the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.
Have you ever been asked, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?”
In this case do you want the do’s or the do not’s first?
Let’s start with the DO NOT’S and then we can end this conversation on a positive note.
Before we began. If you are thinking about improving your health great job. That is commendable to see.
By helping ourselves, we can have the energy to help others.
If you haven’t taken the steps yet just remember:
The journey of a thousand steps begins with only one.
Maybe this is your first step, if so here are a few tips to ensure your success.
What NOT to do… as a new vegan.
Expect perfection– You’re transitioning into a new way of life. For myself, the first few weeks were easier to make lasting changes because I allowed myself the time to adjust. This system left me with REALISTIC room for error. From protein sources to vitamins. I didn’t just throw everything I own away. There is no way I could afford that. I continued to finish what I had while educating myself on alternatives. The more you practice doing something the more you notice options. It’s like the world opens up a new door.
Preach– Put the ladder away and tell the horse to get in the barn. If you’re not asked why you are choosing this particular diet or lifestyle, then don’t tell everyone your reasons. It’s like saying Good Morning to someone and them replying “I use Secret Antiperspirant because it keeps me odor free for up to 12 hours.” Um what? Definitely too much information. When people begin to notice changes in you then the ones who care about what’s going on with you, will ask.
Condescend– Developing an air of superiority is the quickest way to turn people away from positive change. It’s also just plain wrong. Are you 100% aware of the reasons why people make dietary choices different than yours? I once had a woman tell me by “pretending” to talk to her daughter in the rudest tone “We don’t buy those eggs, they were raised on a cruel farm. We only buy cruelty free.” A kind and sweet “ma’am did you know those eggs are produced on a cruel farm,” would have yielded much better results. The thing is that, she is not the only vegan that I have heard speak in such a condescending tone. Resist the urge.
Be overcome by disappointed– Don’t become too disappointed when you don’t receive the support that you thought you might get. Others may tease or try to tempt you with foods you previously enjoyed. Be strong! As you become a better chef, you may prepare a dish that you think is spectacular and you might want to share it with someone, especially your family. You may not be met with equal excitement. They might not like it or may not even taste it. It’s okay. You’re doing this for yourself. Remember that.
What you COULD be doing…instead.
Be encouraging– When others ask questions, give them easy to process information. Share a few tips that helped you. Perhaps they can try to eat a meatless meal a few times a week. Invite people over and cook for them. Let them try your food without pressure. Make it fun. Show them that the meal they are enjoying doesn’t taste much different from what they are used to.
Plan ahead– There is nothing like being hungry and having absolutely no idea what you can make quickly. This is worse if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic. I always have cucumbers, tomatoes or packaged shredded cabbage as a quick base. I can chop those quickly and add either some fruit or salad ingredients. Cook brown rice, quinoa or favorite starchy carb in bulk. I prepare mine and put it gallon bags and keep in the fridge for a quick filler. Canned beans have become a lifesaver when I realize I am beyond hungry, especially since I’m not a big snacker. I simply chop up my go-to veggies which are always onions, celery, red pepper and saute them with beans and eat it with my prepared rice or couscous and I’m good. Planning ahead includes checking restaurant menus and even preparing to take food to outings. You’ll be glad you did.
Talk to other vegans– It’s always nice when you see someone else in the store with a basket full of produce. Ask them questions? How do you prepare that vegetable? What’s your favorite recipe? Do you know any good restaurants? Of course, common sense means that you don’t overwhelm them by asking all of the above questions at once. You don’t want to scare them. Truthfully a seasoned vegan is a treasure. They can give you some of the best tips for success. Besides, it’s just nice to have someone cheer on your success. Which nicely segues into our next DO…
Track your progress on social media
I recently started an Instagram account. (kashandmike)This dedicated account is a 100% Vegan account. I did this for a few reasons:
- Accountability- I am able to see my progress.
- Encouragement- Support of others.
- Ideas- Creativity of others motivates me to try new things.
Exercise– Starting off you can choose low-impact activities like walking or Pilates. With the right protein consumption high-intensity training like Cross-fit or running, even weight lifting is achievable. Whatever path you choose, try to include at least 3 days of an activity. You are already conquering diet. Exercise is empowering and therapeutic. You will see a better overall condition much quicker, especially when you take the time to focus on lymph flow.
Before we part…
Remember the word Transition?
It is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
It’s gonna take time and effort. But it’s worth it.
So what can you do to succeed? Plan ahead but take it a day at a time. Remember everyone might not understand or get it, but that’s okay too. You’ve made the choices that are putting your life in a direction that you have chosen. So embrace your choices …. be motivated by each step of the way…and don’t forget that…
Life is a journey. You may as well enjoy the ride.
If your a successful vegan, do you have any tips that you wouldn’t mind sharing? Your response is most appreciated!
Note to self: Find a new recipe this week and try it. Oh and remember this post.