Being a vegan is not as difficult as it may seem. According to studies done in 2014, there are nearly 16 million vegetarians in the U.S. and half of these vegetarians are vegans. It does require consciousness and research. This is not something you can go into on a whim if you’re regularly used to eating flesh on a daily basis. I’m here to make the research more simple for you on your vegan journey.
My vegan journey as been difficult at times. It gets hard when you want something quick to eat and you live with someone that eats meat. I regularly have to actively discipline myself and remind myself why I started the vegan journey in the first place. My main reason at first was for the well being of my health. I did the research and found that meat and dairy are problematic to anyone’s health, and that meat and dairy have cancer causing agents. Diving deeper into the vegan world I also discovered how horrid slaughterhouses are to our animal culture as well as our environment. Meat and dairy production facilities are killing our animals, our people, and our environment. It’s an all around lose lose situation.
In this post I am going to give you 5 tips that will give you an idea on how to begin your vegan journey or strengthen the journey you are already on.
1. Do your research
Like I said, I’m here to put the research in one place so that it’s easier for you to learn about the vegan lifestyle. But you will also have to read a few books, and watch a few documentaries. The more you know, the better off you will be on your journey. Don’t rush into the vegan lifestyle. Take it slow and at your own rhythm. This will give you enough time to take notes on the research you’ve done and get used to the information.
You have to still get your essential nutrients into your diet. As long as you’re eating when you want to eat and eating lots of vegetables and fruits, you will be fine. Many people believe that a vegan diet deprives you of nutrition. This theory is absolutely wrong. One actually receives more nutrition on a vegan diet because the food is not cooked to death to the point where the nutrients have been killed off in preparation. Eating fresh produce, raw produce, allows you to get the full nutritious benefits. As long as you eat a wide variety of plant based foods, you will be fine.
Do not think that you cannot eat like you used to. Most vegans chow down on the daily basis. There are vegan versions of every meat and dairy food that you are used to. You like beef jerky? Well try vegan jerky! It tastes just the same. This is true for most vegan versions of foods.
2. Follow vegans on social media
This will allow you to get a piece of the vegan life without really trying to do anything. Vegans on social media are not afraid to share their journey and what they eat. We are proud and more than happy to give you a glimpse of the vegan lifestyle.
3. Never stop learning
There is a vast amount of information out there waiting for you to learn about vegan life. I like to look up vegan documentaries on Netflix or online because they are an easy way to learn a lot of information at once. The more you learn the easier it will be for you to live a successful vegan life as well as teach others how to do so.
4. Ignore the hate and remember why you started
We live in a non vegan society. It’s very unfortunate, but that’s just the way it is. You have to remain strong in your vegan values because many people in our society simply don’t understand it. When you’re feeling weak just remember why you started your vegan journey in the first place. Whether it be for health reasons, environmental, or animal rights, remember and stay faithful to that.
5. Never give up!
When the cravings start to get to you do not give in. This is why it is important to keep your refrigerator stocked and bring small snacks along with you if you’re going to be out for a while. Many fast food places do not offer anything vegan. Do your research and find the ones that do. If there’s none in your area then make your own snack and bring it along with you. This will keep you from caving in.
In the very beginning of my journey I had people that told me I wouldn’t be able to do it. They just motivated me even more to stay true to my vegan lifestyle. I knew I had to because vegan food makes me feel better than meats and dairy ever did. So when the going gets tough just remember to never ever give up. If you do slip up then you can always start again.
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