More on transitioning to a more healthier YOU!

If you are reading this blog, most likely you are:

  1. vegan
  2. considering transitioning to plant based diet
  3. currently transitioning to a vegan/plant based diet
  4. wanting to incorporate more whole foods into your diet

So if you are any one of these things, you may find this post, of interest. It’s from a blog that I think is great, a woman who chronicles her journey of taking her health back through dietary and lifestyle changes. It’s of particular interest to me because she addresses gluten, soy, and tree nut, among other allergy concerns. Anyway, I thought she articulates beautifully some of the struggles we encounter as we try to figure out how to best care for and operate the bodies that are ours.

Because there is a fairly large learning curve in transitioning to a whole foods plant-based diet (especially an oil-free diet), many people go through the cycle of excitement and commitment, but then they become overwhelmed because of too much or too little information, lack of support or help, ect. and throw in the towel. This is extremely unfortunate and really not necessary as there are a TON of sites dedicated to healthy vegan education.

One such site that I stumbled upon that may be helpful for you includes a tool that will be of great benefit to you, I’m sure. It’s called Vegan at Heart, and borrows from the philosophy of the Fly Lady (the cleaning/organization lady), and breaks things down into baby steps. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I’m finding all of these things years after I could have really used them, but hey, maybe they can be of great help to you.

To access this go to:, then click on the Programs & Services tab, and click on the Vegan at Heart option.

As I’ve said before there are oodles and oodles of resources at your fingertips via the web on how to transition and incorporate a vegan diet. It’s almost overwhelming, but it’s just a matter of plugging in and beginning to take action.

Don’t do nothing because you cannot do everything. Just do something, and you’ll be amazed at the results that will follow!


  1. Keeley
    on November 17, 2010 at 3:51 am said:

    Just signed up for vegan @ heart missions. Oh boy. What have I got myself in for and how far down the rabbit…um, I mean tofurky…hole am I going to go? Well, at the very least it will encourage me to prepare healthy meals for the family, right? =)

  2. Vegan Mothering
    on April 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm said:

    Howard: With my kids, I will teach them the principles and at home we eat this way. When they go off to school and begin to make their own choices, they will have a solid foundation to make the right decisions. The best teacher is example. You’ve inspired me to do a post sometime soon about this topic. Thanks for the comment.Ann: I just posted some before/after pics. Are you vegan? Or just interested in eating better?

  3. ann
    on April 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm said:

    Hey! I’m a new reader and like your blog. I’m LDS, too. I’m still looking around and reading! Have you posted any before/after pictures of before you became a whole foodie? You look awesome now! Great post.

  4. StephenOlsonFamily
    on April 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm said:

    Hey Howard- I saw your comment, so I decided to post. I beleive it’s a lot easier to get your kids to eat healthy when you start day one. For example my near 3 year old was given a choice today of chocolate cake and fruit on a stick. (we were at a reception) She chose the fruit. This isn’t to say that she would always choose the fruit, but she’s used to it and her palate hasn’t been bombarded by refined sugars or excessive salt. You give them all the choices and vegan varieties at home, and hopefully when they are away, they will choose the best for them. I like to compare it to getting your child to do their homework. It’s not like you say it one time, and they do it for life. They need reminding. Although they might not beable to grasp the importance now, they are learning (whether they know it or not) the importance of educating themselves. Hopefully when they are on their own, they will make good choices. And they should feel the difference.

  5. Howard Veit
    on April 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm said:

    This is a little off-topic, but as a young mother I am wondering how you intend to raise your child(ren) to eat healthfully. My children are already grown and I missed the opportunity. One son is vegetarian, but the other two, not good. I would be interested in your approach to your family.