The 16 Stages of Going Vegan

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Posted November 13, 2013 by peta2 staff

1. You’ve spent your entire life relying on this theory:

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It’s OK—we forgive you. But seriously, what were you thinking?

2. So when you see this, you just laugh:

3. But then you start thinking, “Wait, what if these people are actually right?”

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4. You manage to push the thought aside, but days later, you stumble onto a video about factory farming.


You cry for about 12 minutes straight, then decide that you want to help animals by going vegan.

5. But WTF does that even mean?

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6. You’re a little intimidated at first, but the food in the photos looks delicious, so you decide to give it a try anyway.

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7. You tell your friends on Facebook, and their reaction is: “WUT?”

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8. You tell your family members, and they immediately label it as a phase.

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Whatever. You’ll prove them wrong.

9. But then dinner time rolls around, and you can’t think of anything to make. 

                                                                                Photo by: Dave Gingrich | CC by 2.0

10. You start freaking out, but then you remember reading that Oreos are vegan.

You survived this night.

11. But what are you going to have for breakfast? Human beings can’t survive on Oreos alone!

You decide to make your first trip to the grocery store in search of vegan goods. And then it happens: You see the window with the most beautiful view!

vegan meat in grocery store

Who would’ve thought that your local grocery store sold vegan meat?!

12. You start discovering magical vegan products that just blow your mind.

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Every time someone opens a jar of Vegenaise, a baby unicorn gets wings.

13. Your friends are impressed that you’ve lasted so long, but they decide to test you by inviting you out to eat. But you’re not even worried because you’re quickly becoming a master at finding vegan food anywhere.

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Check out our vegan restaurant guide!

14. Thanks to you, one of your friends decided to give being vegan a try, and you’re like:

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“Dude, nutritional yeast will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!”

15. You master answering every vegan myth question imaginable.

“But what the f*ck do vegans eat?!”


“People can’t be vegan. I mean, where will you get your protein from?”


Oh, and this chart pretty much sums all of them up: 

vegan pie chart

16. You realize that helping animals was the best decision that you ever could’ve made.

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Not vegan? This is your chance!

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  • Profile photo of HanineM48

    1106 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Step 11 and 12 sadly don’t work for people who live in Lebanon like me 🙁 however, we do have a few newly opened vegan restaurants.

  • 1106 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I would like to go vegan but I’m also celiac. Is it still possible without being ridiculously difficult?

  • Profile photo of hakred

    1108 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    16 – absolutely.

  • Profile photo of Soillse

    1111 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Sounds about right, apart from the first one. I became veggie as soon as I figured out meat was dead animals. Veganism took me a while longer. Did you know oreos aren’t vegan in europe? I’m sad – got excited when I thought they were. 🙁

  • 1114 days ago

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  • Profile photo of ichklick

    1114 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I love this article. This is more or less what I went through.

  • 1114 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    we are not gorillas. we are predators. having said that most of the population is too out of shape to be effective predators anymore, however for the ones of us who are not, we will eat as much meat as we want

    • Profile photo of Veggiebell

      1050 days ago

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


      Why are you on this website then?

  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    1115 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Sounds about right.

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