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Resources for transitioning to a vegan diet, websites, food plans, books, and more

Happy New Year, everyone! For some time now I’ve been collecting links to websites or resources that I thought would be helpful and handy for anyone who is a little veg-curious or flirting with the idea of switching to a vegan diet in 2015.

There are so many great articles, websites, starter kits, and more all around the web and in bookstores that I am sure I can’t gather them all in one place.

But that’s where you come in.

If you know of a resource that isn’t on this list, please let me know about it in the comments below and I will happily add it. The more we work together, the more we can help others, human and non-human alike.

Websites:

Veganuary (Take the pledge to go vegan in January, get recipes, community support, and more)

VegNews Go Veg Guide (Tips from the folks behind VegNews Magazine)

22 Days Nutrition Vegan Challenge (A 22-day vegan food challenge with recipes and shopping lists)

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 21-Day Kickstart Program (Free 21-day vegan challenge complete with meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists)

30-Day Vegan Challenge (Organized by the amazing Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, she will be your joyful guide on the vegan lifestyle)

Vegan Starter Kit (website with information and recipes)

Vegan.com (One of my favorite websites for living the vegan lifestyle)

31-Day Plant-Based eCourse and Challenge

BettaLife Challenge

The Vegetarian Resource Group

The Vegan Society

Amazon.com (Search for cookbooks, of course!)

Vegucated (Not just a powerful documentary, but these folks also offer a 30-day challenge)

Plantz Culinary Boot Camp Training in your kitchen to help you make wholesome, whole-foods, gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, plant-based meals via online cooking videos and demos, coaching calls, practice recipes, and more.

FARM The folks at farm will email you a free eCourse. “The eCourse is a FREE, fun and informative weekly email (8 weeks) designed to help you along the vegan path! Receive great recipes, health information, and tips for living vegan in a non-vegan world.”

Starter Kits:

Peta Vegan Starter Kit

PCRM Vegetarian Starter Kit (There are some amazing guides you can download on this site!)

Mercy For Animals Vegetarian Starter Guide

Compassion Over Killing Vegetarian Starter Guide

FARM/Live Vegan Veg Starter Guide

Animals for Action Vegan Starter Pack (This was one of the best starter packs I’ve received — it even came with stickers 🙂 )

Books:

21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health by Dr. Neil Barnard

30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Vegan for Her by Virginia Messina and JL Fields

The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living Without Sacrifice (Available to read online for free, Kindle for $.99, or print)

The Lean by Kathy Freston

How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More by Elizabeth Castoria

Social Media:

Ask A Vegan Dietitian (This is a closed Facebook group I am a member of, but I am sure for anyone that is seeking information on a vegan diet can request to join and will be approved, as long as you aren’t a troll, of course 😉 )

Meetup (Search for a vegan meetup in your area)

Meal Delivery Services/Meal Plans:

Forks Over Knives Meal Delivery (This brand new service just started up as of January 2015 — yay! Whole-foods, low-fat, plant-based meal prepared by a chef and delivered to you. See the website for delivery areas.)

Happy Herbivore (I’m a big fan of Lindsay’s cookbooks, and her meal plans will be just as healthy and convenient.) In March 2015, she launched the “Meal Mentor” component to her meal plans — a community of support with many premium membership benefits. Be sure to check it out!

Real World Vegan Meal Plans (A new service as of January 2015 from one of my favorite vegan bloggers, JL Fields)

Lighter (Healthy, plant-based, real food)

Past blog posts:

I’ve written a few previous blog posts that you might find helpful on your vegan journey. Check them out if they pique your interest.

I hope 2015 will be a great year for you all, and if you are reading this and you decide to try out a vegan diet, be sure to let me know how it’s going for you and if I can be of any help.

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