OK, so you've considered the benefits and potential challenges to going vegan, and you might give it a try.  Here are a few tips to getting started with a plant-based vegan lifestyle.

Evaluate your current lifestyle.

Review your typical eating plan. Look at all of the food you already have in your house and read the ingredients in every single thing you typically cook with, eat, and drink.

Keep, use, or donate?

Now that you have reviewed everything in your cupboards, refrigerator, freezer (even that extra one in your garage), and pantry (and your secret cookie stash bin) it’s time to make a choice – keep it, use it OR donate it. If the ingredients are all vegan-friendly and work, that’s an easy one – KEEP IT! If the products are not vegan-friendly, then you have a more difficult decision – toss/use it (already open/partially used) or donate it (brand new/unopened). There are a lot of organizations throughout the country that permit food donation, so do some research and find a local spot you can take these products to for use in your community! Now, if you have foods that are already open/partially used and you want to use them until the product is gone so you’re not losing money or wasting resources, that's ok too. This is a judgment-free zone!

Finding the best vegan food.

Getting Started on Vegan

To find great vegan foods and vegan-friendly restaurants, we recommend you search social media for celebrities or influencers who have committed to a vegan lifestyle and share their tips and tricks, trainers, fitness gurus, nutritionists, and communities that promote and live a plant-based lifestyle. People share recipes, recommend cookbooks, review restaurants, etc. all on social media. Most restaurant sites, like OpenTable and Yelp, have options to search; type in “vegan” and you’ll be met with a variety of options from full vegan-only restaurants to restaurants that serve vegan-friendly choices. So the information is literally a click away. In addition, when searching for vegan-friendly foods in the supermarket, packaging and ingredient lists can sometimes be misleading. Find a good online resource to assist with your shopping list and label reading, like the one Veganary provides here.  

Here are a few national and international vegan organizations you might be interested in as well.

Vegan Organizations

Time.

Time isn’t always on our side, but if we plan ahead, and make the commitment to do something, we can often accomplish more than we thought was even possible. One of the key’s to any new diet or lifestyle change is giving yourself time to prepare and make the foods you need AND giving the lifestyle itself time to work and show the performance and health benefits. For food prep, we suggest making as much of your vegan staples ahead of time and incorporate them into your daily meals each week. As for the latter - be patient. Be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself for the little hiccups that may happen along the way.

Find a community.

Seek out fellow vegans in your community – at work, at school, in your neighborhood. Surrounding yourself with others of like-mind can be so beneficial, especially when you are at the beginning and learning the ways of your plant-based lifestyle. Seeking advice and guidance from others struggling or succeeding can help you create your own path.

Forgive and accept.

Transition is difficult for anyone, in any situation. Transitioning from a traditional diet to veganism is no different. There is likely going to be a grieving process; really! Every one of us has a favorite food, or maybe several favorite foods. Those foods may not be vegan, in fact they likely aren’t. So you will likely need to say goodbye to your favorite meal or dessert or snack. But this is where steps 3 and 5 come in handy. There are a lot of alternative options available in the market today; here are just a few examples to help you go from processed foods to more nutrient rich options...

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key attributes of a Truth Bar?

Truth Bars are functional nutrition bars with many key attributes. They were the first bars with both prebiotics and probiotics; they are high in fiber (13-14g); low in sugar (4-5g); contain a full day's supply of Omega-3 from white chia seed (250mg); and are made from natural, real food ingredients with no fillers. They are gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, soy-free and all 200 calories or less. Truth Bars contain premium, mostly organic ingredients such as organic extra virgin coconut in our coconut bars. Truth Bars come in both Vegan and Non-Vegan varieties. Best of all, Truth Bars continue to receive mostly five stars for great taste!

Questions About Prebiotics and Probiotics:

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics are good bacteria in your digestive system that help to keep your gut healthy and that make a beneficial contribution to your overall health.

What is a prebiotic?

Prebiotics are indigestible fibers that come mainly from certain plant foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics together?

Prebiotics feed the probiotics to help them thrive and work longer in your body. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced, healthy microbiome.

How much probiotic is in each Truth Bar?

1 Billion CFU's.

What is the strain of probiotic used in Truth Bars?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has extensive studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastrointestinal issues, bloating, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. This spore-producing bacteria remains dormant in the package and on grocery store shelves, but becomes activated once eaten.  This hardy bacteria strain has a protective shell that helps it survive the acid and bile in your stomach so that it can reach your intestines unharmed.  Once there, the low ph and moisture in your intestines allows it to activate and multiply rapidly.   This is especially true when it has prebiotics there to feed it.

Questions about ingredients:

How are Truth Bars sweetened?

In order to achieve a balance between sweetness and low sugar, Truth Bars are sweetened by a combination of natural sweeteners and real food ingredients.

How many grams of sugar do Truth Bars have?

The number of grams of sugar ranges from 4 grams per bar in the Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar to 5 grams per bar in the rest of the Truth Bar flavors.

Are Truth Bars Made With All-Natural Ingredients?

Yes. Truth Bars are made with 100% all-natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, and no fillers. Truth Bar ingredients are also non-GMO.

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

Two Truth Bar flavors are vegan. Our Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.

Three of our Truth Bars are protein based (10g per bar) and non-vegan. Our Chocolate Almond Crunch, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein, whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

Yes. All Truth Bars are 100% gluten free.

Are Truth Bars soy free?

Yes. Though often found in chocolate, the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of soy. (the chocolate coating itself is also sugar free)

Are Truth Bars dairy and lactose free?

Truth Bar's vegan bars (Dark Chocolate Coconut and Chocolate Raspberry Coconut) are dairy and lactose free. Truth Bar's protein bars contain both Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate.  These whey proteins contain a small percentage of lactose.

What about other allergens?

 If you have allergies, please read the food ingredients on the label carefully or talk to your nutritionist, allergist, or doctor about what is best for you. Also note that though not every Truth Bar contains these ingredients, they are made on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soy and dairy.

 Are Truth Bars kosher?

Yes. They are certified OU Kosher by the Orthodox Union. 

What is the source of Omega-3's?

Truth Bars contain Omega-3s from white chia seed.

Do Truth Bars contain MCT (medium chain triglyceride) Oil?

MCT Oil can be found in four of our bars: Chocolate Raspberry Coconut, Dark Chocolate Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Almond Crunch.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch contains no MCT oil.

 Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

You can find a full list of ingredients on each bar’s label and product page on truthbar.com. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab on each product page.

Where can I find nutrition information?

Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages on truthbar.com. Just click the third tab.

You can also find information on the ingredient page on truthbar.com that outlines key ingredients and their benefits.

Truth Bars & Popular Diets:

Are Truth Bars Keto Friendly?

Keto diets are very low in carbs, high in fat, ideally higher in fiber, and have some balanced amount of protein. The strictest Keto diets require very low to almost no carbs. Truth Bars would not be ideal for the strictest keto diet. But if you are looking for a snack option for a basic or moderate keto diet, Truth Bar's Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch bar is a great choice -- high in fiber (13g), high in healthy fat (12g), moderate protein (10g) and relatively lower net carbs (6g).

How many Weight Watchers points does a Truth Bar have?

Truth Bars have approximately 8-9 points per bar.

Are Truth Bars Paleo Friendly?

Paleo diets in their strictest form include foods that hunter-gatherers would have eaten. This means no foods that were not available to them (like sugar, processed foods, artificial ingredients) and lots of fruits, grains and lean protein. Paleo diets also restrict grains, legumes and dairy. Truth Bars, while gluten-free and only containing real food ingredients, would not fit in the Paleo diet in its strictest form as they contain some sugar (4-5g).

Other Questions:

What is the shelf life of Truth Bars?

Truth Bars have a shelf life of 12 months from the date of production. We make our bars in small batches, which should ensure that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars when rotated correctly.

Do Truth Bars need to be refrigerated?

No. This type of probiotic is not in a live state on the shelf, it is activated only after it's eaten. For this reason, Truth Bars do not need to be refrigerated.

Questions about buying Truth Bars

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 You can use the Store Locator on truthbar.com to search by zip code, city or state to find a store near you.

 What if there aren't yet stores near me that carry Truth Bars?

 First, you can talk to your grocery store or health food store's manager and ask them to stock Truth Bars in their store. They can contact us directly and we can help. Meanwhile, Truth Bars can be purchased on amazon.com/truthbar and truthbar.com.

 What is your return policy?

 100% satisfaction or your money back. You can reach out to us at info@truthbar.com and we will help.

 

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