Thursday, October 1, 2015

Finding inspiration to strengthen vegan resolve

Going vegan isn't just about boring salads. It's a celebration!
Sticking to a vegan diet is harder for some than others. I know it's a challenge for me. That's why I'm constantly seeking inspiration. It's relatively simple to avoid buying other non-vegan products. But when it comes to food, old habits do indeed die hard. So what can you do to keep yourself from falling off the vegan food truck?

Shocking yourself into action with education.

It's so very hard to watch some of those vegan videos and read those truthful, yet painful reports isn't it? It's especially difficult for those of us who empathize with other animals. The number of horrific practices they endure so that we may use them for food and other products are overwhelming. Then, there is the environmental factor, the health factor and the dwindling resource factor. Still, educating yourself remains the best way to strengthen your vegan resolve.

Make your vegan diet an adventure.

Going vegan should excite your taste buds, not turn them off. If you miss your favorite non-vegan foods, there are plenty of vegan foods out there that mimic them. But wait. There's more. Why not use your vegan resolve to experiment with new taste sensations? Doing so may not prevent occasional cravings. But it will give you something to look forward to. And that might just take the edge off enough to help you stick to it.

How to be more adventurous with your vegan diet:

You don't have to eat salad and tofu 24/7. Get yourself an awesome vegan cookbook. Grow some of your own food. Look up recipes online. Fill your fridge with delicious fruits and veggies of all kinds. Don't be afraid to try new ones, either. Going vegan should not be about restriction. It should be about bounty.

Shout it to the rooftops

Once you tell everyone about your new vegan lifestyle and diet, it'll be easier to stick to it. Why? Well, you're bragging it up all over town. When people see it in action, you're reinforcing your resolve. When they see you slipping up, they might wonder if it's such a good idea. In other words, you become an example for others to follow. If you're not practicing what you preach, why should they believe you?

Connecting with vegan positives.

Your vegan diet and lifestyle should not be about what you're giving up. It should be about what you're receiving in return. Going vegan is about kindness, compassion and saving the earth. It's about fighting starvation and dwindling resources. It's about making your life a sustainable choice so that you can be at peace with yourself and your role in the world. Being vegan should be a celebration, not a hardship!

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