal to give up all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, leather, wool, etc.). As much as I didn’t want animals to suffer I didn’t want to suffer either. I knew if I gave up meat and all animal products I would feel deprived if I didn’t have good, solid substitutes. I had already given up meat but the rest was a huge leap.
Until I realized all the resources available, I couldn’t imagine myself being vegan. Once I started reading about others who made the change and finding all the resources on the internet, it became easier to envision. There are several books that got me started:
Voices from the Garden: Stories of Becoming a Vegetarian — Short stories of others who chose vegetarianism and why. Good if you need inspiration.
Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet— Good nutritional resource. (Funny story about this book. I bought it a couple of years before I became vegan. It sat on my book shelf and then sat some more. In fact it sat there so long I started to feel it staring at me, so I got rid of it. I obviously wasn’t ready. Must have bought it too soon. So I bought it again when I was ready. Are you beginning to see how hard I thought this would be? I had it all wrong. It’s easy being vegan. Now I know.)
Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Handbook — Good book to help you get through your first Thanksgiving dinner with omnivores and other tricky situations.