Whenever I tell people I’m vegan, I often hear the phrase: “Oh, I could never do that. That seems way too hard.” Funny thing is, I used to think the same way.
Until I did some research and I found people who thrive off of this lifestyle. I thought that if so many people love and cherish this lifestyle, it couldn’t be that bad. And it’s true, it is not that bad. It’s pretty freaking amazing if I say so myself. I went vegan in July last year and I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Latisha and I are both sharing our tips on how to make going vegan easy! (Because we both know that it might be challenging to make the switch for some people) Check out her post on my blog.
1. Have a reason and believe in it
Why are you thinking of going vegan? Is it for health reasons? Ethical? Environmental? All of the above? There are so many awesome reasons to go vegan. No matter what you do it for, believe in your cause. Believe that eating vegan will make you feel and look better. Believe that by consuming and buying no animal products you are not part of the animal cruelty process. Believe that you are able to change the world for the better. Because all of that IS true!
2. Do your research
This was the most important step for me. Before going vegan I thought: what the heck am I going to eat? At first you might think you can only eat lettuce and rice. But man, nothing could be less true. I looked up vegan recipes and I already tried and loved some before I made the switch. I found vegan substitutes for almost everything I was afraid I was going to miss. It is amazing how many vegan alternatives there are!
Some pretty cool documentaries to watch are “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, “Cowspiracy” and “Forks over Knives”. They all show the reality of (vegan) food, where it comes from and what can happen to your body by changing your dietary habits. It’s not only informative to research the topic, it’s also very inspiring and motivating.
3. Make mistakes
Since I was going vegan for health reasons, I didn’t really look at the ethical aspect at first. I bought a leather bag and I probably still use non-vegan items now. Now that I’m more informed I try to look at the things I own and if I still feel comfortable owning them.
Vegan eating was the most important part of veganism for me in the beginning. But I also made some mistakes with cooking. Using vegetable butter that had milk in it, binging on cheese because of cravings, eating fish and cream sauces when eating out, because it was easier than asking for a vegan meal. I’ve done it all! It is fine to make mistakes, we all make them. The most important thing is that you keep going. It’s okay if you accidentally eat or buy something that is not vegan, as long as you won’t let it discourage you. You chose this path for a reason and you know that it is worth it to keep going.
4. Tell people (and surround yourself with supporting people)
If you keep it a secret and you feel embarrassed about being vegan, you’ll probably eat or buy something that is non-vegan under pressure and you’ll regret it later. When you tell people about the change you’re making and why you’re making it, chances are they’ll be more supportive and they won’t offer you non-vegan things (on purpose). When your friends or family don’t get it, explain it. Explain why making this change makes you feel good. Don’t blame them for not understanding you and don’t be mad at them for not making the same decision.
Funny thing is, when going vegan you kind of learn who your friends are. When I went vegan and I told my friends, one of them answered with “Ok, but I’m just going to keep eating my meats and cheeses”, and an other one answered with “Ok, cool!” Guess who still is my friend? The first one couldn’t be supportive of my decisions and pushed me into having cheese for lunch because she made me believe it would be stupid to ask the waiter for a vegan option.
Friends are people who you can choose, it’s not as easy with family. It can be a pain in the butt when your family won’t be supportive of your decision. What could help is to try to help your family understand why you’re doing it. Don’t judge them for not thinking the same way as you do. And if they end up not supporting you going vegan, that’s also fine. There are a lot of people who will support you, whether they are friends in real life or strangers online. Just know that you’re not alone
Those are my most important tips to make going vegan easy. And honestly, after a bit of research and just making the switch, you’ll figure it out. It really isn’t that hard. I learnt more about being vegan while being vegan than in the research I did before. Remember what you’re doing it for and focus on the positive parts, because there are so many of them. Lots of love and positive vibes to you.
Guest Blogger Bio
This guest post was written by Ruby, who writes for her own blog on Justwonderstyle. She writes about everything that she is passionate about: (mental) health, organization, minimalism and of course veganism and vegan recipes. By writing about these things she hopes to inspire and motivate others to live a life with clarity. Other than that, she simply has a passion for writing in general, Harry Potter and to do lists.