Being a Vegan is no easy task and it’s certainly not something to be taken lightly either. In this post I’m not going to go over reasons why you should be Vegan. That’s your choice and if you’re reading this then you’re most likely considering doing so anyway. I’m just going to give you a few tips on how to make that leap into fully fledged Veganism.
What is a Vegan?
A Vegan is someone who does not consume, use or purchase any animal products what-so-ever. That means eating no meat, fish, poultry and dairy, wearing no wool, leather, suede etc. and using hygiene products that are Vegan friendly. That’s a lot of things to cut out of your life but in my personal experience it really is worth it.
So where do I start?
Well, you really have two options here. You either go cold turkey and give up everything in one go or you start small, maybe giving up something like cheese or milk chocolate and then go from there.
The thing is once you make that initial commitment it gets a lot easier. The hardest thing for me was craving foods that I used to love such as my enchiladas, topped with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese*. When I had these cravings I made myself think about why I gave up cheese. To me nothing could justify supporting the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, no matter how good it tasted.
* I have in fact found an alternative to this meal which more than satisfies my cravings. That will be in another post.
Don’t beat yourself up
The longer you are Vegan the more you will discover contains ingredients or products that you don’t wish to consume. Many crisps for example contain milk, even though there is no real need for it. From time to time you might even discover that you have consumed something that you didn’t realise contained animal products. Don’t let this sort of thing dishearten you. Over time you learn to be more cautious and also what to look out for.
The truth is there is no secret weapon when it comes to being Vegan, except maybe knowledge. The more you know about the meat and dairy industries will only make you more determined to stick at it. Ultimately like everything else in life, to succeed it takes hard work, will power and determination.