So, If you’ve following me on Instagram you’ll be aware that we’ve decided to take the plunge into veganism.
Having spoken to several people and reading an endless number of blog posts on the subject, there seems to be a variety of different approaches that people take in order to achieve the end result of being 100% vegan. Some take a more staggered approach by going vegetarian first. Some take a little longer and go pescatarian (fish only) then vegetarian. Others simply introduce more vegan based meals into their weekly food plan (meat free Mondays being the example) and are happy with that. Which is completely fine.
However, I am more of a ‘all or nothing’ kind of guy so we’re taking the ‘dive right in’ approach. I am pretty sure we’ll make some mistakes along the way but as long as we learn from them, I think we’ll be OK.
I use to think that being vegetarian/ vegan was just about eating salad but after watching a few documentaries and doing my research, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s definitely an ideology that speaks to me and the truth is; it’s actually quite fun.
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I’m anticipating there being some pitfalls like maybe I’ll have a bad day and dive headfirst into a pile of kebab meat or maybe sneak some pigs in blankets at Christmas.
Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, at the moment seems like a very daunting thought but is it the case that the idea of a big lifestyle change is a lot scarier than actually doing it? For us, It’s not just about the obvious benefits of a vegan lifestyle but rather the effect animal products have on our health and environment. Once I’d taken the time to open my eyes to the real effects animal products have on our lives, that thought just stuck with me and I feel now, there’s no going back.
Change isn’t easy but it’s possible and I’m now looking ahead and thinking all the new and delicious foods there are to try rather than thinking about the foods I’m giving up. I’ve been quite surprise at how many options there really are. Some of my favourite foods are actually vegan anyway. We’ve even veganized some of our favourite meals. I’m not worry about the changes we’re making, I’m excited about them!
As far as feedback goes, it’s been nothing but positive and the comments on social media have been amazing. For that, I am truly thankful. However, It does feels like society isn’t ready for this rapped rise of veganism and it’s still met with a far amount scepticism with some idea’s on the subject being a little behind the times.
Our plan for now is to focus on making one change at a time to make it feel quite natural. While we’ve got the ‘dive right in’ attitude, I feel like it’s still important not to go to fast and decide on a method that works best for us and the best part is, we’re doing it together.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you gone vegan and succeeded or failed? What motivated you try it in the first place? Any hints, tips or advice you can share is always welcomed. Let me know in the comments below