So you just finished watching What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Earthlings or some other vegan documentary, and you are ready to pardon Babe and all of his friends from becoming a Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast.

Here are 5 tips to staying vegan, for beginners.

#1. Become a regular at Whole Foods.

Whole Foods, is your friend. With Amazon’s recent purchase of the supermarket and the announcement of their new 365 chain, if you don’t have one in your neighborhood, expect one in the next couple of years, months, hey, one is probably already being built in that abandoned K-Mart plaza.

Front of Whole Foods

#2. Use vegan alternatives

Sometimes you just need to ease into the process gradually. With the vegan population reaching an all time high, more and more alternatives are starting to flood the market. Pretty soon the end case at Whole Foods is going to turn into an aisle and then watch out, maybe even an entire store. Now that I think about it, 75% of the store could technically be considered vegan.

Meat alternatives case in Whole Foods

#3. Find vegan groups in your community.

There are plenty of groups out there dedicated to the vegan lifestyle. Meetup is probably your best bet to find one in your city. If you live in or plan to visit South Florida, we recommend using, Soflovegans.com. Not only will you find a list of great events, and resources, but also more videos to help you on your vegan journey.

Vegan group participating in a art class

#4. Eat at a vegan restaurant in your area.

Download the app Happy Cow to find vegan restaurants in your area. Make it a point to try one or two a week to see the possibilities of fine vegan cuisine. Don’t be intimidated by the prices, the sticker shock comes with the piece of mind that you are eating quality food and more importantly, supporting local businesses that are promoting compassion, positivity and a healthy lifestyle.

Vegan restaurant Mana Life in Miami

#5. Become a vegan chef.

Learn to prepare your own meals. On Soflovegans.com, you will be able to find a growing list of recipes, chefs, vlogs and other sources to make delicious meals at home for a fraction of what you will pay at restaurants. Now cooking may not be for everyone, but who knows, this may become a new hobby or calling that could change the course of your life.

Vegan meal in a pot

So there you have it. Five tips to help you stay on track after you decide to become vegan. If you need any more help, feel free to leave a message in the comments below. Also, do us a huge favor and like, subscribe and share this with anyone that you know that just became vegan. You might just save a life.

This has been Sean Russell from Soflo Vegans, and we will see you next time. Stay vegan my friends.

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