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Have I ever mentioned that I love your emails? Because I do. Especially emails like this one from Olivia. I thought her question was such a good one that I decided to share it here, just in case someone else is curious about adopting a vegan diet. If you are a vegan, or a vegetarian, and have advice -- please leave it in the comments for future readers(and Olivia!).Thanks!
"Hi Lindsay. I was always weary of going vegan because even though I *love* to cook, I always thought making vegan dishes had to be difficult! This was until I found your recipes! Everything is so simple and fast!! Anyway, I decided to go full force vegan for 30 days. Since you really did (or your recipes did anyway) play a major part in my decision I wanted to ask you if you had any advice. Maybe like a top 10 list of things you can recommend?" - Olivia
Olivia's feelings are something I can relate to. When I first went vegan I so intimidated. I freaked out over the long list of ingredients in my new vegan cookbooks (some I'd never heard of before in my life) and the 2-hour start-to-finish recipes. Heck, I felt intimidated recently when I read the Kind Diet and I've been a vegan for three years! Even just last week I had to google 'raw carrageenan' because it was called for in a recipe and I had no idea what the hell it was (& I'm still confused).
This makes me sad because I think a lot of people see these kinds of vegan recipes or books and think veganism is unattainable or expensive or both... I'm hoping with my cookbook and this blog I can prove that being vegan and eating healthfully is very easy, attainable, affordable and yes, delicious! I really tried to prove this with my cookbook. I took care to make recipes that use common, ordinary ingredients, recipes that whip up in 30 minutes or less, recipes that are easy to make but still kick-ass delicious (and healthy!). I try to follow this approach here on happyherbivore, too, but sometimes I get lost and caught up in the more complex dishes...
That said, here are my top 10 suggestions!
Lastly, ENJOY IT! If you go in happy, full of optimism believing that you will love it, succeed at it and have a great experience... you will!
(My friend Carrie also wrote a wonderful post with 7 other tips! A must read!)
... and if you ever have a question for me and you're shy about it, you can ask me anything anonymously!