Going Vegan: a week by week guide | A Case For Plant Based

Initially, you may find the idea of starting a plant based diet overwhelming. And, that’s exactly why I developed this week by week guide to adopting a plant based diet and a vegan lifestyle. 💚

Full disclosure: there’s a lot of information to absorb and major life changes that come along with adopting a fully vegan lifestyle. But I assure you: it’s beyond worth it in the end! In order to take away some of that overwhelming feeling, I’ve broken it down into a year-long process.

Each week, you’ll find new information to read and gradual steps to take in order to transition to a plant based diet. If you’re still finding it too overwhelming, that’s ok! Take the process at whatever pace works best for you. If you need to spend 2 extra weeks or a month on one step, go for it! Being self aware and knowing your limitations will help you succeed long term.

Plant Based Diet vs. Veganism

If you follow my guide exactly, you will be eating a 100% plant based diet by week 32.

In addition to starting a plant based diet, adopting a vegan lifestyle is also included in this guide. Beyond the food, this includes the more ethical aspect: defined simply as veganism.

If you choose to embrace veganism, this journey begins at week 32. You will be overhauling your personal care items, household products, clothing, and all other purchases and lifestyle choices.

Again, take as much time as you need at each step.

Be gracious to yourself. Acknowledge that intentionally or unintentionally, you will mess up. Occasional failure is normal. There is not one perfect vegan; myself included. Pick yourself up and try better next time. Don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. I believe in you!

Getting Started

To start, I recommend reading:

And, remember in your daily routine to included:

  • drinking plenty of water
  • adequate sleep
  • vitamins and supplements as prescribed by your doctor

Now, let’s get you started on your journey! 🥰

Week 1

Week 2

  • Address all health concerns, special needs or restrictions, and what supplements you will need to take.
  • Get baseline blood work done. And, with your doctor, make a plan for regular blood work and follow up appointments to monitor your health and progress.

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Week 32

Vegan Lifestyle

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Week 42

Vegan friendly materials:

Non-vegan materials include (but not limited to):

  • angora (bunny)
  • cashmere (goat)
  • down (feathers-which are plucked from live animals)
  • felt (wool and fur)
  • fleece (from sheep or goats)
  • fur
  • leather (animal hide and skin)
  • pashmina (wool)
  • satin (if made from silk; vegan if made from nylon or polyester)
  • silk (from silkworms)
  • suede (a type of leather)
  • wool (sheep; side note, this process seems like it should be humane and pain-free, but I assure you, it is anything but.)

Week 43

Week 44

  • aquariums
  • circuses
  • animal parks
  • rodeos
  • hunting
  • pony rides
  • horse drawn carriages
  • other animal attractions
  • animal rescues and sanctuaries
  • aquatic sanctuaries and sea life rehabilitation centers
  • circus without animals
  • nature hike and spotting wildlife in their natural habitat
  • snorkeling (if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that you can do this!)

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Week 51

  • your diet is fully plant based.
  • all cosmetics, personal care products, and household items are vegan, cruelty free, and not tested on animals.
  • all new clothing and household purchases will be vegan and cruelty free from now on.

Yay!! Do a happy dance! 💃

Week 52

I’d love to hear where you are on your vegan or plant based journey!

And, be sure to follow A Case for Plant Based on social media, and subscribe to the weekly newsletter for exclusive content. 💚

Originally published at https://acaseforplantbased.com on January 8, 2021.

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