My husband and I have now been vegan for over 3 years and I can safely say that I think we’ve got the hang of it! Now I’m just waiting for one of us to decide to go raw 😉 I’m telling you, lifestyle changes are like tattoos- you can’t just get one!
A few books that helped me on my way (I love reading lists!) are:
1. “The Vegan Table” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (amazing go-to cookbook) 2. “Vegan with a Vengeance” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (another amazing go-to cookbook) 3. “Becoming Vegan” by Brenda Davis (my go-to book for nutritional advice) 4. “Dominion” by Matthew Scully (for those wanting a Christian perspective on veganism) 5. “Vegan Freak” by Bob and Jenna Torres (for a slightly more political and thoroughly enjoyable read).
There are many, many more but this should get you started!
I should note that when we decided to start thinking about having a family the first thing I did was get bloodwork done. If you are thinking about getting pregnant I cannot state the importance of this enough! Going into this pregnancy knowing that I had no vitamin deficiencies and, in fact, had beautiful vitamin stores for my baby to pull from meant that it was easy to sweep away the fear (or accusation) that veganism might be hurting my baby. Years of veganism meant that I had become well-read on sources of B12, folic acid, calcium, protein, and any other vitamin or mineral that people might throw at you. I am not a dietician, doctor, or anyone who can actually offer professional advice, but I cannot recommend “Becoming Vegan” enough for exactly that reason! You don’t have to be a doctor to do this right- you just have to have a basic understanding of what your body needs to function at its highest potential. This is something everyone should know! Definitely give this book a hard look.
I’d love to say that I changed my life in some dramatic way in preparation for pregnancy but the truth is that if you’re living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and eating nutrient-dense food, there really isn’t a lot of preparation needed. I would recommend weaning yourself off caffeine at an early stage (trust me on this one!) and trying to eliminate as much processed food from your diet as possible, but I’d recommend that even if you weren’t trying to get pregnant. Isn’t it amazing that we do so much harm to ourselves without a second thought but the moment a baby comes into the picture we suddenly turn around? Talk to me about Dr. Pepper some time, I dare you 🙂
Tune in next time for a list of my favorite pregnancy books! Most of them are devoted entirely to vegan pregnancy! The times they are a changin’, my friends…