1. Some people will be baffled.
But why would you want to go vegan? But what about bacon? Mostly these questions come from genuine confusion/intrigue rather than a bad place. Although veganism is becoming more and more mainstream, a lot of people do not know (or choose not to think about) what happens in the meat, dairy and egg industries. Some people may react with aggression - don't let them get you down.
2. Most people will be supportive.
Even if they don't fully understand, your friends and family will at least respect your reasons (whatever they are) for changing your lifestyle. They will even start to get involved - my mum loves telling me about vegan alternatives that she has read about, and sees it as a challenge to come up with new things to feed me!
3. You will eat a lot of party rings and oreos.
Ah, the 'accidentally vegan' snacks. Once people learn that these are safe for you to eat, you will be fed many of them. I'm certainly not complaining.
4. You won't be protein deficient.
Shock horror! Veg, beans, tofu, soya, vegan protein powder...sorted. Being vegan doesn't mean no gainz.
5. You will learn to hate milk powder and the fact that it is seemingly in EVERYTHING.
Whyyyy? A large proportion of crisps and snacks are now off the menu. Boo.
6. You will get very excited when you meet other vegans.
Swapping stories of the best vegan restaurants, which documentaries you've watched, favourite plant-based milks...they're a friendly bunch and it's nice to find people to chat to about all things vegan.
7. Everyone you know will tell you when new vegan products come out.
Did you hear that Greggs are selling a vegan sausage roll? Vegan Magnums? You will be tagged in all sorts of things on Instagram, and everyone will be very excited on your behalf. They will often try things themselves and proclaim 'It doesn't even taste vegan!'
8. You will feel awkward for asking for the vegan menu or making friends and family cook differently for you...but you'll soon get over it.
It doesn't phase other people as much as you think it does. Restaurants are perfectly equipped to cope with dietary requirements. My boyfriend was diagnosed with Coeliac disease when we were still at uni, so I have many years experience being those people who ask about ingredients and allergen menus! As for your friends and family, I refuse to believe that they wouldn't take your needs into consideration. After all, you'd do the same for them.
9. You will try lots of weird alternative baking ingredients...and might learn to love them.
Chickpea water meringues? Silken tofu in a cheesecake? What is this madness? A bit odd on the face of it, but seriously tasty in practice. You will also revel in telling people the strange secret ingredient in what they've just eaten (after they've polished it off, of course).
10. You will learn to love vegan cheese, in all it's weird rubbery glory.
Well, I did anyway. It took a while, but now I'll happily eat Violife slices straight out the packet (woops). There are also some brilliant small companies such as Kinda Co. who make all sorts of delicious nut-based cheese alternatives.
11. You probably won't even miss meat and dairy that much...
I was genuinely shocked at how easy it was to go vegan. To be fair, I was never the kind of person who ate rare steaks and needed to have meat with every meal. But I was a cheese lover and couldn't resist a cheeky Nandos or a chicken korma. Do I miss it? Not really. At least, not enough to ever go back.
12. You definitely won't be hungry.
No meat, no problem. You might have to get a bit more creative in the kitchen, but despite cutting out quite a few things on a vegan diet, there is still SO much food available to you. It's not all salad and hummus!
13. You will probably start to enjoy cooking more.
Because vegan is still a little bit niche and hipster, it's exciting to try new recipes, follow vegan influencers on Instagram and post your own #Vegan dinners. If you like to stick to step-by-step instructions there are some great vegan recipe books out there, but you will also probably find that winging it and inventing your own dinners is pretty fun too.
14. You won't miss out on junk food.
As well as all of the accidentally vegan biscuits and sweets in the supermarket, there are options at most chain restaurants, and loads of vegan fast food places. Burgers, pizzas and milkshakes are not a thing of the past when you go vegan!
15. You will be proud of yourself for choosing to help animals and the environment by eating more consciously.
And maybe even a little smug :)