teddycloud asked: I've been inspired to become vegan for health reasons and to help save animals. Although it's been tough for me to fully commit myself. I live a busy lifestyle and don't have much vegan options around me so I break down and live how I have been all my life. My question is what are some tips for starters on the transition and what helps to commit yourself to such a lifestyle so different?
congratulations! the three biggest things i can offer are:
start simple. eat whole foods dishes like rice and beans, quinoa, lentils, stuff like that. if you start trying to replace the food you’re used to too soon, you will likely have a harder time sticking with it.
whenever you’re tempted, think about what you’re about to eat, very graphically. if it’s meat, connect it to a mental picture of a dead animal, then think about taking the meat out of the body….(you get the idea). if it’s dairy, think about the crying mother cow when her baby is taken away, or the baby cow when it’s made into veal. if its eggs, think about the baby chicks being ground up or suffocated in trash bags. it will eventually become second nature to you, and the very idea of eating it will become repellent.
finally, don’t beat yourself up if you slip a few times. perfection isn’t as important as your effort and the ultimate goal. keep working toward it, and you will get there.