10-Week Guide to Becoming a Healthy and Happy Vegan

I had a curious thought about becoming a vegan in a short time frame of 10 weeks. I came up with these ideas for consideration:

  1. Educate yourself: Learn about the reasons for being a vegan and the benefits of a plant-based diet.
  2. Plan your meals: Make a list of delicious and healthy vegan meals that you would like to try.
  3. Gradually transition: Start by incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet and gradually reducing your intake of animal products.
  4. Replace animal products: Find vegan replacements for animal products such as dairy milk, cheese, and eggs in your favourite recipes.
  5. Shop smart: Stock your kitchen with plant-based staples like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
  6. Get support: Join a local vegan community or find an online support group to share your journey with others.
  7. Find restaurants: Discover restaurants and cafes that offer vegan options, or learn to cook vegan meals at home.
  8. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to help your body adjust to the change in diet.
  9. Be prepared: Always carry snacks, like fruit or energy bars, with you in case you are out and about and need a quick bite.
  10. Stay committed: Remember why you decided to become a vegan and stay committed to your goal, even if it takes time to fully adjust.

I decided that a breakdown weekly schedule with specific times to help me reach my goal of becoming a vegan in 10 weeks. So it looks like this:

Week 1:


  • 9:00 AM: Read articles and watch documentaries about veganism to educate yourself.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Plan your meals for the week and make a grocery list.
  • 7:00 PM: Try a new vegan recipe for dinner.

  • 9:00 AM: Replace one animal product with a vegan alternative, such as almond milk in your coffee.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Visit a vegan restaurant or try a vegan dish at a regular restaurant.

  • 9:00 AM: Start incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Have a vegan dinner.

  • 9:00 AM: Attend a local vegan meetup or connect with a vegan community online.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Have a vegan dinner.

  • 9:00 AM: Take a break and relax, but continue to make healthy vegan choices.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Have a vegan dinner.

  • 9:00 AM: Spend time with friends and family and continue to make vegan choices.
  • 6:00 PM: Have a vegan dinner.

  • 9:00 AM: Spend the day relaxing and continue to make healthy vegan choices.
  • 12:00 PM: Have a vegan lunch.
  • 6:00 PM: Have a vegan dinner.

Week 2-3:

  • Focus on trying new vegan recipes and finding vegan replacements for animal products.
  • Gradually reduce your intake of animal products.
  • Try a different vegan restaurant or cafe each week.
  • Join a vegan support group or connect with a vegan mentor.

Week 4-5:

  • Experiment with plant-based protein sources, such as tofu, tempeh, and legumes.
  • Start a food diary to track your progress and meals.
  • Try different vegan snacks and desserts.
  • Focus on eating a balanced and varied diet.

Week 6-7:

  • Attend a vegan cooking class or workshop.
  • Find vegan-friendly recipes for your favourite dishes and try making them at home.
  • Start a vegan-based exercise program, such as yoga or running.
  • Focus on staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and herbal teas.

Week 8-9:

  • Attend a local vegan festival or event.
  • Plan a vegan meal or potluck with friends and family.
  • Start introducing veganism to others by sharing your experiences and knowledge.
  • Focus on maintaining a positive attitude and staying committed to your goals.

Week 10:

  • Celebrate your achievement of becoming a vegan!
  • Reflect on your journey and make a plan for maintaining a vegan lifestyle in the future.
  • Continue to educate yourself and connect with the vegan community.

It may sound like a no-brainer. So I thought to list down some ideas for 'Vegan Lunch' and 'Vegan Dinner' as follows:

  1. Veggie burger with sweet potato fries
  2. Grilled portobello mushroom sandwich with avocado and roasted red pepper
  3. Chickpea salad sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber
  4. Quinoa and roasted vegetable salad with a lemon vinaigrette
  5. Veggie wrap with hummus, roasted vegetables, and greens
  6. Veggie stir-fry with tofu, brown rice, and a variety of vegetables
  7. Roasted eggplant and tomato caprese sandwich
  8. Vegan lentil soup with crusty bread
  9. Vegan sushi rolls with avocado, cucumber, and pickled ginger
  10. Vegan tacos with seasoned tofu, salsa, avocado, and cilantro.

These are just a few ideas, and there are many other vegan lunch options to choose from. The key to a satisfying vegan lunch is to include a variety of colourful, nutrient-dense foods that are high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.

Here are 10 vegan dinner ideas:

  1. Lentil and vegetable stew with crusty bread
  2. Veggie stir-fry with tofu, brown rice, and a variety of vegetables
  3. Vegan spaghetti with marinara sauce and roasted vegetables
  4. Vegan chili with cornbread
  5. Stuffed bell peppers with quinoa, black beans, and salsa
  6. Vegan shepherd's pie with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables
  7. Vegan pizza with a variety of toppings such as mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, and onion
  8. Vegan ratatouille with crusty bread
  9. Vegan fajitas with seasoned tofu, bell peppers, onions, and guacamole
  10. Vegan tofu and vegetable korma with naan bread.

These are just a few ideas, and there are many other vegan dinner options to choose from. The key to a satisfying vegan dinner is to include a variety of colourful, nutrient-dense foods that are high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates.

When transitioning to a vegan diet, it's important to make sure that you have a variety of healthy and tasty ingredients on hand. Here is a list of staple ingredients that you may want to consider purchasing:

  1. Grains: Rice, quinoa, pasta, bread, and tortillas
  2. Legumes: Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and other beans
  3. Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds
  4. Vegetables: Bell peppers, onion, garlic, carrots, broccoli, spinach, and other greens
  5. Fruits: Bananas, berries, apples, oranges, and other fruit
  6. Plant-based protein sources: Tofu, tempeh, seitan, and other meat alternatives
  7. Sweeteners: Maple syrup, agave nectar, and other natural sweeteners
  8. Fats: Olive oil, avocado, and other healthy fats
  9. Spices and seasonings: Salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, turmeric, and other herbs and spices
  10. Plant-based milks: Almond milk, soy milk, and other non-dairy milks

Of course, you may want to adjust this list depending on your personal taste preferences and dietary needs, but this should give you a good starting point.

Popular documentaries about veganism:

  1. "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" (2014)
  2. "Forks Over Knives" (2011)
  3. "The Game Changers" (2018)
  4. "Vegucated" (2011)
  5. "Earthlings" (2005)
  6. "What the Health" (2017)
  7. "Okja" (2017)
  8. "Blackfish" (2013)
  9. "Live and Let Live" (2013)
  10. "Food, Inc." (2008)

These documentaries explore various aspects of the vegan lifestyle, including environmental sustainability, animal welfare, health, and more. They can be a great way to learn more about the benefits of a vegan diet and to gain inspiration for making the transition to a more plant-based lifestyle.

Here is a list of books about veganism and the authors:

  1. "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
  2. "How Not to Die" by Dr. Michael Greger
  3. "The Starch Solution" by Dr. John McDougall
  4. "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone
  5. "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. "The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions" by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman
  7. "The Joy of Vegan Baking" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  8. "The 80/10/10 Diet" by Dr. Douglas Graham
  9. "Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck" by Thug Kitchen LLC
  10. "The Vegan Table" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

These books cover a range of topics related to veganism, from nutrition and health to cooking and lifestyle. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced vegan, these books can provide valuable information and inspiration to help you on your journey.

When you have cravings for animal products, it can be challenging to resist the temptation. However, there are several strategies that can help you manage your cravings and stay on track with your vegan diet:

  1. Focus on the reasons why you became vegan: Remind yourself of your ethical, environmental, or health-related reasons for choosing a vegan lifestyle, and let these reasons guide you when you have cravings.
  2. Find delicious vegan alternatives: Experiment with vegan recipes and try new plant-based foods to find new options that satisfy your cravings without compromising your values.
  3. Practice mindfulness: Take a moment to pause and reflect on what you are feeling, and acknowledge the craving without giving in to it. This can help you gain perspective and control over your cravings.
  4. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger, so make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.
  5. Get active: Exercise can help you manage cravings by distracting you, boosting your mood, and reducing stress.
  6. Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and emotional well-being through activities such as meditation, yoga, or reading.
  7. Seek support: Surround yourself with a supportive community of friends, family members, or fellow vegans who understand and share your beliefs.

Remember that cravings are normal, and it's okay to struggle with them from time to time. By using these strategies, you can become better equipped to manage your cravings and stay true to your vegan lifestyle.

Join me on this journey of transitioning to a healthy and happy vegan lifestyle in just 10 weeks with my guide! Share your own experiences and ideas, and let's support each other in this vibrant vegan and vegetarian community.