Tips and Advice for New Vegans

Good morning, I wanted to create a post for curious vegans that could use this as a reference for different sources of information and inspiration in their own journeys. If you’re new to veganism or just curious about it, I believe that educating yourself first is the most important step you can take. Learning how our food is produced, the inhumane way the animals are treated, the effect it has on our health and the planet is life changing. 


     There are countless references of vegan material from documentaries, cookbooks, articles, books, websites and so much more, I couldn’t possibly list them all.  I have used many of these in my own journey and they have opened my world, validated my decisions to become vegan, they helped me connect with others around the world, and helped me feel less alone in my own journey. 


The best advice I can give is to get educated through books, movies, blogs, and more. Most of all be patient with yourself as your body transitions. You don’t have to go full Vegan 100% right off the start, or even become 100% vegan all the time. Do what feels right for you and your body. Just making a few vegan meals in a week makes a difference! Start slow and try new recipes and other ingredients while you slowly change your diet from meat, dairy, and processed foods to a more plant based, whole foods lifestyle


    I have found many sources of veganism, cookbooks, advice and more through my local library and also many social media platforms like You Tube, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I have watched all of the movies and documentaries I have listed below. To be honest,  I have cried over many of them. They continue to inspire me and have taught me to have more compassion than I ever thought was possible.

I recently published a book to help new vegans thrive!



Nosh with Chef Julie: Vegan Journal Daily entries and tips for going vegan from the beginning with self-care, food logs, and reflections.


This guided journal will help you from the start with finding out your why and help you stay motivated. Loaded with advice on what foods to eat, self-care tips to nourish your mind and body, Logs to keep you motivated, and a journal section to write your reflections through the process!

Available here

     The library is also a great place to find books on veganism and cookbooks for free.  There are also countless blogs online of others and their journeys with amazing recipes to try. I have checked out so many and have listed some of my favorites below.


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 So here’s my master list of inspiration, feel free to add your favorites in the comments if I missed any!

Movies and Documentaries: 


Forks Over Knives

Food, Inc

Hungry For Change 

The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue 

Vegan: Everyday Stories

Food Choices



Live and Let Live

Food Choices

Food Matters

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days


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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

How To Go Vegan: The why, the how, and everything you need to make going vegan easy

Going Vegan: The Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Transition to a Plant-Based Lifestyle by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie Adams

Going vegan: a healthy guide to making the switch
by Rau and Dana Meachen

Vegan Freak: being vegan in a non-vegan world by Torres, Bob.




Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin

Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Raw the Uncook Book by Juliano and Erika Lenkert

Peace & parsnips: adventurous vegan cooking for everyone by Watson, Lee, 1978-

Forks Over Knives The Cookbook by Del Sroufe

The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes That Will Change the Way You Eat

Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

Mayim’s Vegan Table by Mayim Bialik

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Modern Vegan Baking: The Ultimate Resource for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods by Gretchen Price

15 Minute Vegan: Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking
by Katy Beskow and Dan Jones

Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family
by Dan Shannon and Annie Shannon

Minimalist Baker Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz

Happy Cow Cookbook Recipes from Top Rated Vegan Restaurants Around the World by Eric Brent and Glen Merzer

Ripe from around here: a vegan guide to local and sustainable eating (no matter where you live) by Steele, Jae.

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.: All Vegan and Mostly Raw Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Laura Miller

Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you are vegan or new to veganism connect with me on Instagram and Twitter! @noshchefjulie 






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