Transitioning to Veganism

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association and many health practitioners recognize that a healthy plant-based diet is nutritionally adequate for all stages of life, and for athletic performance. Below are resources that can help you along the way to eating plant-based.

Plant Based Eating

By Any Greens Necessary
Tracye McQuirter offers online vegan nutrition education and video demos.

Download Tracye McQuirter’s African American Vegan Starter Guide HERE.

Plant Based Dietitian
Classes, counseling, meal plans, video demos and books

Dr. Michael Greger
Books, videos, DVDs and other resources

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Resources on general nutrition and nutrition for health conditions, including a 21-day Vegan Kickstart program.  The Physicians Committee combines the expertise of more than 12,000 physicians to provide resources on health education and ethical medical research.

Nutrition Facts.org
An extensive resource guide to the latest information on plant-based nutrition.

Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
Profiles vegan athletes, their training and nutrition. Plant-based personal trainer directory.

Veganism is Ethical

The practice of veganism goes beyond eating plant-based meals.  Please check out these resources to understanding the practice of veganism.

Why Veganism?
The Advocacy of Veganism Society’s website on understanding reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle.

Watch this VIDEO about the secret reason why people eat meat
Great video, by Dr. Melanie Joy that gives insight to why people eat some animals but not others.

Vegan Outreach Mentor Program
Vegan Outreach offers a mentor program, as well as other resources to guide you through the proces

Animal Behavior – How Are They Like Us?

Second Nature
Jonathan Balcombe has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee. He has published over 45 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection.

Farm Sanctuary
Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.  Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization.  Videos and stories about the individual lives and personalities of rescued farm animals and conditions they endured.

Animal Place
Founded in 1989, Animal Place’s California animal shelters fills a much-needed niche of farm animal rescue, sanctuary, education and adoption. Videos and stories about the individual lives and personalities of rescued farm animals and conditions they endured.

Vine Sanctuary
VINE Sanctuary offers refuge to animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy and egg industries or other injurious circumstances, such as cockfighting and zoos. Sanctuary residents include chickens, cows, ducks, doves, geese, pigeons, sheep, emus and even a few parakeets.

Vegan Shopping

VegNews
Recipes, shopping, travel and more.

One Green Planet
Nutrition, recipes, beauty care, home and garden, animal videos, and more.

Leaping Bunny
Guide to products by companies that do not test on animals.

Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List is available as a free application for your smart phone. This app provides a list of companies that make vegan products containing chocolate that do not buy their chocolate from areas where slavery can still be found.

Other Resources

What you Need to Know to Avoid Leather Shoes.

COVAC views veganism as a journey to reducing unnecessary suffering that affects both human and nonhuman beings, including our ecosystem.  We recognize the importance of understanding ways in which oppressive systems, such as racism, classism, sexism and lack of access to healthy plant-based foods, are interconnected, complex and simultaneously affect each person’s journey. The practice of veganism is about practicing and advocating for compassionate living for both human and non-human beings.