My top tips for switching to plant based living

Hello and welcome to my blog! I don’t post as much as I’d like to, but I am trying to change that. I decided that my first post to get back into the groove would be on my top tips for switching to plant based living. I’m constantly getting questions through my Instagram page about veganism. Some of the top questions have been:

  • What’s the best way to start my transition?
  • What are some good resources (documentaries, books, videos, etc.)?
  • What do I eat?

I’m going to do my best to answer these for you today. Now – bear with me – I am not a professional. But I have spoken to professionals (doctors, nutritionists, researchers, professors, etc.) and there is tons of research out there to show you how to make the switch and reinforces why you are making a fantastic decision for not only your health, but for animals and the environment.

For me, the motivating factor behind my decision to switch to a plant based diet wasn’t just for health reasons. Health was a very minor portion. Yes – I wanted to feel and look better, but there was more to it. The main reason I decided to adopt this lifestyle was because of the mere fact that we raise billions of living, breathing, sentient animals  – which requires a massive amount of food, land, water and energy – just to kill and eat them. These animals are just like our pets in the ways that count. When you think about it like this, it just doesn’t make any sense. When I think back to the recent Olympics in South Korea, people were flipping out about the dog meat trade that was happening there. I get it – it is horrible! I also don’t like that it happens. I love dogs – they deserve to be free! But most of the people who were angry about it, still ate cows, chickens, pigs, baby lambs, rabbits, and fish! How can we get mad at another country for the same thing we are doing back home, just to other animals? We can’t. Because that is hypocritical. Some may say oh well dogs are just not for eating. Well, that’s also not true. We have formed these biases because of how we were raised. The video below explains this concept very well.

Now again – I understand that there are people around the world who live in remote areas and who don’t have the privilege that I have. They may not have access to certain foods, and it may be easier for them to eat other things. That is a whole other issue. I am specifically talking about those who can go to a grocery store and make a decision whether they want to support these industries or not. So if you are one of those people that care about the environment, want to help animals and would like to learn a new way of eating (that if done right can be very nourishing for the body), then I hope this blog post helps you in some way.

What’s the best way to start my transition?

I honestly don’t believe there is a right or wrong way to start. For me personally, I was vegetarian for a year before going vegan. It wasn’t until I did my research that I realized that I wanted to make the full switch. It then took me about one month to figure out that I was ready to take the plunge. I also know a number of people who switched to a vegan diet over night! Once they found out the horrors of the animal agriculture industry, they went full force and never looked back.

I think the best way is to do what feels right for YOU. Everyone is different. Everyone’s bodies are different. I think it is important to do it in our own time. One thing that I’ve learned is that you can’t force anyone to do anything. If they make the decision themselves and fully understand what they are getting into, they are much more likely to stick to it.

However – I do have some tips that may help your transition go a little smoother. The first thing I tell people when they approach me is to do your research. This is the most important thing EVER! If you switch to this lifestyle without understanding what you should to eat to get the nutrients you need, or you haven’t found a motivating factor to keep you going, then you are more likely to just go back to your old ways. Trust me – I used to be a meat lover. My favourite food was burgers. I used to work at McDonald’s and I loved chicken nuggets and cheesy nachos. But once I found my motivating factor – the animals and the environmental impact that raising livestock has on the planet – I was convinced that this was how I was supposed to live my life. Since my brain made that switch, I have never wanted to go back. Have I had small cravings for foods like spicy dorito’s or ice cream cake? Yes – I have. But my morals come first. I don’t want to contribute to those industries anymore. Plus, anything you can eat I can eat vegan. The plant based alternatives that are available today are I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! My boyfriend’s parents came to visit us in Vancouver and they tried vegan Chinese food and they said it was the best Chinese food they’ve ever had, and they also tried the Beyond Burger and said it tasted exactly like meat. The world is changing, more products are becoming available… it’s easier than you think!

But, how do you find your motivating factor? My suggestion is to read and watch as much as you can and be sure to ask questions. I honestly believe that if most people went through the entire list I’ve written out below, they would understand why I’ve chosen to live this way.

What are some good resources (documentaries, books, videos, etc.)?

Books to read:

  • Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The China Study – Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell
  • How Not to Die – Dr. Michael Gregor
  • The Starch Solution – Dr. John McDougall
  • World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony – Will Tuttle
  • Eat to Live – Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life – Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • Skinny Bitch – Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health – Alejandro Junger
  • Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do – Dr. Garth Davis and Dr. Howard Jacobson
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition – Dr. T. Collin Campbell
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Dr. Michael Pollan
  • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows – Dr. Melanie Joy
  • Diet for a New America – John Robbins
  • The Low Carb Fraud – Thomas Carlyle

Documentaries to watch: 

  • Cowspiracy
  • Earthlings
  • Forks Over Knives
  • Vegucated
  • Food Choices
  • Speciesism: The Movie
  • Food Matters
  • Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Eating You Alive
  • The Ghosts in Our Machine
  • Meet Your Meat
  • PlantPure Nation
  • Eating Our Way To Extinction
  • Okja (a movie not a documentary, but great)
  • What The Health
  • Dominion
  • Eating Animals
  • The Yoyo Effect
  • The Game Changers

Other videos to watch: 

*I will continue to updates these resources on an ongoing basis.

What do I eat?



The best advice I can give you when it comes to eating plant based is to make sure you are getting all of the nutrients you need. To do this – you must eat a well balanced diet. Reference the plate above if you get stuck.

There are two other great resources I would recommend when trying to figure out what to eat. The first is Dr. Gregors app called The Daily Dozen. You can find it on iTunes. Dr. Gregor wrote the book How Not to Die (which is one of the books I recommended that you read), and created the website that has over 1000 evidence-based videos on it. He create this app to help people get the healthiest foods/ food groups into their diet everyday. It’s very easy to use – and I personally find that when I do eat all of the recommended servings he suggests, I feel my best and most energized and I also don’t crave things like chips or sweets.


The second resource I’d like to talk about is a blog post my friend Anna Pippus wrote about the vegan bowl. What I love about her post is she makes vegan eating seem so simple – which it is once you get the hang of it! Anna says: “For the uninitiated, the bowl is a way of eating, the vegan response to the meat/vegetable/starch formula. A bowl typically consists of a grain, a legume, some vegetables, a sauce, and toppings of nuts, seeds, and/or herbs. It’s a fundamentally different approach to preparing meals than the one most of us grew up with. They’re fast and easy to put together, endlessly versatile, nutritious and delicious. 

So often when I talk to people about animal rights, I hear that the big barrier is not knowing how to change eating habits. People agree that animal cruelty is heartbreaking, nobody is looking forward to not having a hospitable home planet, and it’s undeniable that we’re eating more animal foods than is even healthy by conservative standards (three times more than our decade-old food guide recommends, actually). 

Learning any new habit can take a mental shift and a little guidance; thinking about dinner in a bowl format makes it easier to move towards plant-based eating.” 

To read her entire blog post (trust me, you want to!), click here. Anna is a fantastic human being, and is so knowledgable on this topic. I continuously learn from her and I hope that one day I can be as well-spoken as her! 🙂 Follow her on Instagram here. She has lots of delicious and easy recipes for you to try!

If you’ve gotten this far, I applaud you. *round of applause* I tend to ramble – but it’s because I genuinely love talking about the principles of veganism and plant based eating. If you truly are interested in making the switch, don’t hesitate to send me an email or comment on this post! I wish you the best. xx



Curried Lentil Potato Dhal

I am calling this dhal because of the consistency and ingredients? Could also be like a stew maybe? I am not sure. But what I do know is that this recipe is a 10/10. Super high protein because of the lentils, the potatoes keep you full and all of the spices together are just dreamy. It’s also not spicy if you are wondering.

This is a great meal prep idea. I made it at the beginning of the week and paired it with rice and salad greens. I try to eat greens with every meal, if not 2/3. The first reason is because they are so good for you and the second is they aid in digestion, especially with heavier cooked meals like this one. After eating this meal I didn’t feel sickly full, I actually had a lot of energy and felt great!

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 medium potatoes (chopped small)
  • 1 tsp ginger (I used the pre-minced one)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1.5 cups diced tomatoes (I used canned)
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Basmati rice (cooked)
  • Fresh greens


  1. In a medium-sized saucepan add the olive oil and heat on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute till translucent (3-4 minutes).
  2. Add the chopped potato and stir. Then add the ginger, chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and red curry paste. Stir and cook for about 5-7 minutes.Processed with VSCO with a4 preset
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  4. Leave on a low boil for around 10-12 minutes. This will help with cooking your potatoes. Continue to stir every few minutes so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  5. After this, lower the temperature to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Add in the lime juice and sea salt and pepper towards the end.
  7. In the meantime, cook your rice according to package. Mine takes 25 minutes so this is a perfect time to start.
  8. Once the potatoes are fork tender, it’s done! Serve with the basmati rice and fresh greens. Enjoy! xx

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Vegan Pesto Pasta

I used to eat pesto all of the time before going vegan. I would have it in stir-fry’s, pasta dishes, on pizza… the list goes on. When I learned that it had dairy in it I was super bummed until I  realized wait… I can veganize anything! Continue reading “Vegan Pesto Pasta”


Chocolate Caramel Slices

No-bake desserts are the best. They are straight-forward and easy to make, and they keep perfect in the freezer.  These chocolatey caramel peanut butter slices are a great thing to bring to a potluck or get together. No one will even know they are vegan!

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Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is my favourite thing to eat. It’s so comforting and satisfying. Especially creamy sweet potato and butternut squash soup.

I’ve tried to make this before, but was always scared it wouldn’t turn out like the ones I’ve had in restaurants. My main concern was cutting the squash, but it was surprisingly easy. All you have to do is cut the top and bottom off, peel the entire squash, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and then cut it into small cubes!

You can either eat the soup as your main course, as a side, or even on top of rice! I’ve tried all three ways and it’s delicious.

Makes: 4-5 servings

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 3 cups sweet potato (diced)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1.5 cups vegetable broth
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Lightly toss the butternut squash cubes and garlic cloves in a drop of vegetable oil. Then bake at 400F for 25 minutes (flipping halfway).
  2. In a large pot, add the olive oil to medium heat.
  3. Add the onion. Fry for a few minutes (until translucent).
  4. Add the sweet potato, followed by the curry powder, nutmeg and ginger. Fry for a few minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth and cook for 7-8 minutes.
  6. When the butternut squash and garlic is done, add it to your pot. Mix everything together.
  7. Add the coconut milk, followed by the remainder of the vegetable broth (1 cup).
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Bring to a boil and cook on medium-high until the sweet potato is fork tender.
  10. Remove the soup off of the heat. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until thick and creamy, with no lumps. If you don’t have an immersion blender, wait for the soup to cool down, transfer to a blender, blend until smooth and creamy and transfer back to a pot and heat until it is at your desired temperature.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry

I seriously am in love with this stir-fry dish. The sauce is so flavourful and delicious. I’ve made it a few times this week because it’s just too good.

It’s super easy to make and it’s a great meal to have if you are on a time crunch. Anything these days can be veganized if you think outside the box!

Makes: 2 servings (Use all of the sauce if making 4 servings)

What you’ll need:

  • Vermicelli noodles
  • 1/2 block tofu (cubed)
  • 1 pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 an onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 4.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sriracha

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Cut your tofu into cubes and place on a baking sheet that’s been covered in parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes (flipping halfway).
  3. Chop up your pepper and onion.
  4. In a food processor, mince your garlic. Then add the remainder of the sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth (there should be no lumps).
  5. Cook your noodles according to the package.
  6. In a large pan, add the sesame oil. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can use olive oil (or water for an oil-free option).
  7. Sauté the onion and pepper until the onion is soft and translucent. This should take around 4-5 minutes.
  8. Add the tofu and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Then add half of the peanut sauce mixture you made to the pan. Let cook for a minute.
  10. Add the drained vermicelli noodles to the pan and mix until it is thoroughly coated in the sauce.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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Fishless Tacos & Vegan Tartar Sauce

The first year I went vegan I ate mostly a whole foods plant based diet. I never tried the faux meats because meat grossed me out and I felt the texture was too similar.  Continue reading “Fishless Tacos & Vegan Tartar Sauce”


West African Jollof

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Chocolate Banana Nice-Cream

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Chickpea Burgers

Chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. They are packed with fibre, calcium and vitamin K, and they are low in sodium which is good for managing blood pressure.  Continue reading “Chickpea Burgers”


Chili Cheeze Nachos

*lights dim* “Hallelujah, hallelujahhhhhhHHhhh” I’ve died and been reincarnated into a nacho chip. Ok I’m a tad dramatic, but these nachos DESERVE DRAMA because they are SO. GOOD.  Continue reading “Chili Cheeze Nachos”


Easy Hummus

Zack Marker runs the food blog Stuff on Toast and is here to tell you about his favourite hummus recipe. It’s easy and it’s delicious!  Continue reading “Easy Hummus”


Black Bean Burgers

Veggie burgers are probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Kidding but kind of not? Continue reading “Black Bean Burgers”


Coconut Chickpea Curry

I have curry at least once a week. If I don’t – people may be like “are you ok?” because I am seriously obsessed. It’s the perfect comfort food because it is warm on your belly, it’s delicious and healthy!  Continue reading “Coconut Chickpea Curry”


Creamy Mac & Cheeze

I feel like mac and cheese is something everyone grew up with. It was an easy and delicious thing to make, so it was a go-to for some people. Continue reading “Creamy Mac & Cheeze”


Blueberry Banana Muffins

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Kale Caesar Salad

Megan Frisk is a vegan blogger from Vancouver, British Columbia. You can find more of her delicious recipes here

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

When I say these chocolate chip cookies are easy… I mean you probably could make them with your eyes closed. Ok, I may be a bit dramatic… but they are seriously easy! Plus, they are probably the best vegan cookies I’ve ever made. *takes a bow*  Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies”


Four Layer Taco Dip

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Mango Carrot Smoothie

Carrots are the best. They are good in stir-fries, as a snack (especially one for my dog, she loves them raw), and as a side with potatoes. I’ve even used carrots in a vegan cheese sauce. Yup, you heard that. It was super good too! Continue reading “Mango Carrot Smoothie”


Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Normally I start my day with either a big smoothie, a smoothie bowl or oatmeal. When I have more time in the morning’s I’ll make myself some pancakes.  Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Pancakes”


Mean Green Smoothie

It’s so important to get your greens in but sometimes that can be hard. My favourite way to do this is to juice some vegetables and then add them to my smoothie!  Continue reading “Mean Green Smoothie”


Carrot Cake

When I went vegan I figured that baked goods were a no-go. How could I possibly make them without eggs and milk? Will they rise the same? Will the batter taste gross? Continue reading “Carrot Cake”


Veggie Tacos

I could actually eat tacos everyday for the rest of my life. They are so satisfying to me because they have my favourite things. Hot sauce? YUP! Guac? Obviously. Rice? Give me more please.

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Simple Veggie Pizza

Pizza is literally the best thing ever. Before going vegan I would smother mine in meat and cheese, but whenever I finished eating it I would always feel bloated and sick. Continue reading “Simple Veggie Pizza”