If you’ve ever considered adopting a vegan diet, there is no better time than right now. Gone are the days of weird meat substitutes and lack of choices – thanks to all of the special diets that people are following these days, going vegan is easier than ever. Whether you’re turning to veganism for ethical reasons, concern for the environment, or simply to become healthier, here things to keep in mind. Take it slow. Transitioning to a vegan diet can be difficult for many people. If you’re still eating meat, consider eating vegetarian before going completely vegan. Your body won’t respond well to rapid changes in diet, so instead, slowly reduce your consumption of animal products. Instead of eating meat three times a week, cut back to two. Then swap out your cow’s milk for almond milk. By gradually transitioning to a vegan diet, you’ll give your body plenty of time to adjust. Know your protein. Most omnivores consume far more protein than they actually need. But if you’re used to relying on meat and fish as your primary sources of protein, then you’ll still need to educate yourself on plant-based sources. Tofu, tempeh, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, and nuts are all great vegan sources of protein – and there’s plenty more where that came from. You might consider using a calorie counting app to track your protein intake at first, to ensure that you’re getting enough. Read vegan food blogs. Blogging in general has exploded in popularity over the past several years, and they occupy just about every niche you could imagine. There are tons of vegan food blogs that offer tips on transitioning to a vegan diet and recipes to help you get started. These resources are not only helpful, but are also completely free (which is why you might read up on blogs before you buy a bunch of cookbooks). Not sure where to start? Check out Bloglovin’ or Feedly to find the most popular vegan food blogs. Make a game plan. Going out to restaurants or over to a friend’s house for dinner might be a little more challenging than it once was. It’s a good idea to have a game plan before the event, especially in the beginning of your transition. If you’re going out to dinner, check the menu ahead of time and see what’s vegan or can be easily made vegan. Heading to a friend’s? Let her know about your diet change ahead of time, and offer to bring a vegan dish of your own to share. Go easy on yourself. Going vegan means making huge changes to your diet. It’s important to be patient and go easy on yourself as you make the transition. If you accidentally have a dish made with chicken broth (or not-so-accidentally eat a BLT), don’t beat yourself up. You’re already working wonders for both your health and the environment simply by subtracting some animal products from you diet. It will get easier as time goes on, but in the meantime, all is not lost if you make a mistake. Going vegan can seem intimidating at first, but there are so many resources to help you along the way – and vegan food is more delicious than it’s ever been!