Going vegan may sound daunting, but it is not as hard as it is made out to be. Today, it is easy to supplement almond milk for dairy and soy for meats. The hardest part of veganism is making sure your body gets all of the proper nutrients it needs, such as iron, protein, and vitamins.

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I went vegan both for my health and for environmental reasons. I transitioned from being pescatarian to vegan, so it wasn't too hard of a switch, only cutting out some dairy and animal products. Like most people, I am lactose intolerant, so I would have to take a pill before each meal with dairy. Despite this, my stomach would still hurt despite my precautions. I was frustrated and knew my body was begging for a change.

After being vegan for a couple of months, I accumulated a list of tips other people fave me that I felt helped me the most on my health journey.

Listen to your body!

If something isn't right, your body will let you know almost immediately. Whether you feel tired, slow, or stiff; it is your body's way of telling you that you need to change your diet.

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Find the right multivitamin!

Once you find the right multivitamin, supplement it with other vitamins that it may be lacking. For example, because I am anemic, I also need to take an iron pill because my multivitamin does not have enough iron in it. I also take zinc and turmeric pills for my skin and stomach health. Everybody's needs are different, so keep in mind your diet and what vitamins you need to make you feel good and energized.

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Drink lots of water!

When I was vegetarian, I drank an okay amount of water, but not nearly enough. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your weight in ounces a day in the water. For example, if you weigh 125 pounds, drink 62.5 ounces of water a day. Water has an incredible amount of health benefits. After I started drinking the recommended amount, I was less tired, and my skin looked leagues better than what it looked like before. Extra points for using a reusable water bottle!

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Supplement animal products in your favorite foods!

As a southern California native, its only natural tacos are my go-to meal. Instead of giving up my favorite food, I started getting "beefless beef" from Trader Joe's and using that for my tacos instead of meats.

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Look at the labels of foods you currently own!

Looking at the labels of food I already have was very helpful. I learned about what products I tended to eat. I was also surprised to find that some of the foods I'm already consuming are vegan!

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One Year Update:

Find a vegan snack you love!
When you're out and about, or at home and want to have a snack instead of making a whole meal, having a small favorite snack is essential. My personal favorite is "Hippeas," they taste like cheddar Cheeto puffs and I'm in love! They are not a full meal by any means, but when I'm craving junk food I eat a couple ( or more than a couple lol) of these and I feel satisfied.

Message me if you have any questions, or more tips I should add to this list! Going vegan isn't going to be easy, but your body and the environment will thank you!

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