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One of the first things people ask me for are vegan menus. If you've eaten one way your entire life, it can be really confusing and overwhelming to think about a total overhaul.
When I first went from vegetarian to vegan, I had enough time to be able to gather cookbooks, do research on the internet, and really play around with my food to get to know it better. A lot of people just don't have that time.
If you're super busy and truly want to change your diet but just don't know where to get started, this page is for you.
What's great is that once you get a feel for what a balanced vegan diet looks like and what recipes fit well with others to create vegan menus, you will be able to do this in your sleep. Not using a cookbook is liberating.
What I've found is that people typically tend to fall into one of two categories, people who cook and people who absolutely never cook.
Even if you've never done it before, of course I believe anyone can learn to cook a few basic meals. However, I did put together some vegan menus for people who eat out all the time (not judging!), just to give you an idea of how easy it can be to eat vegan, whenever, wherever.
People Who Cook
The first vegan menu plan is made for people who are comfortable cooking and just need to know what to make as a vegan.
This one comes with a grocery list that shows you exactly what to buy for the weekly meals.
People Who Don't Cook
The second vegan meal plan is for people who either don't have the time, energy, or interest in making their own meals.
You will still need a small amount of things at home, so here's this grocery list.
Vegan Meals for Fall and Winter
This vegan menus ebook walks you through a month of vegan dinners that focus on the vegetables available during the fall and winter. It comes with weekly grocery lists and nutritional information for each recipe, as well as many pictures.
Vegan Meals for Spring and Summer
The spring meal plans are the same as the fall, but with a focus on warm-weather vegetables like tomatoes, corn, peppers, melons, berries, and summer squash. It also has grocery lists, nutritional info, and pictures.
As you start buying food and preparing to change to a vegan diet, it's best not to think of this as a diet. It's more of a lifestyle change. These menus should help give you direction, and then once you understand the concept behind balancing vegan meals, you can make your own menus.
You can eat as much food as you want, as long as it's the right kind of food. Now, that doesn't mean you should gorge yourself until you are stuffed.
A lot of people think they will never be full if they don't eat meat and dairy products, but believe me, you will get full. And you don't need to stuff yourself to do that.
Eat until you are full, and give your body some time to figure out if it's full. I read that it takes about 15 minutes for your body to register the food in it and then send signals to your brain about whether it needs more. So, take your time. Eat, relax, enjoy, and then if you want, eat more.
Far too many people have stopped listening to their bodies when it comes to food. If something makes your stomach upset after you eat it, don't eat it!
If you are hungry, eat.
If you are not hungry, don't eat.