Tools That Helped Me Go Vegan


Switching to a plant-based diet is not easy if you don’t have the correct resources. I have read, watched, and tried a lot of different tools to help me in my plant-based journey, and here is my comprehensive list of my favorites.


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Movies and Documentaries

I consider myself a visual learner. So when I wanted to deep dive into the wold of veganism, watching films, movies, and documentaries seemed like the most practical way to go. Some of them touch on the health side of veganism, others touch on the sustainability of our food system, while others scare you by highlighting the harsh realities of animal agriculture. Watching all of them gave me a well-rounded view of the plant-based world in an educating, entertaining fashion. Here are my top three:


1. Earthlings
Earthlings Documentary (Film Summary) - Plant Based
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This is a tough watch, but a very important one. In this documentary, viewers get a glimpse into how much humans rely on animals for clothing, food, entertainment, science experiments, and more. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, one of my favorite vegan celebrities, viewers will be blown away by the secret footage that expose the animal industry for all of its’ cruelties and wrong doings. Super informative, super heartbreaking.


2. The Game Changers
The Game Changers (2018) - IMDb

For anyone who is worried about not getting enough protein, being an athlete and going plant-based, performance in the gym, etc, this one’s for you. Produced by multiple big names, including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan, this film is second to none. Following major athletes who have made the switch to a plant-based diet, The Game Changers covers the science behind the diet and how it leads to improved performance. If you’re a skeptic, start here and prepare to have your mind blown!


3. Dominion
Food, Inc. (2008) - IMDb

This is my personal favorite. As someone who graduated with a degree in Agriculture, I geeked out over this film. It covers the ins-and-outs of the food industry, starting with animal agriculture and ending with produce and grains; viewers get a true glimpse into where their food is coming from. They also cover the economic and sustainability issues that stem from our current agricultural system. It’s full of facts, statistics, and everything you need to educate yourself on our food system.


Ebooks and Online Resources

The internet is one of the most powerful tools we have today. We have access to books, scientific articles, statistics, etc within reach every day, all day. Therefore, you can find everything you need to know about veganism – the science behind it, recipes, and more with just a few clicks! Here are my favorite internet resources for those making the switch:


1. 6-Part Transition E-Course (FREE!)
Nutriciously - Healthy Plant-Based Eating.
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I cannot believe this course is free. The value I got from using this course was insane! It covers all the basics of switching to a plant-based lifestyle: benefits, meal plans, tips and tricks, myths, nutrition, and more! I stumbled upon this course a few months after starting my-plant based journey, and to be honest, this is what got me on the right track with my protein intake, crafting new recipes, and becoming a more well-rounded vegan. Check it out here, it’s free (and AMAZING!)


2. Vegan Meal Plans – Bowls (FREE!)
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Another free goodie offered by Nutritiously is their one week meal plan filled with delicious bowls to keep you full, focused, and feeling amazing. As someone who went vegan in college, this was my best friend; throwing together all of my favorite ingredients into a bowl was great for meal prepping and quick dinners. Plus, I still use some of these recipes today! Switching to a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be complicated, and this meal plan emphasizes that with simple, versatile bowls perfect for anyone looking to eat a plant-based diet. Check it out here!


3. One Green Planet
One Green Planet

One Green Planet is a one-stop shop for all things vegan: recipes, news, updates, and more! Here you can learn more about what is happening in the vegan community, read up on studies about plant-based diets, sign petitions, and more! This was, and still is, my go-to when I need a little more education on certain topics, want to catch up on news, or find tasty recipes! Check it out here.


4. Ebooks, Ebooks, Ebooks!

I have always been someone who preferred physical books to electronic books, so I had a rude awakening when I got to college (those physical textbooks cost me a fortune!) So, when I went vegan while still in college, I figured I should read up about it without spending my entire savings account on books. That’s when I made the switch to Ebooks; I read a ton, and the one’s offered by Nutritiously were by far my favorite (are you sensing a theme here?) I started out with the free courses and recipes, but when I was getting serious about veganism, I invested in The Complete Vegan Starter Kit from Nutritiously. It’s packed with value, including formulas to help build your own recipes, printables, and over 200 pages of science-backed plant-based goodness. Check it out here, you won’t regret it!


Apps

Everyone has a smart phone in this day and age. Use it to help improve your lifestyle by downloading applications that have your wellness in mind. Here are a few of my favorites!


1. Happy Cow (FREE!)
HappyCow - Latest in Vegan Cuisine, Travel & Tips
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Happy Cow is perfect for someone who loves going out to eat, but is also not sure where they can eat without breaking their plant-based lifestyle. This app will help you locate vegan-friendly restaurants, natural food shops, products, and more! Check them out here.


2. Veggie Alternatives (FREE!)
Best Vegan Apps of 2020

Available on the app store, Veggie Alternatives is perfect for new vegans. If you’re on the hunt for meat, egg, or cheese substitutes, this is your best friend. The app provides you with lists of vegan products, where to find them, and even the nutrition facts so you can be mindful about what you’re putting in your body. 10/10 would recommend for anyone trying to make the switch!


3. Pinterest
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This may seems obvious, but Pinterest is one of the best search engines. There are so many vegan accounts (here is mine) jam packed with recipes. Pinterest is where I learned how to make vegan gravy, air fry brussel sprouts, and even a layered birthday cake! Again, this is obvious, but so often overlooked.


Going vegan doesn’t have to be complicated; equip yourself with knowledge, ebooks, and apps, and the transition will be that much easier!

3 Comments

  1. Diana says:

    Cool resources! There are so many free, valuable information out there, I’m glad you found something useful for you to help you in the process of going vegan!

  2. Aydela says:

    Such a helpful compilation of vegan material! Even though I’ve been vegan for almost 4 years, I haven’t heard of some of these resources.

  3. Reut shaviro says:

    NIce post 🙂

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