Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet

  1. Anastasia says:

    That’s a brilliant post! I’d love to change my diet to sugar-free but I am so hesitant, mainly bc everything around us has sugar in it! But seeing that the secret might be to stick to 5 recipes you like and know how to, it might make my life easier. Please do a separate blog diet category and share your secrets, I’d love to see your progress πŸ™‚
    xx

  2. emilie says:

    Hello Tania,

    How great that you have turned to veganism ! I have been vegan for over a year and vegetarian half of my life and I would just like to stress out how important iron is ! I have had really low iron results because I wasn’t careful to eat enough beans/lentils/tofu with vitamin C (better absorption). And I have experienced the consequence of it. So please, keep that in mind.

    Also, I was wondering (if I’m not mistaken you are originally from the countryside in France), doesn’t it feel like the opposite there ? Where farmers do take great care of their cows and so on ? I am totally conscious about milk/cheese being bad for you on a health level, but I was just curious to know how things appeared in the countryside of France…

    However, I would love to see your future recipes !!!

    I wish you the best !!!

    First time commenter (who has always loved your blog)

  3. Immy May says:

    What a great post Tania! Thank you for all the meal tips too – can’t wait to give them all a whirl. I am Veggie, but considering veganism too as I pretty much am already haha! I have a cheese habit and have milk in my tea. But I am sure I can live without it – Sainsbury’s actually have a great vegan cheese selection! I have had a few funny moments over the past few months with fainting and feeling generally unwell – turns out I was super vitamin B12 deficient! Are you taking any supplements? Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  4. Elie Landrum says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m currently experimenting – I’m a "reducetarian" – trying to eat less meat, like once a day or less (I used to eat it three times a day!). I’ve been dairy-free for almost 2 years and might be going gluten-free depending on my husband’s test results (he is going in tomorrow!). We have had similar experiences with dietary issues, infections and unease with the meat and dairy industry here in America. My only concern with going vegan is getting enough protein, because we lift weights and want to keep a decent amount of muscle. We use a vegan protein powder and that helps, but we like to eat our food instead of drink it, ya know?! Anyways, I greatly appreciate your posts and would love to know how veganism affects you physically and mentally, and also recipes and go-to foods! xo

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hi Elie,

      Lovely to hear from you and your health journey! I think that’s awesome that your going in the plant based direction and making small changes along the way πŸ™‚ It’s been such a positive change in my life, but it took me a long time to get to this point – I’ve done a lot of research and read a lot about it before making the connection and deciding that this was something I’d like to do.

      If you’re worried about protein you should definitely read a book called ‘The China Study" by Colin T. Campbell – you’ll learn that protein deficiency is pretty much a myth, and if you eat a whole varied plant based diet, eating enough calories, protein should be the least of your worry (even when you want to build muscle mass!) You should read this article http://www.richroll.com/blog/the-vegan-athlete-cont/ – you should also listen to his podcast, he interviews amazing people, including a bunch of vegan athletes, and he’s got tons of resources on his website πŸ™‚

      So happy you liked the post! I will definitely continue with regular updates, and will venture into sharing recipes etc very soon – as it’s only been 2 months, I’m still working on sharing everything about how I’ve changed physically and mentally, just because I’m still seeing changes at this point.. but I will develop on that very soon πŸ™‚ I hope you had a lovely weekend xx

  5. aisha says:

    I’ve been hearing so many good things about veganism these past few months and its definitely something I want to try! The idea about having five base meals is such a great idea because I think one of the first problems people have when making the transition to a vegan diet is finding meals that will keep you full and satisfied otherwise we’re more likely to reach for some processed junk food. Great post πŸ™‚

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hi Aisha! I totally agree – at the beginning I think you feel a bit lost, and it takes time to discover new ingredients, and new ways to cook certain things, and using certain substitutes.. so picking a handful of recipes that you’ve tried and tested and love, makes life a little easier when trying to transition πŸ™‚ so happy you loved the post! Hopefully more to come xx

  6. Natasha says:

    I now feel so hungry for all this delicious food! Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been pescatarian for over 7 years now (but prodomintly vegetarian) and the last couple of weeks I have been reducing my dairy intake and I have already seen a difference in how I feel and my skin. I do feel like it will be a matter of time before I start transitioning into a more plant based/vegan diet. I think one of the hardest things for me would be eating and making meals with other people who are meat eaters. Reading about people’s experiences does help me believe that I can make the change one day. Looking forward to reading more about your progress x

    • Tania Joy says:

      Hey Natasha,

      That’s incredible! So happy that you feel great and you’ve seen a difference, I think that helps a lot when trying to transition. Some people need to do it slowly, and some just go cold turkey. Whatever works for you!

      I also found it hard at the beginning (and still do!) when eating out with friends etc.. but generally there’s always something plant based or that can be transformed if you ask nicely – if not I just order all the veggie sides! When eating with meat eaters, I normally bring something (if I’m invited) like a salad or roasted veggies or whatever is appropriate – sometimes it’s a huge tub of hummus, sometimes it’s veggie sushi.. and if they come to eat at mine, I just veganise a dish that everyone loves and get them to discover how delicious eating plants is! My go to for dinner parties is veggie chilli, with cashew sour cream, guac and brown rice, or veggie tacos or a delicious pasta dish.

      Oh and if you’re worried about people questioning the way you eat, I think the best way to not feel uncomfortable is just to educate yourself and have clear answers about the benefits that eating this way have, whether it’s for your health, the planet or the animals, or all 3. I’m still working on that.. but people who love you will respect and support your decision πŸ™‚ I will definitely keep you updated in the coming weeks! xx

  7. Tish says:

    Hello Tania, just discovered your blog (which is dreamy by the way) as I am also trying to make some changes to my diet. I am not totally plant based yet but getting there. I have mostly cut out dairy now, the only thing that I am struggling massively with is a greek yoghurt replacement. I absolutely love the stuff, I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! just wondering if you have used any alternatives? Ive read the full fat ones are generally better so have switched to that for now until I can find a replacement! X

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