Updated: Jun 16, 2020
Going vegan or plant-based can be a hard decision and should not be! Sometimes the beginning is harder than it should be and if you lack a support system it is a lonely one.
When I started off with being a vegetarian over 15 years ago, it was a long and lonely road. No one else at that time did it, heard of it, etc. Being a vegan was so far from my radar as it seemed like an impossible feat. The beginning was a typical cutting out meat experience. I was ridiculed and told I wouldn't stick with it, it's just a fad, it won't last. I was always asked why with disgust and then followed up with "Oh I could never do that! Don't you miss it?". I felt always on the defense.
Then there was a shift that happened in this world and people started realizing that I was not the weirdo or the extreme one. It was beginning to gain popularity, especially as people saw that they could live healthier and lower their risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, by cutting out animal products. Then I had people coming to me for advice and help instead of mocking. I have been able to help people now with their own journey and not just defend my own. We are raising our baby on a plant-based diet and he is above average for height and weight. He is so healthy and his doctor is even on board with his diet. I don't know if I could ever have done this years ago. The world is changing in a good way and if you are about to jump onto this movement then you are a part of this amazing change that will save people, animals and the environment.
Here are some simple steps that will help you be more successful in your journey going plant-based.
1. When I gave up meat, I didn't know what I was doing. I was not a vegan at the time and just ate a ton of processed foods that were covered in cheese. Cheese pizza, cheese quesadilla, egg and cheese sandwich, grilled cheese. I felt horrible all the time. I wasn't sure why. It was all the inflammation that dairy causes in the body. By starting off with a whole food plant based diet, you are going to start off healthier. Using meat substitutes, vegan cheeses and processed vegan meals are helping the environment and animals, but not doing much for your health. So if that is an important factor when considering this way of life then you need to make sure you are eating whole foods that nourish the body. It is way easier than you think!!!