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!

Comments

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 :) 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 :)

  • 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….

  • 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:
      http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/two-week-vegan-meal-plan.aspx

  • 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.

  • 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 :) 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!!

  • 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. :-)

  • 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% :)
    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 😀

  • 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 :( 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!

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

      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 :)

      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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

    Stuart

    • 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 :)

  • 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 :-)

    • 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 :)

  • 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. :)

  • 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 :)

    • 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 :) 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

    Hello,
    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.

      Find our more:
      http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-are-not-ours-to-eat/dairy/

  • 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 :)

      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

    Hey!
    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. 😉

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

  • 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 milk—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 osteoporosis—Harvard even cites studies showing that heavy dairy consumption appears to cause bone loss!

  • 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.

    I WON’T GO BACK! FOR THE ANIMALS. <3 <3

    • 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 :)

  • 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 😀 )
    Thanks again

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

      That’s wonderful to hear Belinda, really glad it’s going well :)

  • 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 :)

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