Making the decision to aspire to living a lifestyle that is free of cruelty is one of the best choices one can make. But are you wondering how to go vegan without losing your mind? Arm yourself with these tips and success is sure to be yours on your path to a vegan lifestyle.
First and foremost, this entire lifestyle is about abundance: abundance in peace, beautiful plants, health and most importantly, food. It is best to eat enough so that you are never ravenous. Making a conscious food choice is challenging when the your body is demanding immediate calories.
Be Honest with Yourself
What changes are you ready for? Sustainability is key here. Ask yourself if you will be able and willing to adopt each new habit adjustment day after day. Give yourself some time.
Be fully dedicated about the changes you have already made and strengthen them. Then, when you are ready, take the next step.
Figure Out What You Want— Then Compromise
Suppose there are a few foods that are holding you back from sustaining this lifestyle. A plant based diet is about giving and getting to enjoy what you like as well. If you cannot envision your life without pizza, then find a way to make sure that pizza is in your diet. Look up recipes, get familiar with the brands that already make vegan pizzas and you will find a way to make your own version. You may be astonished with how much better it can taste than your old version. There is no deprivation in this lifestyle and amazing alternatives if you put in the time to try them out.
Start Thinking About Others
If you feel that the adjustments that you are making are too much to handle, then you are only thinking of yourself. The small adjustments made to your life have a vast impact on all of the creatures that you help. Thinking about the suffering that animals go through makes the seemingly difficult adjustments easy.
Read, listen, and watch all vegan-related content that deals with the different aspects of this lifestyle. Technology and social media platforms are a blessing for anyone seeking guidance on this lifestyle, so use them! You may be surprised that the most growth may come from a website, podcast, or the flourishing vegan YouTube community, as well as written sources of information. For starters, the book The China Study has all of the science behind the nutritional aspects of a whole foods plant based diet in digestible chapters. Documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy are powerful and informative.
Once you can understand more about the nutrition, environmental, and humane reasons behind it all, you will be unshakable.
Always Be Prepared
You will get better at this one over time. Plan ahead and always have something with you to munch on. This leads to the next one:
Have Some Flexibility
Life is not perfect. As much as we like to try and plan for everything in our busy schedules, life happens and next thing we know it is 5:00pm, we have not eaten in six hours, and our stash of fruit is far away at home. Do not beat yourself up as this is a learning process. Sometimes, you’ll have to grab a bottle of fruit juice or some crackers to hold you over until you’re home. If you search you will find a way to make success happen.
This is a life-changing lifestyle that will promote peace as well as introduce you to an array of fun new foods. As with anything in life, learning how to go vegan is as easy or difficult as you make it. Remember why you have chosen to aspire to live a more humane lifestyle, have solid reasons, and stick to them.