One of the reasons I started my blog was because I wanted to share with others the joy of living a lifestyle that meant doing no harm to other living creatures, offered abundance (contrary to common beliefs), and showed that eating vegan is a pretty easy thing to do. I also like to feature resources such as blogs, apps, cooking shows, or podcasts that help others with understanding and transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. One resource I am currently reading is “Vegan For Her” by Virginia Messina, MPH, RD with JL Fields. This book is specifically tailored to women who would like to go vegan and also addresses the specific dietary needs for women. As Ginny Messina explains,
I wrote this book for vegan women because women’s nutrient requirements and health concerns are unique. Vegan For Her provides specific guidance about food choices that work against a range of health concerns and that address the distinctive nutrition needs of women.
One of my all-time favorite vegan bloggers, JL Fields, contributes recipes to the book as well as a chapter on how to take your veganism beyond food, such as with vegan clothing, cruelty-free home products, and even vegan activism tips.
I’ve only begun reading this book and I already know I am going to love it. The first chapter sets the tone for a book that is encouraging, empowering, reassuring, and accessible. I thought I might share my journey through this resource with you starting with some wonderful quotes from the first chapter, which is entitled “Going Vegan: An Easy Transition.” The title says it all — going vegan is a transition that anyone can make by being patient with themselves and the process of taking animal foods out of your diet. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Chapter One:
- “There is no right or wrong way to transition to a vegan diet.”
- “Don’t worry if you don’t like to cook or don’t have a kitchen filled with expensive appliances. Vegan meals don’t have to be fancy.”
- “Basically, if you can steam vegetables, bake a potato, and open a can, you can be vegan.”
- “Progress, not perfection.”
- “Going vegan is a process of learning, exploring, and experimenting. If you let yourself relax into that so that you enjoy and have fun with it, you’re more likely to succeed at making long-term significant changes.”
- “Many of your favorite recipes could be just a step or two away from being vegan.”
- “Getting too stuck in habits and tradition creates barriers to easy meal planning.”
- “Just eat healthy foods that you enjoy — whenever and however you like.”
- “If you feel that something is lacking in your vegan menus and you can’t quite put your finger on it, it’s possible that you are missng umami.”
- “With a little bit of planning, some realistic expectations, and some basic knowledge, anyone can make a successful long-term commitment to being vegan.”
- “Boosting your intake of whole plant foods and cutting back on animals foods is almost guaranteed to make your diet healthier, especially if you’ve been eating fairly typical American meals up to now.”
- “Eating more plants and fewer animal products will shrink your carbon footprint and lighten the load that your diet and lifestyle place on the planet. And it will remove your contribution to some of the worst cruelty to animals on earth. There is no other diet that can promise all of these things.”
- It can really help to know other vegans and vegetarians, to be able to talk through challenging situations, and to share recipes and food ideas. Don’t forget to visit the VeganForHer.com community, too.
- “When your diet is mostly whole plant foods, a little convenience won’t hurt you.”
- “Batch cooking — making big quantities of food over the weekend to eat all week — is a time-honored approach of busy people that works just as well for vegans as for omnivores.”
- “The real challenges aren’t in your kitchen; they’re everywhere else. The best way to make sure you’ll have something to eat is to ask your host if you can contribute to the spread.”
- “Know that what you do most of the time is what matters and that the idea is to keep moving forward. Don’t let little mistakes and slip-ups derail your efforts. Dietary and lifestyle changes take practice and knowledge. If you’re learning, and moving forward, then you deserve to feel proud!”
I love many of the advice and tips above, but some of my favorites are below.
I look forward to sharing my journey and insights from Vegan For Her with you, and if you have some gal in your life who you would like to encourage to consider going vegan, this book might be just the thing. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the book and I hope you find the tidbits of advice above encouraging. What little tidbits of advice of your own would you share with someone that is veg-curious?