Top 10 Tips For a First-Time Vegan

Last year, I decided to go vegan for an entire month, chronicling my thoughts, challenges, health, and weight the entire time. I thought it’d be a fun exercise, that perhaps I’d gain some insight into my own diet and into the lives of those who live, well, a little differently than the rest of us.

I never expected it to become one of the most popular features of the year. Heck, the most popular recipe I developed last year was for Vegan Burgers That Don’t Suck(It’s true, they don’t!).

So by overwhelming demand (mostly by my wife, myself, and a few very vocal readers), I’m doing it all again this year, developing 28 brand new recipes, learning from my mistakes, and surely making a few more in the process. Not only that, but this year I’m bringing a few other folks along for the ride. My wife is planning on going 100% vegan for the month, and maintaining a 100% vegetarian lifestyle for the entire year that follows. Serious Eats National Managing Editor Erin Zimmer is going vegan for the month as well, a tough decision knowing how much she loves eggs and yogurt! Heck, even avowed Serious Eats Overlord Ed Levine, an avowed meat lover and former vegan-scoff-at’er will be joining us for a full week this time ’round.

I’ve got a lot of experiences planned this time around, and I’ll be going out of my way to place myself in as many typical and unusual situations where veganism may affect my choices as possible. Cooking vegan food for a house full of 20 friends for an entire weekend (will they complain?). Heading out for dinner with a meat-loving New York chef. Dining out everywhere from fast food establishments to meat-heavy fancy-pants restaurants to dedicated vegan joints of all price ranges and levels of hippiedom.

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