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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Chapter 4. Simple Vegan Food Swaps



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Chapter 1: So you're thinking of going vegan?
Chapter 1: So you're thinking of going vegan?

If you're considering going vegan, read on to learn why most people make the choice to go vegan.  Discover the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle as well as the positive impact on animals and the environment.

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Chapter 2.  What are the Challenges of Going Vegan?
Chapter 2. What are the Challenges of Going Vegan?

Read this quick guide to the challenges of going vegan to understand the potential pitfalls to a vegan lifestyle, and to get some advice on overcoming these challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS:

What is a Prebiotic?

Prebiotics come from plants, usually root plants that contain a lot of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics alone cannot grow without a healthy gut to support them. 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 microbiome.

Can your body make its own Conjugated Lineolic Acid?

You certainly have the gut flora to make your very own CLA. It’s one of the many things your lactobacilli and bifidobacteria do for you.

It’s important to have healthy gut flora to be able to make CLA. People with gut dysbiosis have a significantly harder job of it – possibly one reason why obesity and gut dysfunction tend to go hand-in-hand. So if you’ve been eating well for a while and your gut is humming along nicely, you can probably count on a substantial CLA intake from gut flora. If you’re eating is not so “healthy” or you simply aren’t producing enough good bacteria, Truth Bar can help by giving probiotic support to build up your colonies of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

How much inulin is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g

How much MCT Oil is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 4.5g MCT/bar
Mint Chocolate Chip: 0.5g MCT/bar
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 0.5g MCT/bar

These are approximate amounts based on estimate of 60% MCT present in coconut oil, and 65% oil in coconut.

What is the percentage of “prebiotic - probiotic"?

Using approximate inulin amounts:

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g prebiotic to 1 Billion CFU probiotics
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics

What is the strain of probiotic in the lactoSpore?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has exceptional and lengthy studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastro intestinal issues, bloating, diahhrea and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Questions about SWEETENERS:

What is erythritol derived from?

Erythritol is derived from NON-GMO corn as a fermented sugar alcohol with GRAS status from the FDA.

What is the ratio of sweeteners? (Tapioca / Erythritol / Stevia)

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 6.5g / 3.2g / 0.02g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 11.0g / 3.3g / 0.02g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 11.0g / 2.5g / 0.02g

 

Questions about COMMON INGREDIENT CONCERNS:

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

We have created both Vegan and Non-Vegan bars. Two of our flavors are Vegan and two are Non-Vegan. Our Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Dipped Raspberry 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.

Our Chocolate Almond Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein and whey isolate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein. Our balanced mix of fiber and protein results in two meal replacement bars that provide all the BCAAs needed for proper muscle development.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% gluten free!

Is there soy in Truth Bars?

Soy based lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in dark chocolates. However, they are are serious consumer concerns over soy that we have taken very seriously. In order to protect and promote overall health the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of both soy and sugar.

Are the bars Peanut Free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% peanut free. We use only high quality almond and sunflower butter.

 

Other Questions:

Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

You can find a the full list of ingredients on each bar’s product page. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab. Here's a link to each of our product pages: Chocolate Dipped RaspberryChocolate Dipped CoconutMint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Crunch.

Where can I find nutrition information?

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

Another place to find info would be our ingredient's page, which outlines each of our key ingredients and their benefits.

What is the shelf life of the bars?

Truth Bars have a shelf life of 18 months. We make our bars in small batches, which ensures that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars.


Please let us know if you have a question that is not listed above.
Simply write to us at info@truthbar.com. We are happy to answer any questions!