If you want, start quietly
It might be easier to become a vegan if you can avoid questions or scrutiny from others. “Don’t announce what you are doing; focus on yourself and being conscious of your surroundings, body, and food addictions first,” says longtime vegan John Salley, a four-time NBA champion and a partner of Vegan Vine wines. “Be still and strong in your ability to control your own life.”
Find a vegan support group
Once you begin your vegan diet, “you’ll need someone to rant to about how many times a day you get asked where you get your protein,” says Jill Wiseman, co-founder of e-commerce site Vegan Cuts. Whether your support lives next door or is through a Facebook page, you’ll widen your world of vegan-friendly products, recipes, and restaurants. If you don’t know where to look, Crystal Tate of Food for Lovers recommends the 30-Day Vegan Challenge: “[The] daily tips and videos hold your hand through grocery shopping, dining out, and trying new recipes.”
Don’t worry about getting enough protein
If you’re trying to figure out how to become vegan without letting your tummy rumble, “rich sources of concentrated protein include beans, soy products like tofu and seitan, quinoa, nuts, and hemp seeds,” says Moran. Plus, there are vegan protein powders you can add to water and shakes. As long as you include these staples, along with protein-rich veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli, you should meet your daily requirements. Find out which other nutrients vegans might miss out on—and how to get enough.