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7. Technology helps you over hurdles.

8 Technology helps you over hurdles.

If you have a smartphone, there are some helpful and very affordable apps that can take much of the pesky guesswork out of your vegan practice. I was late to the app train, but now that I am on it, I am fully aboard. The ones with asterisks are ones that I can personally vouch for; the others are recommendations from my friends in the vegan community. You can get any of these by searching their names in your device's app store.

*HappyCow ($3.99): The big kahuna of vegan dining options, this is the very handy app version of the beloved website, pointing you to all the vegan options in your vicinity – listing restaurants, markets and shops - and handily merges with your phone’s map to take you right there. This app is worth the price many times over, especially when traveling.

Vanilla Bean (free): A newcomer to the vegan app scene, Vanilla Bean will connect you with some 23,000 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants around the world, and also allows you to search for gluten-free, lactose-free and raw options, plus you can get directions, view and post photos and read or write reviews.

Veganagogo ($2.99): Are you afraid that being vegan will a dent in your globetrotting? Never fear. This handy app helps you to communicate your vegan dietary needs with simple but straightforward phrases in more than 50 languages.

Forks Over Knives ($4.99): The companion app to the film that changed – and saved – so many lives, this award-winning app offers more than 300 heart-healthy, plant-based recipes from more than 20 chefs with new recipes added each week.

Is it Vegan? ($4.99) - This mobile tool app scans ingredient labels for you and identifies animal products.

*VeganXPress ($1.99): a very useful app for finding vegan food at chain and fast food restaurants as well as a beer, wine, liquor guide.

Vegan Surprise (.99): Tired of the same ol', same ol'? Let this app chose your restaurant for you.

Vegaholic (iPhone - $1.99) or Vegan Wine (Android free): Looking for wines, beers and liquors that are free of animal-based derivatives? These apps will help you to get tipsy without guilt. Now you can get your drink on without also imbibing eggs, fish bladders, etc.

Cruelty-Cutter (free) – Another app scanner to help you identify companies that do and do not use animal testing.

The Chocolate List (free): This handy free app from the Food Empowerment Project helps you to find human slavery-free cocoa products when you get a chocolate craving. Please note that not all companies listed are vegan.

Food Monster (free): With more than 5,000 recipes and ten new ones added each day, One Green Planet’s Food Monster is the biggest vegan food app.

Leaping Bunny (free): A helpful tool for determining animal testing standards for products and companies. Please be mindful that this does not scan for animal ingredients, merely for animal testing, so something may have a Leaping Bunny approval while not being vegan. Bizarre, yes, I know.

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart (free): PCRM’s famous app gives people tools, recipes and support through that challenging first few weeks.

Nutrition Facts’ Daily Dozen (free): Dr. Michael Greger’s app is a handy checklist of the twelve healthiest foods to include in your daily diet.

Responsible Eating and Living (free): Hundreds of recipes as well as podcasts, travelogues and more from masterful communicator (and longtime vegan) Caryn Hartglass and her partner, Gary De Mattai.

African American Vegan Starter Guide (free): By Any Greens Necessary’s Tracye McQuirter, MPH, in partnership with Farm Sanctuary, has created this gorgeous free PDF and paper guide with more than 40 information-packed pages, including lots of recipes and helpful articles.

Vegan Alternatives (free): This highly-rated app for Android offers over 200 plant-based replacements of nearly 40 animal-based “ingredients,” walking users through easily replacing everything from bacon to cream in recipes.

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Intro: Welcome new vegan!
1. Finding your way in an imperfect world
2. Make peace with making mistakes
3. Find community
4. Don't overload on disturbing videos and content
5. Develop your vegan voice and assertiveness
6. Stay strong against social pressure and gain resilience as a vegan
7. Learn how to cook, even just a little
8. Technology helps you over hurdles
9. Listen to vegan podcasts
10. Take advantage of other resources
11. The health benefits of a plant-based diet
12. Don't let yourself get famished
13. Expect that your digestive system might take a little while to get straightened out
14. Untangle and tame food cravings
15. Dining out as a vegan
16. A primer on vegan kitchen appliances, tools & gadgets
17. Bring joy to your vegan practice

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