We browsed through loads of posts to find the best comments from veteran and baby vegans alike.
Just Get Your Feet Wet"Start slow. If you are afraid of reverting back to omnivore status, or aren't sure if you can handle a full vegan diet then eliminate one thing at a time. Dairy was the last to go for me and it wasn't easy. Now I don't even crave it." KasaiRyane
Keep an Eye on Essential Nutrients"You absolutely must either take a B12 supplement or eat an adequate amount of foods fortified with B12. B12 comes from bacteria and you won't find it in un-fortified plant-based foods." Vulpyne
Questions Aren't Always Bad"You WILL encounter a lot of curiosity regarding your diet. Don't take it as an argument--most people are genuinely curious. You've got to remember that vegetarianism is so adversarial to everything we were taught growing up. It really is new to many people!" ElectricZeal
Learn About Cooking/New Techniques"If you don't already cook, start! It's not as hard as people make it out to be, you just need to make a little time, follow directions, and pay attention. If you do cook, try more challenging things and make everything you can from scratch (your own seitan, tofu, broth, etc.). It's really rewarding and who doesn't like to eat?" BurningTheAltar
It Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg"Keep it simple with rice, legumes, plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables, beans etc. Buy in bulk! I buy various legumes in bulk, soak in the morning and by dinner time [they are] ready to throw in lentil bolognese, an Indian curry, etc. You can blend frozen fruit to make ice cream, and coconut milk is a great substitute for regular milk in a lot of recipes." Witchdoctorpixie
Save time and money by quick-soaking dried beans: