As a continuation of the first part, here are another three small things you can do to make going vegan easier.

1. Buy or rent a cookbook. There are many great vegan cookbooks out there. Libraries are even starting to carry them. So go to the nearest bookstore or library and browse the selection. I have written a couple of reviews (here and here) but there are many more options available. You can try “Appetite for Reduction” if you are looking for low-fat and healthy recipes, “The Kind Diet” if you are interested in a macrobiotic diet, or “Color Me Vegan” if you want a little bit of everything. Many libraries are even offering the option to electronically download a book to rent.

2. Don’t give up on your favorite food. You love sushi but think you’ll never have it again once you go vegan. I have great news: you don’t have to give it up!  Quail egg shooters are out of the question, but many sushi restaurants offer vegetarian and vegan rolls. I’ve found that many places are willing to make substitutions if you ask nicely. Sushi is also very easy to learn to make at home and very inexpensive. Learning how to modify your old recipes will make going vegan that much easier. Check out sites like VegWeb for recipe ideas.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you are like me, you spent a good portion of your life being told that meat and other animal products are vital for your survival. Our culture holds the belief that animals are at our disposal and it can be hard to go against this idea. If you slip up or need extra time to fully make the transition, don’t fret. What matters is that you are trying and you are making a difference for those whose voice cannot be heard.