1. Start slowly. Personally I tried to cut cold turkey (pun intended) in high school and failed. That and my parents were the ones that were cooking so I didn’t have much of a choice. Once I went off to college I was vegetarian for a year and a half. Then I switched to vegan.
2. Do your research. Parents or partners are persuaded more if you show them that you are serious and know what you are getting yourself into. Especially on protein and calcium. Most people don’t know that you can easily get protein from plant sources. Watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives helps as well.
3. Know that you will often have to eat before going out or bring food with you. A lot of the time I eat before I go out to a restaurant or over to someone’s house (that doesn’t know I’m vegan.) That way I’m not extremely hungry and am tempted to eat something that isn’t vegan. But in the end it is all worth it.
4. Be prepared for the haters. Most people I meet think it’s cool and ask genuine questions. But there are those few who think that you are attacking their choices or who doesn’t understand anything about it. I get the “you don’t get enough protein” or “we are meant to eat meat” most often.
5. Learn to cook. To be a healthy vegan cooking often with fresh ingredients is key. Personally, I also cut out processed foods and microwaveable meals (which I lived off of for quite some time.) Look at vegan or vegetarian cook books. Or learn how to substitute things. Use vegetable broth or water instead of chicken broth. Use soy milk or almond milk instead of cow’s milk.