Going Vegan: What's Your Best Advice?

No matter your reasons for switching your diet, no matter if you started off as an omnivore or a vegetarian, going vegan represents a significant life change. Looking from the outside in, it can feel like a daunting and intimidating challenge. So we're curious to hear the insider's perspective. Vegans, what advice do you have for people thinking of taking the leap? What helped you most when you first became vegan? What do you wish you'd known?

We ask this question in the hopes that it might help allay some of the fears that people have about going vegan. Your perspective might also help prepare someone who, say, has always hated tofu or still loves bacon for the challenges they'll face.

Also, everyone's experience is going to be a little different. While one person might slip seemlessly into the vegan diet and never look back, another person might encounter hurdles and setbacks. We think it's really good to hear all of these perspectives in our discussion.

What was it like for you when you became vegan? What advice do you have for people thinking of doing the same?

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