Seven Important Things Every Newbie Vegan or Vegetarian Should Know

Are you new to the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? If so you probably have lots of questions. I know I did. “What can I eat? Will I miss out on eating my favorite dishes? What ingredients should I buy? But change is hard! ”

To make your vegetarian lifestyle work for your real world life you’ll need to make some mindset changes. You will learn about new ingredients, develop new skills, and add new recipes to your collection.

All these new ideas and concepts can feel  overwhelming at times. But, you don’t need to figure it all out at once. You are on a journey that will grow and change as you learn more and get more comfortable.

Here are 7 posts from our archives to help get you on the right track.


The Courage To Change: Pushing Through Your Fearwomanwithlocs

How do you feel when you are about to do something new? Do you sometimes feel afraid or frustrated or angry? Does that make you change your mind? Or do you do it anyway? These feelings are a normal part of making changes or learning something new.

Having the courage to change and pushing through that fear is key to your progress. When my oldest daughter Kailey was younger she took piano lessons. She was really quite good. But whenever she got a new piece to learn … Read More



How To Stick To A Vegan or Vegetarian Diet

veggiecoupleSticking to a vegan or vegetarian diet can be hard for some people. I often hear people say that they were vegetarian or vegan at one time or have tried to go vegetarian but can’t seem to maintain it.

We all encounter trouble spots that can lead us off track. Here are seven steps you can take to help you overcome those trouble spots so that you can successfully maintain your healthy diet. 1. Educate yourself about why eating vegetarianism is important. Read books, watch videos, … Read more



Vegan-ize Your Favorite Recipes

vegansubstitutesWhen you first go vegan you may wonder what you are going to eat. Chances are many of the things you already eat can easily be “vegan-ized.”

Start by making a list of your favorite recipes that you make on a somewhat regular basis. Go ahead do it now … I’ll wait. …. Okay! Done with that? Good!

Now pick one of those recipes and look at the ingredients. Which ingredients are already vegan? Which ingredients are the animal product ingredients? Now look at the animal products ingredients and … Read more


But It Doesn’t Taste The Same!

changemindsetI have talked about this before but this is a real issue for many new vegetarians so I want to focus on it again. That is the issue of “But it doesn’t taste like it used to.”

One of the biggest changes I had to make mentally when I became a vegan was that I thought my food should taste like it did before, when I was a meat eater. I would make a vegan recipe but I would have in my mind how I thought … Read more


My Top 5 Favorite Raw Food Recipe Books

raw-recipesA key to being successful when you are transitioning to a new healthier diet is to build a collection of recipes you enjoy making and eating. This is especially true when adopting a live or raw food diet.

Here are my top five picks for living food recipe books. These are the ones I used in creating many of the recipes here on this site. I start with what is in the book and then … Read more



Should I Eat This? What Is Healthy And How Do I Decide?

Should-I-Eat-ThisRecently a reader commented about a recipe, asking if pasta was healthy because she heard that it wasn’t from someone. (Thank you BTW, we love questions and comments.) I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the recipes here and how to decide if any given recipe is right for you and your family.

The choices you make depend on a number of considerations. First off I like to think of a diet continuum. At one end is a diet heavy in animal products with … Read more


Seven Steps To Becoming A Healthy Gourmet Chef

black_vegan_chefA key to being able to keep true to your healthy eating commitment to yourself is having the skills you need to keep your meals enticing and satisfying. If you are bored with what you are preparing you are much more likely to succumb to temptation and fall back to your old eating pattern.

As I was transitioning to a raw diet I came across some great advice that can apply no matter what your healthy eating commitments are. Alissa Cohen author of Living On Live … Read more



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Helping my coaching clients go from vegan wanna-be to Unshakably Vegan! From meal-time boredom to loving what they eat. From self-sabotage to taking control. From tempted by all the wrong choices in their non-vegan world to making the right decisions. And from sick and tired to vibrant and healthy. Discover your personal recipe for success and abundant health! BE UNSHAKABLE!

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