Going Vegan? We’re Here to Help!

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PETA Go Vegan TEvery way you look at it, going vegan makes sense. For animals, for your health, for the environment, for your conscience and even for your wallet!

Our 30-day pledge is the ideal way to try going vegan for yourself. Pledgers receive regular advice and support to help with the transition to a plant-based diet, including a free vegan starter kit. After a month, most people feel great and never want to go back to consuming animal products!

Here at PETA, we’ve all been through the same journey and know that it can take a little while to adjust to a new way of eating, shopping and thinking about your food. This blog post is a place where you can share your experiences, swap tips and ask for advice.

Please use the comment space below to tell us how you’re finding your first month of going vegan. If you have questions, we’ll do our best to respond as soon as we can!

We’d love to hear from more seasoned vegans, too. So whether you’ve been “clean” (of animal products, that is) for 30 days, 30 weeks or 30 years, please share your insights!

Finally, as you embark on this exciting journey to a more compassionate lifestyle, remember: you’re not alone! Every day, thousands of people – including celebs such as Leona Lewis, Thom Yorke, Benjamin Zephaniah and Morrissey – are making the same choice to leave animals out of their diets.

And as we vegans grow in number, our voice becomes more powerful. A cruelty-free lifestyle has never been easier – from high-street fashion to sandwiches in supermarkets, you don’t have to go out of your way to find fantastic vegan options. Got a tip of your own? Tell us about it below!


  • Jasmine commented on May 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I turned vegan 1st January this year and it wasn’t as hard as I imagined. Organisation is the key, plan what you’re going to eat and when and stick to it. Prepare snacks and lunches at the weekend for the week ahead. Its really difficult to find anything vegan for lunch in my home town! Search the internet, there are 100’s of vegan blogs out there all with delicious recipes for you to try. You are not alone. Enjoy the food you eat, your pallet will change over time and you will be amazed at what you crave in the future.

    • Dan commented on May 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Awesome. Luckily vegan options seem to be coming more and more popular at restaurants. Thanks for sharing!

    • steve jones commented on February 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      started going vegan a few weeks ago, v-hard to start with but getting better, lots of recipes with pasta and roast veg, very tasty, some vids online brought me to tears. glad I started. can someone sagest an alternative to Butter for my Baked spud. THANKS

    • albert commented on March 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      My moods have decreased, I ve lost weight, I have a clearer concience and I generally feel better on the vegan diet. To help me i have bought a vegan cookbook, and the main thing I need to do is expand my repertoire of meals I can eat, by learning a few recipes off by heart. I dont like eating faux meat or even false dairy products particuarly as they make me feel iam eating meat. I used to feel very irritable and moody, not to say I dont still feel bad from time to time, but I have had fewer meltdowns and can control myself better, whether this is to do with cutting out meat and dairy, I hope so. I feel clearer in my head. I am also starting to take the next step and not wear animal products either, like wool. I have been a vegan for 6 weeks roughly, after being a vegetarian on and off for many years.

  • Lisa commented on May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Pret A Manger is a life-saver! A lot of their soups are vegan and so is their avocado sandwich. Being able to grab meals on-the-go has made being vegan so much easier for me.

    • Dan commented on May 31, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Great tip! We’ll be blogging about more vegan options on the High Street next week.

    • Mimi commented on May 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Hey Lisa, check out their new veg roll too. It’s super tasty!

  • Jay Mccluskie commented on May 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I Am Finding It VERY HARD Because My Parents Are Trying To Make Me Become A Meat Eater ! HELP

    • Dan commented on May 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

      It’s something that a lot of us went through. What is it they are concerned about? Do you think they need learn about the benefits themselves?

      There’s lots of good discussion on what to do about this subject on PETA2:

    • retro jet commented on March 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      That is a tough situation…
      If the documented facts proving how healthy vegan, (or vegetarian) lifestyles are, does not convince them, then try the tough facts.
      My principle reason for not eating meat is how inhumanely animals are slaughtered and mistreated by the meat market industry.
      There are horrific videos of this online that even I find hard to watch, and I am not recommending that you watch them, but they show the undeniable truth of how sick and indefensible the industry is!!!
      A compassionate love for all living creatures is more than enough reason for not eating them! Eating a cow or pig, etc….. is just as disgusting as eating a dog or cat… imho!
      Good luck with your choice to live a healthy, and conscientious life! πŸ™‚

  • Cheryl Leanaghan commented on May 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve recently become vegan and it was the best thing I’ve ever done!! I’ve found it difficult at 1st but I got in touch with the vegan society and they helped a great deal! My advice is if you want to turn vegan just do it it will change your life for the better!

  • Carly Prendergast commented on June 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I’ve been vegetarian for nearly 20 years and earlier this year I decided to go vegan. Haven’t had any dairy for 3 months and gave up eggs 2 weeks ago πŸ™‚ As a lover of chocolate, cakes and cheese I never thought I could do it but once the initial couple of weeks of cravings were over it was really easy. I feel much healthier and I’ve learnt to cook so many cool things! Planning meals ahead is a definite must for me and I also carry around a bar of vegan chocolate with me in case I get a sudden craving whilst I’m in a non vegan friendly place πŸ™‚

  • carol commented on June 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    i turned vegan this yr i will never look bk… ive never been healthier,slimmer or more guilt free… its the way for the future with so many products out there we have no need to kill,,, i love my vegan lifesyle and i am an avid animaal rights supporter….

    • Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

      What A great feeling to know you are helping animals.
      I can’t bear to look at some of the Pets videos.
      I turned vegan 2 weeks ago and my body feels clean.
      Best Dr vision I ever made.

  • Carol Guyatt commented on June 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Don’t know what to substitute meat with ???

    • Dan commented on June 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Hey Carol.
      There’s loads of protein-packed veggies, but if you are looking for fake meats, check out the freezer aisle of most large supermarkets. In the UK, you’ll find vegan sausages and burgers at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrissons. You can find a bigger variety at specialty shops and some Holland & Barrets or make it yourself!

      PETA US have a neat 2 week meal plan, if you’re just getting started and want some healthy meal ideas:

      • Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:31 am

        I made some cheese and lentil burgers yesterday,they were fantastic.Check out the book meat free Monday ,by Linda Macartney,of the beetles.

  • Deborah Naish commented on June 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I have been vegan since Feb this year and vegetarian for about 3 years before that. I was feeling more and more uncomfortable with consuming dairy and eggs after finding out just how inhumane the industry is. I have been amazed at how easy it has been. My meals are adventurous and healthy and i enjoy planning and cooking my meals. I feel physically fit and am happy in the knowledge that i am not supporting animal cruelty. I have an allotment where i am growing lovely organic veg the vegan way.

  • chander kumar soni commented on July 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    proud to be vegan.

  • Julia commented on August 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I’m vegan for nearly a year already! This has given an impetus to all my affairs! And even my oldest dreams have started turning into reality!!!

  • Adrian B. commented on August 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for the email updates. It’s always nice to be reminded.

    Sadly I’ve not been 100% vegan. More 95%, and it’s been that way for several months. Not eating meat is so easy. I NEVER have to think about it or ever feel tempted. It was thanks to Durianrider that I discovered Esselstyn, Barnnard, McDougall, Robbins and Rich Roll.

    Dairy is a bit harder to avoid. At home I don’t buy anything with dairy, so that’s covered. It’s more when I’m out of the house and not able to prepare food. Example, bread and sandwiches. They sneak that in any and all chances. Rare to find sandwiches sold to not have meat and diary. Also, eating out. Hard to find meals and starters that doesn’t involve butter or some condensed high fat dairy related sauces and cheeses being used. One must request all that rubbish to be removed or you get caught out. Other than that. Being as near vegan as possible is going good.

    It’s slow going and will only lead to 100%. We’re all on a journey to de-program and remove all the propaganda that we were brainwashed with by meat and dairy companies, ill-educated “food gurus”, shill “food gurus”, dishonest “sport heroes” and bogus and shilling medical doctors on Television, on mainstream radio, in newspapers and other deceiving life distracting nonsenses.

    • Anne commented on September 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Hi Adrian, it sounds like you’re definitely on the right track! You’re right, eating out is generally trickier than cooking for yourself, but these days more and more restaurants are becoming aware of vegan diets and learning to cater to them, so it should only get easier and easier!

      Have you tried Pret a Manger’s Naked Avocado sandwich? It’s vegan (and delicious) and is great when you’re out and about.

      • Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

        Will the vegan died lead to putting on weight?Am finding a butter substitute difficult,have discovered Pure spread !

  • Niki Donoghue commented on September 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Have stuck to vegan diet, bought soya milk, the only thing I need to give up is chocolate! And find vegan, it is difficult because there are eggs and milk in so much like pasta! If anyone can suggest alternatives that would be great, have bought ‘the kind diet’ by Alicia Silverstone which is very helpful, got rid of all my leather and silk stuff, was hard because nice things but then I thought what do I love more clothes or animals, the latter choice was easy.

    After seeing the Paul McCartney video on slaughter houses the thought of eating animal products makes me physically ill, becoming vegan is very liberating, so glad I made the choice, the only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner

    • Anne commented on September 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Niki, it sounds like you’re doing great.

      There is plenty of vegan chocolate around, so there’s no need to choose between compassion and chocolate cravings πŸ™‚ If you like dark chocolate, lots of it is dairy-free anyway (just check the ingredients before you buy it). Most supermarkets also sell dairy-free chocolate as part of their free-from ranges, or check out brands such as Plamil (which you can find in Holland & Barrett).

      Thanks for choosing a lifestyle that’s kind to animals!

    • Claire Hamilton commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Oh me too, that video was the clincher for me. If ever I am tempted by the smell of bacon I just envisage those poor little piglets. Like you, I wish I had done this sooner!
      Oh, you don’t need to give up chocolate especially if you like dark chocolate, you can even make it yourself and I found a really yummy recipe for choc mousse made with avocados, it is to die for!!

    • Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Same for me,the video shocked me I to changing to veganism.
      Best thing I ever did.

  • Niki Donoghue commented on September 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hey Anne

    Thank you so much for this, to be fair I had a baby eight months ago, so shouldn’t be eating chocolate anyway, it’s good to have a network of support here, by the way if anyone needs animal friendly non leather bags and cosmetics, try Hillside Animal Farm Sanctury, I support them, they take in and rescue cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, every type of animal, and they have a beautiful selection of animal friendly no. Leather bags and purses. http://Www.hillside.com

    thanks Anne for your help, as being vegan quite new, tips like this from yourself are really helpful!

  • Janet commented on October 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I have been vegetarian for about 30 years but only this year decided that I could no longer justify dairy and eggs as cruelty IS involved especially in the dairy industry . It breaks my heart when I hear the Mother cows crying pitifully for her babies that have been snatched from them and , in the main , killed just so humans can steal the milk that nature intended for those beautiful babies. Those same babies are then killed for veal meat, gelatine and rennet as well as calf skin. No way can I EVER go back to eating anything made from milk after this experience (I live near a dairy farm ) and my pledge is now to be vegan for life.
    I do still hold an open mind about true free range eggs as a hen will lay eggs regardless of fertility as my own daughters hens do, but they are entirely free to roam wherever they like and eat whatever takes their fancy, and raise their chicks when the occasion gives rise. I personally do not eat eggs for health reasons . I have not found it at all difficult to abide by my pledge and am enjoying the new culinary challenge very much. I feel fantastic at 75 years old.

    • Dan commented on October 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Thanks for sharing Janet!

  • Sue Radlett commented on October 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m missing nothing. I have discovered cheezly which means I don’t miss cheese. I feel better in myself and no longer suffer from feeling bbloated. Going vegan was the best thing I’ve done. Joining my local vefan society helped as they introduced me to cheezly. πŸ™‚

  • Janet commented on October 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    There is a terrific site called Vegusto that sells all sorts of cheese substitutes and their mince is soooooooo delicious. It is a dedicated Vegan site. I also like to ring the changes with cheezly and Bute Island vegan cheeses.

  • Marion Bickerton commented on November 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hello, I have tried to go Vegan over 5 times now. All of them lasting a week to almost a month. I do find it hard, as I have Coeliac disease. The majority of foods I have found are gluten wheat based and are not suitable for me. Any advise would be much appreciated, as I’m still unsure what soy mince/ non cow milk and such would be okay. Thank you x

  • Lucy commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I found going vegan way to hard so i’m now attempting a veggie diet. it’s really difficult when eating at peoples houses as i don’t want to put anyone through the incovenience of making a separate dish just for me so there have been a few exceptions…

    One thing I have absolutely done without exception is to make much better informed choices when buying my non vegna goods at the supermarket; I’m now making sure that all the meat we buy (my boyfriend will never go veggie) is from high quality organic farms where the animals are free range and treated ethically. I’m also only buying products that guarantee the use of free range eggs. More informed choices mean I can enjoy all of my food without having to worry about the treatment of the animals that it came from which is a great feeling.

  • Simone commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Sadly I’ve not been 100% vegan. But 98% πŸ™‚
    I’m loving dairy-free milks, such as soya, hemp, rice or almond milk and almond milk. I can feel my body different, everything is working more than before. My skin is awesome!!!

    I need to give up is chocolate! I found vegan, but i didn’t like…
    Two question: Is Oreo vegan? and ‘may contain milk’ is suitable to vegan diet?

    • Simone commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      And I’m teaching 2 boys about to be vegetarian and vegan. Showing some videos… They are loving !!! Its a little seeds πŸ˜€

  • Claire Hamilton commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is definitely the best thing I ever did and only wish I had done it sooner. I became a vegetarian about two months ago with limited dairy, then I saw the Paul McCartney video and now I am (almost) completely vegan. I am still eating a few eggs that come from a local lady where the chickens just run amok and are not killed but otherwise I wont touch anything with eggs in.
    I have also been on a diet and being vegan makes it so easy as I am not tempted by all the ghastly stuff I used to eat. I do miss cheese and I cannot seem to find it where I live in South Africa but its possible the local deli may be able to order it in for me, just need to know the best one out here!
    Eating for me has suddenly become fun again and I am getting quite adventurous in my cooking oh and I feel FANTASTIC! Thanks PETA, if It wasn’t for you I would still be a fat carnivore!

  • Graziana Barsocchi commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi! I had to turn from vegetarian to vegan and it wasn’t at all difficult. Supermarkets in my home town are beginning to stock tofu and other vegetable based products that are absolutely delicious, so, with a little more time spent checking and double checking labels I have found good things to eat while following the programme! I have used a few eggs that come from a local farm where chickens are happy and the only meat I bought is for my dog, but then, it cannot be helped, I guess…
    So, as apparently habits form in 21 to 30 days, we shall all be able to easily carry on being vegan, healthier and compassionate. At the end of the day, even though we might have had to make small sacrifices, the thought that not one animal has suffered for our sustenance or pleasure is the best reward. Thank you PETA for having launched this initiative!!!!

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Hi Graziana,
      Glad to hear you’re finding plenty of tasty vegan foods to eat. Thanks for making the compassionate choice!

  • tracy seymour commented on November 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I have actually been a vegan for about 3 months, I have been vegetarian for 20 years. I do however have to admit that I eat eggs from my sisters free range pet hens, I feel this is acceptable to myself because these hens are loved and treated with kindness and always come for a cuddle! I feel they are happy to share their eggs with us! I find so many lovely things to eat (I thought I would miss cheese, but not now) that I have put on half a stone in weight too!

  • Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon commented on November 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hi there,

    I could not take myself to watch the video on slaughter-houses, I would just have been too upset as I just cannot bear to watch anything to do with animal cruelty, as animals have no voice at all, they are the silent sufferers in this great big planet of ours.

    I have no problem going without meat, in fact that thought of eating it repulses me, but I do love goat cheese and most of the goats here in Ireland are on small organic farms, so I don’t feel too guilty about that, but going vegan would be a very good and health lifestyle, after all we should not be eating the milk from another species.
    We have lots of health food shops and vegetarian choices here in the village where I live and a wonderful vegetarian restaurant called “The Happy Pear”.

    Beatrice from Co. Wicklow, Republic of Ireland.

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hi Beatrice, thanks for your comment. Giving up meat is a great first step, so well done!

      You’re right that going vegan is the best way to make sure you’re diet is completely cruelty-free (and it’s also great for your health). Sadly, even on organic goat farms, male kids are generally killed before reaching adulthood because they can’t produce milk πŸ™ Why not ask your local health food shop about their range of vegan cheeses – you might be surprised by how tasty they can be!

  • Maria Carreira commented on November 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Peta, it’s been two weeks now since I started my vegan adventure. I feel very well, less “full”. However this second week has been more difficult to me. And I slipped twice. I ate eggs one day and cheese onother. But I’m determinate to continue, and I’m hopping this eyar to have some vegan dishes at Christmas Eve. Until then, meal by meal I’ll make it.

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Hi Maria,

      You can do it! Slipping isn’t the end of the world, you’re trying and that’s great. Every step forward means more animals saved, which is great news for you and for animals everywhere.

      If you’re having trouble planning meals you can check out PETA’s Two Week Vegan Meal Plan for some easy inspiration (the Avocado Reuben is a favourite of ours): http://www.peta.org/living/food/two-week-vegan-meal-plan/

      Good luck with your vegan Christmas Eve feast!

      • Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 8:42 am

        I went vegan 2 weeks ago,my problem is egg substitute
        and weight gain.Is a vegan diet done to weight gain?
        I am loving the meals cooking everyday and my body feels clean.
        Love the blog.

  • Marilyn Byrne Graziano commented on November 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for your mail. With me you are preaching to the converted! I signed your pledge only for support. I haven’t eaten animal produce for years. I feel very healthy for the simple reason that i live an outdoor life. I wish you luck for all the work you do.

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

      That’s great to hear Marilyn – thanks for your support!

  • Rita Houghton commented on November 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I am vegetarian and have been so for 50years. Nothing would make me change my mind. The suffering of animal life is too horrendous to contemplate, just to eat meat. The majority of people are unaware or do not care how their food is brought to their plates. Education in schools about meat production should be part of the curriculum. Some children have no idea where steak comes from et cetera.

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Hi Rita,

      It’s fantastic to hear that you wouldn’t go back to eating meat, it does make a huge difference. Did you know that you can do even more for animals by going vegan – it’s also a great move for staying healthy, as eggs and dairy products are high in fat and cholesterol πŸ™‚

  • Diana commented on November 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Eating vegan is easy (mind you I’m only on day 15) and I didn’t think it would be easy because I love milk in tea, chocolate, eggs, mayonnaise…could go on. BUT I’m not missing them. My relationship with food has changed, and I’m not having irrestistable cravings. The difficulty for me now, is having visitors. I want to cater for them and find myself buying non-vegan stuff for them. I seek dinner party type vegan recipes. This would make me happy!

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Hi Diana,

      We’re really pleased to hear how well you’re getting on with your new compassionate diet πŸ™‚

      Catering for friends and family is a great way to showcase amazing cruelty free culinary delights. Check out the finalists of our vegan bake-off for some inspiration (http://blog.peta.org.uk/tag/bake-off/ ) – there are also tonnes of great vegan blogs out there e.g. http://thegourmetvegan.tumblr.com/

      Happy cooking!

  • Deborah C commented on November 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    HI I signed up for the 30 day pledge and it’s going great. I was halfway there before I signed up so I already felt quite healthy but it feels more of an achievement now to continue creating new, inspiring dishes..I have become more creative but also more relaxed about what to eat and when. The only thing I have slipped up on so far is cake hmmm :))

  • kris batty commented on November 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I took to it very easily a while ago now, mid-july. I don’t find it hard except amongst others at evenings out so I don’t push things. Easy does it. I’m horrified that I have got to my age without being vegan and am angry with myself but am practicing forgiveness on a daily basis. I have lost weight, 8 kgs!! and feel happier and less “dull and heavy” mood-wise. I’ve discovered vegetables and wonder how I got by before! Meat-eating is pure bone-idleness letting vegetarian animals process the e.a.a. we need but can also process like them by eating a range of vegs and grains. So much healthier for everybody! Particularly th non-human animals! OOOOFFFF

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Hi Kris,

      That’s fantastic you’re enjoying your new diet and finding health benefits too πŸ™‚

      Engaging people in conversation is a great way to start them thinking about why they make their choices – so when among friends, don’t be shy about sharing your reasons for choosing vegan!

  • Satyajeet commented on November 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Feeling myself more like a human being now. Its better being humane than to be just a human being.

    Thank you for helping me take this wonderful decision.

    • Anne commented on November 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Hi Satyajeet,

      You’re very welcome – thank you so much for making the best decision for animals πŸ™‚

  • Marilyn Byrne Graziano commented on December 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    If we love animals it’s easy not to eat them!!

  • Rozelle Cunningham commented on December 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I have actually been veggie 26 years and vegan 6 months now. I love all animals and would never consider them a food source. How could you its barbaric.<3

  • Stef Faloon commented on January 27, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I have been vegetarian for pretty much my entire life so the step to vegan was not that difficult really. I thought it would be much harder but I have found nothing so far that I have found difficult to give up, thou olives seem much less tasty without feta cheese. Two weeks into my vegan experiment and I feel absolutely brilliant, I have more energy, in general I feel more calm, alert and happy. I am aware that part of this is also that I am cooking from scratch and cutting out the crap in processed foods, also I can’t fall into the trap of crisps, chocolate and my worst enemy pizza. I was talking to a lady in the Whole Foods shop the other day who made the transition between veggie and vegan a while ago but she warned me that I may start to feel weak bones due to a lack of calcium. I guess if I keep up with the effort of cooking and adding new things to my diet (agave and miso paste where the last two weeks) then I should manage to avoid this issue…

    I am travelling next week thou, so I am a little nervous about that as I will be staying in people’s homes and will need food for travel and eating out may start to create problems socially and practically. But I am preparing myself for that as much as I can.

    One thing I am still trying to get my head around is honey… I am not eating it, I have never really ate it as I’m not that fond of it, but I am curious as to the harm that honey harvesting really does to bees? The bee population is in trouble in the UK so is there not a benefit in keeping hives alive and active? Please excuse my ignorance.

  • Samantha commented on February 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I have been vegan for 2 weeks now and I am really enjoying this way of living, I wasn’t a very big meat eater anyway so I knew cutting that out wouldn’t be a problem but was really worried about the cheese because it was my favourite food. I tried a soya cheese alternative last week and I can honestly say I prefer the taste of that to normal cheese although saying that it taste very similar to regualr cheese anyway so its perfect for me, I used it to make a home made vegetable pizza and on cheese and tomato on toast. I have noticed my skin is so much clearer and I have lost weight too which is excellent. Another vgood thing is that a vegan shop has just opened by were I live, couldn’t of asked for better timing really and it sells all kinds of staples plus toiletries and frozen and fresh food and treat foods such as vegan chocolate. They also have a fresh cake counter so you can buy a slice of fresh home made vegan cake. I had a slice of tge peanut butter cake and it was delicious. I don’t want to live any other way now so I will be keeping to this way of life for good.

    • Anne commented on February 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Hey Samantha, delighted (but not surprised!) that you’re having such a positive experience – and a little bit jealous about the vegan peanut butter cake πŸ™‚

  • Shellee Moon commented on February 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    My family and I went Vegan 2 weeks ago and it has completely changed our lives! In just 2 weeks (with the help of PETA and with the help of movies like “Earthlings” & “Vegucated”) my husband has even enrolled in a vegan culinary school, and plans on opening a vegan restaurant. Most of all, I am over the moon to be cruelty free, and to know that we are doing our part to show compassion to animals and to the planet. Here’s to changing the world! Nameste

    • Anne commented on February 24, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hi Shellee – thank you so much for choosing a compassionate diet and making such a positive step for animals and the environment πŸ™‚

  • Stuart Greig commented on February 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I have been Vegan now for a month and pledged 14 days ago on this site to do 30 days as had forgot to pledge at the start. Am loving the food options, feeling better and getting used to planning meals. The price if my shopping has gone down as I no longer fill my trolley with packs of processed meats and junk I can snack out on.

    Really starting to find my way and finding large supermarkets supply lots of Vegan stuff.


    • Anne commented on February 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

      That’s great to hear, Stuart. A lot of people don’t realise how much affordable vegan stuff you can find in supermarkets these days, but it sounds like you’ve got it figured out!

  • Hayley commented on March 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Day 15 and feeling amazing! I decided after many years of debating with myself about becoming vegetarian to just cut the crap and go vegan after watching your ‘meat your meat’ video. Cried the whole way through it. Any I’m actually finding it quite easy, there are so many alturnatives to have and I have actually been getting my five a day, veg and fruit!! Smoothie everyday for breakfast, a tofu and cheezly bagel for lunch and rice pasta/rice and sauce or stir fry for tea. My parents are really supportive which is amazing even though they do make fun of me every now and again. I know I’m getting everything I need (I went and talked to a lovely woman in the local health store and she advised me on what I was lacking (mainly b12 which you can get from sea weed and alge, I got it powder form and have it in my smoothie so I can’t taste it). Anyway so far so good and I’m glad I made the change. I’m excited to be vegan for the rest of my life&extremely pleasednto be able to say animals don’t have to suffer for me to live! Good Luck to everyone else who has taken the pledge:)

    • Anne commented on March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Awesome, congratulations Hayley, really pleased to hear you’re enjoying your new vegan diet so much πŸ™‚

  • Jenny-Ly Ervin commented on March 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I’m 80% raw vegan. I’m high raw and try to live according to the 80/10/10 diet. I feel this is the best diet for my body. Sometimes I make raw gourmet food, e.g. raw cakes, but I feel that simplicity really is the key to health. Whole fruits and greens!

    I am 42 yrs old im over weight . And turn to raw food diet to help me but since then I have been learning about juicing .I have noticed my skin is so much clearer and I have lost weight too which is excellent.

  • Emma commented on March 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Day 15 of becoming vegan, and I feel great. I’d been a vegetarian since I was 19 (now 38) but started to eat fish again a few years ago. I’m not missing anything yet, I’ve lost 7 lb and i’m sleeping better and have tons of energy πŸ™‚

    • Anne commented on March 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      That’s great to hear, Emma. The first few weeks of changing diet are often the hardest, so it should start to get even better from here!

  • Shellee Moon commented on March 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Over a month Vegan and NEVER going back!!! My family and I feel amazing and knowing we are not contributing in any way to the suffering of any animal is the BEST feeling ever!! Thank you PETA!

    • Anne commented on March 12, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Thank YOU Shellee! You’ve made a great decision πŸ™‚

  • melegueta mattay commented on March 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    No trouble at all, wish I’d done it sooner. Shall never eat animal products again as I’m filled with the ardor of a zealot. No longer feel responsible for the suffering of all these creatures – Will Tuttle turned me totally to vegan. It’s easy at home, out is a bit tricky but can be managed. don’t miss anything!

  • Lisa commented on March 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    15 days into vegan pledge although I have been vegan over a month now. It has been really easy. The recipes on this site have been really useful. I cannot justify eating meat when there is plenty of delicious alternatives about. I love animals, especially my beautiful dog Molly. X

  • Ciara commented on March 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Loving being vegan. Started a week before lent and I’ve never eaten as well in my whole life. It can be awkward eating out as my other half is a major meat eater with no wiggle room for going to veggie restaurants , but I find if I ring ahead to whatever place we’re going to they will usually accommodate me (but the food I make at home is often nicer). Best of luck to all the beginners out there. X

  • C commented on March 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed being vegan for the last month. I never thought I would like soya as much as cow milk, however the other day I had a sip of a friends coffee by accident and I winced! I can’t imagine having dairy in my diet now! In London, there are loads of great vegan cafes/resaraunts, just google them before you want to go out to eat. Some days i do frel tired though, any thoughts on what my diet i missing and how i can replace it? Thanks!

    • Dan commented on March 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Hey C,
      Maybe some other vegans will chime in with tips, but personally I feel like I have more energy as a vegan! A vegan friend of mine who eats a lot of junk food speaks highly of liquid iron supplements for energy, maybe that could help? If it is a major concern, you should chat to your GP or ask a nutritionist about meal plans. πŸ™‚

  • Stacie-Anne commented on March 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Ok, so here goes. I have wanted to become Vegan for a long time but I genuinely thought it would be very difficult for me as I am not an organised person by definition, however, I have taken to it all very easily. It has been made pretty easy for me as I am able to pick up a few vegan bits from the shop on my way home. They have a good range of milk alternatives and soya yoghurt too.
    I have had to plan my lunches and bring things into work this has actually worked greatly in my favour in terms of healthy and finances.
    There has been a couple of times I have found this tricky, when out in the country, stopping somewhere for tea and cake. Nowhere had soya milk (I now have a little flask I take with me) but cake is a no no, which did break my heart! I am going to have a vegan baking session this weekend though.
    All in all I am feeling SO much better in myself. For the last few days I have been starting my day with a Green Monster Soothie, which is a really wonderful way to get in loads of amazing green veg!
    All in all I am very pleased I decided to start the 30 day trial. I am pretty sure I am going to keep this up, I have never felt better πŸ™‚

    • Anne commented on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Hi Stacie- Anne,
      Thanks for sharing your experience, it sounds like it’s going great! Most people find that once they’ve established vegan habits, such as planning ahead, they become second nature. When you’re out and about, I find it’s always worth asking cafes and restaurants about whether they offer soya milk, vegan cakes etc. Even if they don’t offer these vegan options right now, if they get enough questions they’re likely to consider doing so in the future!

    • Lucy commented on May 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hi Stacie-Anne

      Did you ever master vegan cake? I really want to perfect making vegan cupcakes. Any tips would be great x

  • Tatiana commented on March 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’ve switched from vegetarianism to being vegan exactly two weeks ago and it was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Now,I know I am fully
    cruelty-free.I feel so happy I chose to try 30 day Vegan pledge.I’m 16 and my parents are still against me being vegan,but I’m not going to try to convince them to anything…I’m just going to do my thing…There’s nothing wrong with doing your best for animals and preventing them from suffering.
    Even though it’s just 30 days , I deeply feel like I will stay Vegan forever.
    Once you know about suffering and the pain that animals go through just for us to have meat or diary …it’s just unbelievable and I don’t want to be a part of it.
    In conclusion I am Vegan now and probably for the rest of my existence…
    Try it you will definitely not regret it. VEGAN FOR LIFE!!! <3

    • Anne commented on April 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Tatiana,
      It’s wonderful to read baoutyour enthusiasm for going vegan. Once they see how much you are benefiting from a plant-based diet, your parents may become more open to the idea πŸ™‚ Thank you for your compassion!

  • Lucy commented on May 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

    15 days in and I feel AMAZING! After being vegetarian for 6 years I finally decided to go vegan and I must say it has been just as easy giving up meat.

    I have been eating the most delicious foods, plenty of veggies, beans, and making my own tasty sauces to go with my wholewheat pasta and spaghetti.

    On Saturday night I made ”duck rolls” from Vegi Deli duck pieces, rice wraps, chopped cucumber and spring onions with plum sauce, followed by Swedish Glace Raspberry Ice Cream. I couldn’t believe that you can eat so well without any animal products.

    I can still eat out. Pizza Express now have a vegan pizza, and Wagamamma list all of their dairy free items in a special menu, just ask for it. Easy peasy.

    I am also going for afternoon tea next month which I thought was going to be a problem, but after emailing the hotel in advance they have arranged to make me a dairy free version! Many places now cater to vegans, some just need a bit of notice and they are happy to cater to your needs.

    My skin also looks great! I suffer from adult acne and I cannot believe how it has pretty much cleared up completely.

    My next challenge is mastering the perfect dairy free pizza and dairy free cupcakes.

    I am so glad I have said goodbye to dairy!

  • Sarah-jane Micklefield commented on July 5, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I used to be Vegatarian up until 2001 when I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic and put on Pig derived Insulin, because of high blood sugar readings.
    I was told by not just my doctor, but also the diabetic clinic at the health centre that I could no longer npt eat animals AND be diabetic! I argued against this had to admit defeat after bringing my blood sugars down to a manageable daily reading I continued to feel extremely ill – Severely tired and anaemic all the time.
    Indeed I felt as though I had concrete in my pockets! Despite taking a good Vegan Multi vitamin and mineral complex and being injected with B12 and iron and eating the diet as adviced by the `Health specialists’ I was seeing!.
    To cut a long and painful story short, here I am again at your Gates so to speak.
    Wanting to be Vegan and being told I cannot be. I discovered after a lot of invasive and often humilitating tests …
    That I am not only Type 2 Diabetic, but I am also Coeliac! and have also been diagnosed with an Under Active Thyroid, Fibromyalgia and Hyper mobile joints!
    I am in a lot of pain with the Fibromyalgia (FMS) and the Hypermobility (HMS).
    My GP subjected me to a very loud and embarrassing talking down to when I told her I couldn’t eat Animal products anymore and it was making me feel very sick. She made me feel about an inch high in front of a full surgery waiting room and I left in tears with her words ringing in my ears that I will be even sicker if I don’t eat meat and dairy and how can I be so stupid?!
    So here I am. 4.44 am sat up in bed having been wide awake all night because I cannot take the pain meds she is insisting I take because they are capsules made from gelatine which is boiled bones of animals!.
    I cannot and will not eat anymore animal products. I must prove to not only my Gp but also the other health specialists that it is better for me to be vegan now.
    Please help me. I don’t want to die, which is what my doctor said will happen if I become vegan. She says I cannot be a Vegan Coeliac – Diabetic . Please help me prove I can be ASAP because I cannot stomach eating any more animals. The way they are treated sickens me to my very core.
    I read on Facebook that you are giving out Free Packs for people wanting to be Vegan. Please advice me how I can get mine?.
    I look forward to hearing from you, hopefully very soon, Thank you for reading.
    Yours Sincerely, Sarah-jane Micklefield (nee Stocks)

  • Lewis Hudson commented on July 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm
  • Elizabeth commented on August 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I was introduced to the vegan lifestyle by my inspirational sister. After spending a long time trying to persuading my parents to allow me to go vegan from veggie (because I’m only 15), I finally won them over and I’m loving everything about it.

    I’ve now been vegan for a month and feel spectacular. (I know, it’s only been a month. But if I feel this differnt after just four weeks, think what a year could change!) It’s as if I’m running on the right clean and wholesome energy for the first time. PETA has helped show me the cruelty hidden from us all, and for that a big thank you! It’s easy for people who haven’t a clue what is going on to eat meat, but knowing and understanding opens your eyes and the rewards from chaning your way of life are outstanding and so worth it.

    Although my parents have allowed me to be vegan they’re not totally onboard and they don’t believe I can be totally healthy. However, everyday I think they seem to be a little more accepting and I hope one day they will fully understand.

    I’m learning to be more creative in the kitchen with making lots of differnt recipies for myself and others. Trying new foods in the supermarkets and I’ve recently found a huge love for tofu. (Also, I bought some ‘Alpro- Soy Chocolate Flavour’ milk alternative an evening treat which is delicious and I highly reccomend it!!)

    There isn’t one thing that could make me go back to eating or wearing animals, for their benifit and my health.

    Thanks again PETA for enlightening us all, and I wish eveyone the best of luck in their vegan endeavours!

    • Anne commented on August 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thanks for sharing your experience, it sounds like you’re doing great! Once they see how serious you are about a cruelty-free diet, and how healthy it can be, I’m sure they will come round. Good luck!

  • Sawlon Rijal commented on October 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I am a vegetarian since 9 months. But what is the problem drinking milk, ghee etc??

    • Dan commented on October 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Sawlon,
      The dairy industry is cruel to animals. Treated as milk-producing machines, dairy cows are genetically manipulated and regularly dosed with antibiotics and hormones. The strain of continual pregnancy exhausts cows and often leaves them lame. When they are worn out and can no longer produce such high volumes of milk, they are sent to the abattoir and killed.

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  • Anne Rutter commented on November 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I have been a vegetarian for many years and after watching a DVD by Gary Yourofsky “Go Vegan” I am now a committed Vegan. If Sawlon Rijal need convincing about the cruel way cows are treated I would recommend he get’s a copy of the disc. You will find him on the web.

  • Anne Rutter commented on November 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    You asked how I feel having changed from a Vegetarian to a Vegan diet. The first thing that springs to mind is – good -that I am no longer consuming dairy products that cause so much suffering to cows and have to say I am enjoying the Soya milk.
    I have bought several Vegan Cook books and am enjoying the Alpro products.
    I have not found it difficult at all as I really have got a mind set which I feel is essential. Health wise I feel better for cutting dairy out of my diet….no more indigestion!

  • Charlene commented on December 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Two weeks in on the 30 day Vegan challenge and I know I will never look back. I feel fantastic and look forward to further reaping the health benefits of a cruelty free diet. I have taken the time to educate myself further on the meat, egg and dairy producing industries with the help of such documentaries as ‘Earthlings’ (available to watch for free on YouTube) and am resolute that I will never again participate in the torture and murder of any other living being.

    The small amount of additional planning and reading of food labels is a minute inconvenience while transitioning to a vegan diet; and to my surprise I am genuinely enjoying the discovery of new (to me) and cruelty free foods such as Tempeh and Soy milk. I look forward to learning more and growing in my experience on this journey.

  • Saurish Sarkar commented on January 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

    What are the substitutes of milk and egg as the supplement of calcium ?

    • Gillian commented on January 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Collard greens, kale, broccoli, okra, oranges, pak choi and almonds are all good sources of calcium x

  • julie commented on January 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I feel great, and most of all, less guilty. I love animals. I still don’t know if it is really necessary to take an extra supplement of vitamib B12?? could you help me with that? Thanks!!

    • Anne commented on January 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Julie, great to hear you’re enjoying being vegan πŸ™‚

      B12 is an essential vitamin that once occurred naturally on the surfaces of potatoes, beets, and other root vegetables, but the move away from natural fertilizers has caused it to disappear from our soil. Not everyone’s body or nutritional needs are the same, but nutritionists often recommend that vegans take a commercially available multivitamin or vitamin B12 supplement or eat foods that are fortified with vitamin B12, such as many breakfast cereals, fortified orange juice or soy milk, or nutritional yeast. Hope that helps!

  • Jodie commented on January 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I have been a vegetarian for nearly 17 years, but until recently I had never been aware of the cruelty of the dairy industry. I rather naively assumed that cows naturally produced milk for our consumption and that as long as I was refraining from eating meat I was abstaining from any part in animal exploitation and cruelty. How deeply wrong I was! Besides the fact that cows live a miserable existence of pregnancy, pain and eventual slaughter, from a health perspective it has been highlighted to me that dairy is not a particularly healthy option. We are the only species to drink another species milk and to stink milk past infancy! It has become a way of life to consume high levels of dairy. As human beings we think nothing of it, but when you take a step back and evaluate this with fresh eyes, cow milk is not designed for us! I will admit that the first week was hard going! I am a chocoholic and didn’t quite realise how much I consume! But after discovering koko milk and dairy free chocolate, I feel pretty content with my alternative diet. Friends and family have shown concern, mainly with questions like ‘what do you have left to eat?’ But this is down to being misinformed. I am eating more fruit and vegetables, experimenting with new things and similar realising there are some favourites that are still vegan friendly, such as the faithful beans on toast and beloved chips! A friend once said to me on my vegetarianism, why bother! You alone can’t change the world! My answer is, I can’t change the world, but I can change MY world and in turn if that reduces the animals slaughtered or mistreated by even one creature per year, then I have changed that animals world too! I am embracing the power of plants from now on!

  • Justine commented on January 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I had been a vegetarian for years, and taken steps towards being vegan for the past months. It had always been a political, ethical and environmental choice to drop first meat and fish, then leather, fur, wool, silk, and then non-vegan cosmetics and house products. I stopped buying dairy milk, yogurt and cream, as well as eggs and honey last year.
    The big step was cheese, which I took on the 1st of Jan and three weeks after stopping cheese, I feel really good about this decision. I don’t feel cravings as much as I expected too, even if my partner still has the occasional cheesy snack. I’m happy to replace it with delicious home-made or store-bought vegan cheeses, or other types of snacks like hummus or avocado.

    Our no-wheat/no-meat/no-dairy diet startles our friends and family, it seems that to their view point, when you take those three things away, there is no food left. But at the same time, my colleagues are always envious of my colourful and carefully prepared lunchboxes, and my Instagram food-related posts are very successful, so I must be doing something right. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks a bunch for the support that Peta and Veganuary provides.

  • Elisabeth Tapsfield commented on January 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    The first week was quite successful and I hardly ate any dairy(I am already vegetarian) but its got gradually worse and now Ive had to reduce it to only one day vegan per week as its really getting me down. I dont think I am mentally stable enough to be completely vegan yet as I suffer mental health problems and have had an eating disorder in the past. I think its really difficult to be vegan and dont agree with you that its easy and my friends and family agree with me that its very hard. I will persevere with it as I am a relgious person and feel my God telling me to go vegan to make up for my sinful past and I do really want to help animals as well. On a more positive note I always have soya milk in coffee and tea when I go to the coffee shop every day now and always use vegan margarine so its not too bad. Eating out is the hardest thing, I went out for my anniversary for a meal and cried it was so miserable being vegan (though I realise it was nothing to what the poor animals suffer). Could you tell me how to replace calcium as Ive noticed a deterioration in the health of my teeth and nails since I tried to cut out dairy, I notice someone else also asked this question and I think its important. Yes, I have made changes for the better towards veganism but am not completely there yet.

    • Dan commented on January 27, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Sorry to hear about the struggles finding vegan food at restaurants. Check out our guide: http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/09/menu-vegan-options-chain-restaurants/

      Calcium is plentiful in the plant world. Good sources of calcium include some dark-green leafy vegetables (such as broccoli, collard greens, and kale), almonds, sesame tahini, calcium-fortified soy or rice milk, some brands of tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice. By choosing these foods instead of dairy products, you can avoid the health risks associated with cow’s milkβ€”the Harvard School of Public Health says that dairy consumption is linked to high rates of obesity and ovarian and prostate cancers. Harvard also reports that there is a lack of evidence for a link between the consumption of dairy products and the prevention of osteoporosisβ€”Harvard even cites studies showing that heavy dairy consumption appears to cause bone loss!

      • elisabeth commented on July 13, 2015 at 12:03 am

        Hi Dan. Thanks for your help re dairy alternatives. Ive just read it and will take it on board. My veganism is improving, tonight I had strawberries with sugar and coconut cream and the other day made a vegan trifel with spray vegan cream topping from a specialsit vegan shop in London. Both fine! I think the problem is most people are too stressed etc to cope with the strain of being vegan and it needs to be made a lot easier., as people are only human and will just grab any tasty looking food really. Good day today as I found out my fave coffee shop pret a manger has vegan bagels so am gonna start having those instead of butter pastries with my coffee and soya milk.

        Best Wishes, WE CAN do this for the animals!

  • Gill commented on January 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, I’m really enjoying my vegan diet and just wonder why it’s taken me so long to do it. I’ve wanted to give up meat for a long long time but always put off thinking that it would be too difficult/awkward/hard to keep diet balanced but the feeling that eating meat was wrong became so overwhelming, and the evidence so harrowing, that I had to do it and it’s been much easier than I expected.
    I haven’t missed anything, it’s mainly just changing habits and reading labels carefully. I’ve got a great vegan cookbook with another on order and I look recipes up online, there’s loads of them on there and lots of advice and encouragement too. I could do with a good general book about being vegan and living a vegan lifestyle because I didn’t realise that glycerin could be a meat by-product (I thought it was a by-product of the oil industry!).
    I’ve always loved vegetables but this has made me look at different ways of preparing them and I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of being in the kitchen preparing lovely food knowing that it hasn’t caused suffering to a fellow creature.
    Aside from feeling much happier that I am not now contributing to the suffering of animals, I feel healthier, my skin is clearer, I’m much more awake in the mornings and I’m sure that will improve further. Eating out is still difficult but I’ve found that, if I ask, they are mostly happy to prepare something suitable.
    One thing I think would be useful (it might be out there but I’ve been unable to find it) is a 7 day meal plan. This would help while you are adjusting and reading up on the vegan lifestyle.


    • Dan commented on January 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, it is so great to hear how well you are doing! There’s lots of meal plans online, but we’ll thinking about publishing one too. But, seeing how a vegan diet can be so diverse, and everyone has different tastes, it will be hard to find a meal plan that fits everyone!

  • charlotte commented on March 28, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Hey, I have been vege for years but going vegan has been awesome, no ibs flare ups, feeling energetic and glowing. Will stay vegan from now on πŸ™‚

  • terry commented on May 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I am really enjoying doing the vegan challenge having been vegetarian for nearly 30 years. I have definitely noticed some health benefits. It is more time consuming than my normal diet but I remember constantly checking everything when I became vegetarian so it feels familiar to be doing it again. My whole family is eating much better and although not all are likely to remain vegan after the challenge it has definitely changed our diets for the better.

  • Samantha Taylor commented on May 24, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Even though I find being a vegan rather easy considering animal cruelty (or the prevention of) is a major part of my life, its not so east when society especially ones who are in your life everyday fail to recognise the cruelty and evilness that even a glass of milk contains. I therefore wish that all of mankind respect natue and the animal kingdom because if they wernt here then neither would you.

  • Belinda Seagreen-Bell commented on June 1, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I have loved my first 3 weeks of being vegan. I feel lighter of heart and happier about my plate of food than I have in years! Wish I had made this change years ago. Thank you for your support and information. I have learnt so much. (I’m even planning a vegan place of work … watch this space πŸ˜€ )
    Thanks again

    • Anne commented on June 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear Belinda, really glad it’s going well πŸ™‚

  • Ana Guerrero commented on June 5, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I thank y’all for encouraging me and other people, to be part of vegetables eating! On my experience I feel great to become meat less!

  • Laura commented on June 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Having been vegetarian for 10 years I used to joke that being vegan was ‘just being fussy’. Now I realise that I was being plain ignorant. I never appreciated the true horror of the dairy industry or the way chickens are treated in order to gain their eggs. ‘Free range’ does not exist in the way that most people think it does. I took the vegan pledge 20 days ago. I vow to keep it for the rest of my life.

  • Jake commented on June 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I have been vegetarian for over 20 years. My meat-eating wife agreed to raise our children as vegetarians and she cut down on meat. At her suggestion, based on her passion as a breast-feeding mother, we tried going vegan for June.
    I have found it much easier than I thought. We have been to friends’ for dinner, and where they would normally cook vegetarian for us, they realised that so many vegetarian meals are also vegan: it made the term “vegan” less daunting when thinking how much there is to eat!
    Admittedly I haven’t been doing the daily meals, so have found it a doddle eating vegan Buddha bowls and all kinds of other gorgeous food. Our fridge and cupboards look so healthy too – and it has made me think about other things, namely alcohol, I consume, and generally wanting to eat a healthier diet, contributing to a very healthy month.
    Planning is essential, especially when going out, as finding vegan options isn’t as easy as vegetarian, but it certainly has made me realise that being vegan isn’t a deficit model – for me it is all about putting wonderful, fresh, cruelty-free things into my body and feeling great physically and emotionally!

  • Maggie commented on July 6, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    The 30 day challenge was just the push I needed to go from being vegetarian to being vegan. I have never had so much energy and I’m feeling really healthy. I am finding new products all the time and am lucky in having some vegan friends to ask for advice, products and recipe ideas. Not even missing my cheese fix anymore πŸ™‚

  • Fern commented on July 6, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Okay so it’s going pretty great! I really feel this is the best decision I’ve ever made. I am finding it pretty easy main meal wise, however it’s snacks that are the struggle. I also have a gluten intolerance, so I started eating normal bread as that was animal product free but it upset my stomach, so I’m not sure what to do? All of the gluten free breads have eggs in them, can you guys recommend me anything? I am an athlete and find bread is something I need for fueling me. Don’t get me wrong I seem to be thriving on the veggies, legumes etc, but yeah this bread is the tricky one. I don’t want to eat it for the egg in it, but for my gluten intolerance? I just don’t know what to do.
    Other than this little problem it is going awesome!! I feel it is the most purposeful thing I’ve ever done.
    Fern x

    • Anne commented on July 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Fern,
      Glad to hear you’re enjoying the vegan lifestyle πŸ™‚
      Regarding the bread, it’s true that-free vegan bread may be a little tricky to track down. Depending on the type of intolerance you have, some people find rye bread easier to digest than wheat bread. However,if that doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of recipes online for making your own vegan gluten-free bread such as this one: http://www.forkandbeans.com/2014/01/01/gluten-free-vegan-bread/. For convenience, you could also try snacking on rice cakes and corn cakes instead of bread. Hope that helps!

  • Lauren commented on July 17, 2015 at 4:24 am

    I have been vegetarian for about 3 years now, i watched a few confronting documentaries on the meat industry which has made me go vegan! i really want to share this information to people that haven’t already watched it. it will change your life. more people need to be aware of the health risks involved in eating meat, and its also killing the planet!


    I really recommend watching these videos

  • Nayelli commented on August 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve been almost Vegan for 4 months now, but I have to eat salmon sometimes, I started loosing a LOT of weight, even with a lot of grains, hempseed, rice, tortillas… But I’m doing my best!!
    No dairy and no other animal products!

  • Elisabeth Tapsfield commented on August 14, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Please will some people stop making out veganism is so easy-it isnt – be honest- its really tough if youre a foodie like me brought up on a meat rich diet. Im always looking at ways to make it less difficult and am currently campaigning for quorn to go vegan. Also today in starbucks who have hardly any vegan food options I had a nice packet of jelly “sweeties” with my soya coffee and they were vegan.

    • Nayelli commented on August 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Hi!! it`s hard!! specially on social events!!! you have to be the weirdo that does`t eat meat or dairy… for its been easy, that here at my hometown are 3 DELICIOUS Vegan restaurants, so every time I get a craving I go there, for desserts, mokas….

      good luck πŸ™‚

  • linda commented on August 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hi. I have always been a vegetarian. I adore philly cheese but over the last two weeks since becoming vegan i have switched to humous. I usually take milk in coffee now i have changed to coconut milk. Milk choc has become dark choc. I wouldn’t say i’m totally there yet but i plan to be. At present i am about 90% vegan. Its much better than i thought and Aldi of all places has loads of vegan salads.

    • Dan commented on August 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      That’s great to hear Linda!

      Have you tried Tesco’s own brand spreadable vegan cheese? http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=271881699 It is great.

      • Linda commented on August 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        Thankyou Dan, I’m sorry to say I don’t do that particular shop. Where I live in St helens they did a serious land grab a few years ago and it brought home to me just how aggressive this company is. They landlocked loads of countryside and covered it in conrete so rival supermarkets couldn;t build next to it. Just when the ladybird season started. We tried to stop them but they just didn’t care. I can’t bear the thought of all those lovely little insects all buried by the million under that atrocious place. All for the sake of waiting one week!!!! I will never forgive them.

  • Jen Boam commented on August 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I meant to go vegan gradually. I was already vegetarian. But it just seemed simpler to go for it! I actually enjoy meals better now, because I make more effort with variety and seasonings. I can’t say I miss any food particularly, though I haven’t worked out which biscuits and snacks are vegan friendly yet. Eating out is fine, too. My town has restaurants that always have something suitable for vegans. I do find eating at friends’ houses a bit difficult, at present I just say I’ll bring my main course and dessert along with me!

  • Linda Zilinski commented on August 27, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hi. Eating out has been a lot easier than i thought. I went for a meal last week at Weatherspoons. They have several vegan dishes. I’m actually finding become a vegan so incredibly easy (and healthier) i don’t know why I never did it years ago.

    • Dan commented on August 28, 2015 at 11:39 am

      That’s awesome to hear! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel commented on September 1, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I really love PeTA because I was shocked how our animals are still being treated despite our wonderful internet to educate the government to change these inhumane ways..your information has encouraged me not to eat meat anymore, drink only black tea and coffee, no more milk shakes and ice cream, cheese cakes but I still enjoy my feta cheese and I have cut my consumption of eggs to just two a week. I have alter the whole family meals and so far none of my kids have not said they are missing meat. The change over from heavy meat eating and guzzling milk was so much easier than I thought. I have lost some weight because the new way of eating is so much healthier. It feels good knowing that we have saved quite a few animals so far and we are amazed how many we will save over the coming year and the next five years, wow, lots of animals will be saved.we also pledge that when we have people round to stay they to will be follow our meat free meals and also when we do parties there will beer no more ham etc put on the buffet table.we will tell our friends why and tell them about you. It feels really good that we are part of your change for the better after all, the animals can not speak up and defend themselves.Hope this group gets bigger and bigger to make our world a better world for the animals. Stand up and speak up for the animals before there are no animals standing because a world without sounds of animals and their cute faces would be devastating.

  • Cat commented on September 8, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Hey, I am on day 18 of the 30 day Vegan Pledge and want to share my story.
    I had been pescitarian for 2 yrs after a revelation after one of my beautiful guinea pigs died, and it just hit me that animals have the same spirit source as us humans. So why veganism? Well firstly I got grossed out by a strange globular opaque egg, and I felt suddenly sickened by the thought of eating an egg! Strange as I always adored eggs. This then triggered a thought about trying veganism to see how my body responded with no dairy after suffering with asthma/ skin complaints for years, as I had heard a vegan diet can help with allergies. It could be the solution!
    Well, how has it been? I have found veganism surprisingly easy! I have discovered how to be more creative cooking (made some amazing soups!), and my friends and family have made efforts to cook vegan for me too. On this point, I was so afraid I would get lots of scorning comments and ‘it’s unhealthy’ comments, but people have been really supportive.
    Health wise, I initially lost a couple of pounds, my tongue looks pinker and no thick white film at the back, and noticed my arm skin clear up, and rosacea virtually disappear. I have felt a bit light headed occasionally and started taking a multivitamin and B12 and that seems to have sorted that out, but I do worry that I might not be getting all the amino acids that are not whole in one plant source, so I need to get a bit wiser to how to plan meals to ensure I get enough nutrients. Also, I suffered from ‘hunger rage’ before the vegan pledge, but no longer experience this.
    My only complaint is the extra gas and bloating from all the lovely veg and pulses I have been eating! I do miss icecream most, but the animal welfare is more important than my cravings.
    My eyes are now wide open and I can no longer deny the fact that veganism is possible (even being allergic to soya!).
    Thanks for the support, Peta πŸ™‚

    • Anne commented on September 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Cat,
      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, and glad to hear you’re seeing the benefits of vegan eating already πŸ™‚

      It can take your body a few weeks to adjust to any new diet, and many people find that, digestion-wise, things ‘calm down’ a little after you’ve been vegan for a month or so! If you’re missing ice cream, check out all of these vegan ice creams – many of them are free from soya too: http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/the-top-vegan-ice-creams/

  • Katie Halley commented on September 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I’m on day 15 of my pledge and I’ve been finding it all surprisingly easy – in fact it’s everyone else that seems to be having more trouble getting their heads around it!
    I haven’t missed meat at all and I was previously following a high protein, bodybuilding diet.
    I feel really “well”, my skin is clearer and my nails won’t stop growing!

    • Anne commented on September 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

      That’s great to hear, Katie! Thanks for sharing your experience πŸ™‚

  • Colleen Turner commented on September 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I have been Vegan for about a month and I feel so much healthier and happier in myself. I feel great that i am not contributing to animal cruelty but don’t get me wrong because in the beginning it was hard. I am the only one out of my friends and family that is a vegan so when they all go out for meals to certain places I find it hard to choose vegan options. But I feel healthier and have been sticking to it religiously. After watching documentaries I can’t condone eating meat or dairy or anything to do with animal cruelty and I am so happy I made this choice. I used to be so ignorant about veganism but I am definitely glad I decided to educate myself!

    • Anne commented on September 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Hi Colleen,

      Thank you for sharing your experience, very glad to hear that a vegan diet is suiting you πŸ™‚ Most people find that it gets easier and easier, as you start to educate the people around you, figure out where are the best places to find vegan food etc. As for eating out, check out this guide to vegan options at many of the UK’s chain restaurants: http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/menu-vegan-options-chain-restaurants/

  • Liz Tapsfield commented on October 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I think all these people who say its easy to be vegan must be either a bit super-human or a lot younger than me. Im 54 and have been mainly vegetarian since age 25 but am now trying to be vegan. I find vegetarianism hard but veganism is really tough for me and Im afraid I think you will find the majority of the population would agree with me. I dont think it helps to say its easy-it isnt. Most people especially older people like me were brought up on a comforting meat and dairy-rich diet and its really hard to change. I feel we should stop kidding people its easy and try and make it as less difficult as possible to be vegan eg campaigning for Quorn products to go vegan by removing egg and other ways to help the average person. Im sorry but meat and dairy are delicious and normal people just cant cope with giving them up so we must come down to their level and help make it easier.

    • Anne commented on October 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Liz,
      I’m sorry to hear you’re finding the transition to vegan difficult. Really hope you manage to keep it up – it does get easier and easier as you learn more about what to eat and your body adjusts to the new way of eating. Also, you’ll be pleased to know that vegan Quorn should be hitting the shops very soon! http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/quorn-launches-vegan-line/

  • Liz Tapsfield commented on October 1, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Oh sorry, I just realised I posted a similar post to that one already. Well I feel for me its rather a deep question of how much Im prepared to suffer to save animals who are suffering a thousand times worse but as I have a chronic mental health problem which being vegan seems to be making worse (its the mental strain of denying myself all the delicious dairy foods not dietary deficiency) its a hard choice. I dont think I can be completely vegan yet but will instead do more campaigning work for animal rights eg what I said about quorn in my last post, and switching to soya milk for cooking HAS been easy and it makes better sauces etc actually and is great in things such as blancmange. My worst problem is soya milk in tea, I find it fine for coffee but cant get used to it in tea (2 staples for us older folk)

  • Kellie bettell commented on October 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Have found it easy but miss chocolate xx vegan is the way to go x

  • Pranav commented on October 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve got challenged by one of my mate and I’ve accepted to become vegetarian for a month. To be honest I was only using milk in my tea which I’ll now change it to soya milk or something else.
    I feel more energetic, healthier, fitter, better and mostly Happier that I wasn’t part of animal cruelty.
    P.s – Highlight of my 30 day being vegetarian would be that it dramatically improved my sex life now I feel like a horse full of power, energy and last longer with more stamina. Sexual performance is one of the main reason for me going vegetarian now

    • Anne commented on October 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience – glad things are going so well πŸ˜‰

      • Pranav commented on January 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

        Thanks and my girl wants to become vegan too now despite of coming from a Middle Eastern family where eating meat is a daily thing.

  • Liz Tapsfield commented on October 11, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I may be weak-minded but I denied myself my usual dairy-containing pastry at Pret Manger today and felt like crying it was so hard as coffee and nice pastry is my coping strategy for my life. The alternatives are very few at pret, a dry french stick or dry bagel. I just love Prets croissants! By the afternoon in town I couldnt resist all the lovely dairy products and indulged in a gorgous white chocolate caramel shortbread- but had soya milk in my coffee. I go to coffee shops a lot and there are hardly any vegan alternatives even at ethical places. What to do? Its so depressing. On a brighter note someone told me Weatherspoons are doing 4 vegan options and the Toby Carvery does 2 vegan main meals. Find signing up to vegan e-mail recipes helpful-floral frosting is good-making their carrot cake today and the macaroons made with chickpea juice worked. Do people know about chickp-pea water as egg replacer? Its the best thing Ive found so far. Actually have found gving up eggs one of the easier parts of going vegan – disgusting objects to eat really when you think about it!

  • Liz Tapsfield commented on October 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

    What is the easiest methods for a depressed foodie to go vegan? Sheer will-power, meditating on the suffering of animals or making as many delicious vegan recipes as possible perhaps to make up for the loss of dariy and meat treats. Please send your ideas on this as really want to go vegan for the animals – feel its the most helpful thing I can do for them., but struggling to resist.

  • Tracey commented on October 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    finding it hard but keeping going struggling ith the meat free meat think I hav to give it a miss

  • Rachel commented on October 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Day 15 of the vegan Challenge for me and I’ve been finding it easier than I thought I would. Before this I ate a lot of dairy – cheese, milk and cream – so was worried giving that up would be tough. The reason I’ve decided to go vegan though is due to the appalling way dairy cows are treated from dehorning to over milking.
    I’ve leant how to make cashew cream and am enjoying lots of almond milk although I’m lusting over a Vitamix blender!
    I find it hard to believe how I thought eating animal products was in any way acceptable for so long.

    • Anne commented on October 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Rachel, really glad to hear you’re enjoying your vegan pledge and finding delicious cruelty-free alternatives to dairy products! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  • Lynne commented on October 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Hi everyone

    I’d always considered being a vegetarian and succeeded for 9 months but in August I’d seen a petition that someone I knew had signed about dogs being slaughtered for a dog meat festival and I was appalled and linked this with the fact that I wouldn’t eat my dogs!!! I also saw one of your magazines that my daughter had and truly felt sick at the way animals are treated. If we care about animals I can’t just be vegetarian personally – it has to be fully vegan otherwise I’m deciding that one animal is more important than another! I’ve been drinking almond or soya milk and not eating any dairy but the the only thing I’m struggling with is snacks and sweets and knowing that gelatin is in them, I’ve tried researching it but it comes up with a list that’s american products – perhaps you can help? or I can research a bit more. I have to say I’m also struggling to cook any meat products for my family who aren’t vegan and it truly turns my stomach. Feeling good about the change to Vegan way of life though!

  • Tracy commented on October 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I have been vegan for about 3 years now, and am much healthier and happier for it.

  • Melissa wallwork commented on October 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I am already a vegan & will always be x

  • Cathy knaggs commented on October 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I have been a vegetarian for 31 years found the transition to vegan easy with lots of tips from peta and vegan snacks, if anything i am eating better and trying new things, also wake up with a great feeling of knowing im not allowing any of my animal freinds to suffer for me, thanks for the support x

    • Anne commented on November 2, 2015 at 9:49 am

      That’s great to hear Cathy. Thank you for choosing a diet that’s kind to animals πŸ™‚

  • Val commented on November 16, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I am a vegetarian and I have only eaten small amounts of fish for eleven years now.

  • Pranav commented on November 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I love being vegan. I healthier and happier ☺️

  • Pranav commented on November 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Being vegan was the best decision of my life. When someone learns to understand and feel the pain of innocent animals then it’s easy for them to feel pain of other humans.

  • Annabel Robb commented on November 18, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Started over a week ago but struggling. In the house we’re used to eating quite a lot of fish so struggling to not eat that or chocolate. Everything else is fine though.
    Think I need some recipe inspiration and motivation tips

  • Allan stones commented on November 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Could you please send me any info advice recipes etc to enable me to go from being a veggie to being a vegan. I am a member of Peta and applaud the work you do

    • Anne commented on November 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Allan,

      Have you got a copy of our free vegan starter kit? It contains recipes, tips for what to eat, nutrition advice etc. You can order one here: http://peta.org.uk/vsk

  • Nick Ball commented on December 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hi all, my wife and I are from UK and retired to Spain this year. We became vegan just 2 weeks ago and I am surprised just how easy it was. I have not missed meat at all. I think having time to prepare home cooked meals is important as Spanish restaurants do not cater for us. I have a lot of weight to lose and a recommend john McDougall’s site if there is anyone else like me, plus it’s free…

  • Michael commented on December 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Hello, this is Michael from Germany.

    I’ve been vegan for 2 weeks now, and it’s a great step, I feel great and I don’t crave anything at all.

    Waiting for my Peta’s starter kit, and considering becoming a member. I also want to find a new job that is all about making a difference.

    Thank you to the founders of Peta, you sure are making the world a much better place!

    • Ruby commented on December 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Hi Michael.
      Congratulations on making the change to a vegan lifestyle, and it’s great to hear you are already enjoying the benefits! We hope the starter kit is helpful for you, and if you choose to become a member your support would be greatly appreciated.
      If you are interested in a position at PETA, you could look at the PETA Germany website for jobs that suit your experience: http://www.peta.de/jobs.
      Thank you for your interest and support!

  • Carole commented on January 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I am finding it very difficult to manage without eggs and milk. Everything else is easy. I am going to try almond milk and see if that works for me. But at the moment, I really can’t see myself not using organic, free range eggs! Sorry!!!

    • Ruby commented on January 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Carole,
      Once you’ve gone some time without eggs you will see how easy it is to live without them! Even organic or free range eggs can come from chickens living in cramped and miserable conditions, and they will end up being killed for meat just like hens on battery farms. Male chicks in the egg industry are killed at birth, so buying any eggs contributes to this practice: http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-eat/eggs/
      There are loads of plant-based milks available, so you are sure to like one or more of them! Here’s our guide to vegan milks that you might find helpful: http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/
      Thank you!

  • Annette Harland commented on January 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    As a vegetarian for many years I was open to the idea of a cruelty free diet the only thing I can honestly say I miss are eggs, I’ve always bought organic free range and thought it was ok! Now I’ve completed my 30 day challenge I am ready to become vegan for lifewhen you think about the cruelty to animals it’s easy to give up eating them. It made my mind up when I was watching sugar free farm on itv the other night when they showed a buffalo calf refusing to drink a bottle of formula after being removed from his mother at 1 day old just so the cow could keep producing milk for humans!!! How Inhumane is that? Let’s face it we’re not going to starve., we just need to face the cruelty and admit it’s happening so we can change what we do in the future

  • LIz commented on February 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    everone saying how easy it is to be vegan really puts me off and i dont trhgink you can all be normal people. most people still eat meat and they would find vegetarianism hard let alone veganism. i myself am really struggling and it really annoys me the way you make out its so easy, its even making my mental health worse. im keeping going for the animals sake but you others who are finding it so easy arent like me.

    • Lucy commented on February 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I think it really depends on the kinds of food you ate before – I was a vegetarian anyway before starting the challenge so will have found it much easier than people going from meat-eating to veganism! I’m two weeks in and have got used to it (I make mistakes occasionally but overall am doing well!) but at first I found it SO hard! And that’s just the transition from veggie to vegan!! So I think you’re doing really well for sticking with it and best of luck to you no matter how you decide to eat! xxx

  • Elaine Davies commented on February 22, 2016 at 9:37 am

    2 weeks on and I feel great,lovely prosecuting recipies
    and a few less animals killed for meat.
    I love my meals now only worry is an egg substitute
    for cooking,and will I get fat?????

    • Anne commented on February 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Hi Elaine, great to hear you’re enjoying your vegan journey πŸ™‚
      Here’s some info on egg substitutes – there are different options depending on how you’re planning to use them: http://www.peta.org/living/food/egg-replacements/
      Many people find they actually lose weight when they go vegan as plant-based foods tend to contain less fat than animal products. But of course, it depends on exactly what you’re eating (as with any diet, best to enjoy treats like chocolate and crisps in moderation πŸ™‚ ).

  • leanne commented on February 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    i am enjoying not eating/handling meat.
    I am finding not drinking/using milk as i have 2 young children one who has full milk in her bottle before bed. Soy milk is ok in cups of tea but makes me not want to eat cereal. But i will keep at it.
    I have really enjoyed the different flavours of veg and using herbs/spices.
    The qourn sausages im getting used to slowly.
    I am
    dissapointed that the food isle in our supermarket dedicated to vegan/vegetarian is rather expensive.
    I have found biscuits that are vegetarian and have looked on label to figure why it does not say vegan as cant see where it says eggs / dairy ect
    so still need alot more knowledge.
    but so far so good.

    • Ruby commented on February 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Leanne, sounds like you are getting on really well! If you don’t like the taste of soy milk in your cereal, have you tried any other milk flavours? Maybe you will enjoy one of these varieties: http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/

  • Jo commented on February 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Two weeks in and most of the time I haven’t had any problems.
    I have decided that I don’t like the substitutes such as vegan cheese, strange oily/chemical taste.
    I stay in hotels with a pre-paid menu deal, breakfast is fine, dinner is a challenge, but I manage.
    I miss milk in tea!

  • kathy commented on February 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I am really struggling with missing dairy products, milk, yoghurt and cheese.

    • Ruby commented on February 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Kathy. Don’t worry, you can get vegan alternatives to dairy, many of them taste very similar! Check out these pages for tips:
      Milk – http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/
      Cheese – http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/10-vegan-cheeses-you-need-to-try-uk/
      Alpro Soya yoghurts should be available from most supermarkets, along with dairy-free own brand versions. Try Holland & Barrett for a wide selection of vegan dairy products also!

    • Annabel Robb commented on March 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      I’m living in Hanoi, Vietnam right now and it is so,so hard to try and be vegan, so for now I’m vegetarian. Because most adults here can speak and understand very little English. And here the pho (noodle soup) is made with chicken stock; it doesn’t occur to them not to make with vegetable stock. The soya milk is sweetened and horrible and apart from tofu there’s no other vegan dairy products to buy.

      The veggie spring rolls, rice and tofu are delicious though. The tofu here is the best me and my fellow intern friends have ever had

      • Annabel Robb commented on March 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        One of the pho places nearby has cottoned on and does amazing tomato based pho with tofu and veg

  • Miriam commented on February 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I am finding it rewarding yet slightly challenging, I spend a lot more time in the supermarket checking the ingredients in food for traces of milk or eggs, but I have the support of most of my close family members so that makes it a lot easier πŸ™‚ I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 10, so the switch to veganism wasn’t too difficult, the meal suggestions in the vegan plan have really helped me plan delicious and cruelty free meals πŸ˜€ I am definitely staying vegan, and doing my best to encourage my family to eat vegan food too (my Mum mostly eats veggie or vegan food and my Grandad always gets the same food as me when we go out to support me) πŸ™‚

  • Karen commented on March 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I’ve not started my vegan pledge yet as i’ve still not received my pack in the mail.

  • P. BAKER commented on March 18, 2016 at 1:30 am

    I am finding it really difgicult to find ready meals that are tasty and alcohol free, so having to make a lot of my own food. Also gettung stick from my girlfriend as she sats the food is tasteless. Few resturants offer vegan , alcohol free food. I have been veggie for a long time, but this is really difficult. However I am not giving up and will persevere. Any alcohol free recipies woyld be welcome!

    • LIz commented on March 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      the following is very tasty and a bit different:

      Heat 50g caster sugar and 2 tablespoons water together in a small heavy frying pan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves . Stir through 1 x 100g pack walnut halves and turn out onto a greased baking sheet. Leave to harden. Slice ab aubergine into thin slices and brush both sides of each slice with olive oil. Heat a griddle pan and cook the aubergine slices for 5 minutes on each side, until tender. Meanwhile, cook 350g taglitelle following pack instructions, then drain and return to the pan. Stir through 1 x 90g jar italian red pepper puree (i just use a tomato pasta sauce), the grilled aubergine slices and 1 x 28g pack flat leaved parsley finely chopped. Add the caramelised walnuts and toss everything together for a tasty vegan meal.

  • retro jet commented on March 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I have been a veghead since 1988, and trying to be 100% vegan now… I feel 1000% better, pysically and mentally! πŸ™‚

    So, my message is to those who do make the choice to live vegan….. well done, and keep it up!
    Making the choice was easy… I love all ‘living’ creatures!!!
    The hardest part maybe convincing your meat-eating family and friends that you are serious!
    When I first started, their reaction would be laughter, or even derision….
    But, attitudes have changed enormously …. and now the most vocal meat-eater’s response maybe to roll their eyes and maybe give a shrug…. This acceptence will make it so much easier to succeed.
    I also appreciate the hard and heroic work that animal support agencies are doing to end animal suffering around the world… It is mind-blowing how much cruelty is committed, and mainly by the meat industry!
    I am truly happy and proud, to say I’m a vegan!!!
    I do dream of a vegan world, and realise that’s a long ways, away… but…. at least my little world is! πŸ™‚
    GO VEGANS!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Elisabeth Tapsfield commented on April 9, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Would whoever put on the internet under my name and this Peta site that Im vegetarian for better sex please remove it. I am vegetarian for animal welfare reasons and not even for health reasons, thankyou.

  • Andy commented on September 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Are there any resources for vegan bodybuilders? For the past year I’ve cut out meat other than fish, now looking to go the next step. My diet has 300g of protein a day and I’m not a great or keen cook so looking for the easiest way to substitute.


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