A Beginner’s Guide to Going Vegan

May 2, 2018By 4 Comments

Whether you’ve decided on going vegan for ethical, health, or environmental reasons (or all three!), here’s a list of resources that’ll help make the transition a little easier.

Quick pep talk: You got this, boo! If it seems overwhelming, think baby steps versus going cold tofurky (haha, see what I did there?). I’m your cheerleader and part of your support system, so feel free to hit me up if you need any tips, recipes, encouragement, etc. xoxo

vegan pasta

Where to Start


Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan Recipe Blogs

Vegan food substitutes:


  • Beyond Meat – best veg burgers, IMHO
  • MorningStar Farms – sausage, bacon, meat crumbles, etc.
  • Field Roast – sausages, deli slices, burgers, roasts, and loaves
  • Gardein – faux chicken, beef, fish, pork, pocket meals
  • Tofurky – deli slices, sausages, ham roast, veggie burgers, etc.
  • Yves – hot dogs, sausages, and deli slices




  • Almond Breeze – almond, cashew, and coconut varieties
  • Edensoy
  • Oatly – oat milk, chai, latte, and Barista Edition
  • Pacific – soy, almond, and coconut varieties
  • Ripple – pea-based
  • Silk – soy, almond, and cashew varieties
  • So Delicious – almond, cashew, and coconut varieties
  • Trader Joe’s – soy, almond, and coconut varieties
  • WestSoy

More dairy substitutes

  • Tofutti – ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream
  • So Delicious – ice cream, yogurt, creamers, cheese
  • Zen Soy – non-dairy pudding

Now that we’ve covered all the food stuffs, Vegan Beauty Review has lots of great info on cruelty-free fashion and vegan beauty, too (haha, obvs), so puruse at your leisure.



Beauty Book

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty (written by yours truly) 🙂

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Going veg is actually way easier (and much healthier) than people think. Remember, Im’ here if ya need me! Feel free to comment below with any questions. xx

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  1. This is such a great list!
    You skip the complication and jibber-jabber and get straight to the point.
    Whatever the reader needs is listed and they can pick accordingly.
    You spread it chronologically how most new vegans transition = Recipes, Food Replacement, Beauty, Fashion.
    I also love how you give the pep talk and leave cute little comments/jokes.
    Def. showing people that vegans aren’t “rude”, “stuck up”, and “judgey”.
    Thank you for putting this together!

  2. Freya says:

    This is seriously such a good, comprehensive list! There are some products on there that I really want to try – mainly the Beyond Meat Burger!

  3. Paige says:

    Hey Sunny,
    I’m kinda young (read: not yet living on my own yet) and trying to become a vegan, but I have some pretty major issues.
    First, I’m in school, and I don’t have a job. So I’m kind of dependent on what my family buys. And my dad is the kind of person who doesn’t consider a meal to exist without meat.
    Second, I have a gluten allergy, which already causes stress and irritations around here. I actually think this one might make things a little easier since there are some microwave dinners and snacks that I buy which are both gluten free and vegan. The issue is, I already have to deal with a lot of complaints regarding my “special” food (as I have a choice in the GF matter).
    Third, I know that a vegan diet doesn’t have to be more expensive than an omnivorous one, but I’m thinking that’s only true if you aren’t still buying meat for the majority. (We don’t really buy a lot of veggies either. 🙁 )
    Fourth, how do I deal with the guaranteed heckling from my family. I already go days without eating meat – whenever I can manage – and people already comment on that. Have you got any witty one-liners to throw back?

    Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.

    Some things I’ve already done is the aforementioned having a few meatless days, though they unfortunately usually still contain dairy and eggs. 🙁
    I have cut Coca-Cola out of my diet. (I kind of had to lie to my family to do this one. I told them that Coke isn’t gluten-free. BUT I had been trying to cut it out of my diet for awhile, and the only way to make sure they kept other things in the house – including bottled water because the tap here isn’t great – was to make them think that I couldn’t drink Coke anymore.)
    I have talked to my mamaw, and we’re going to buy a gluten-free and vegan cookbook, so she can teach me how to cook, since none of the family recipes are GF and she knows how I’m not fond of meat. That still doesn’t mean we’ll keep the food I need to make the recipes regularly. Ugh…

    Thanks so much,

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