I started off my vegan journey a few years back…and honestly, it wasn’t easy in the first few months. My experience has taught me so much things I wish I knew when I got started. I wouldn’t want you to have the same experiences I had, so here, I share the things I wish I knew before I actually started.
In no particular order, here are some life lessons i have learnt the hard way.
Get started with an open mind
If you are looking to fail, then get started with a negative attitude, you will get nowhere! If you are thinking going vegan is a punishment or something that will not last, then it will actually be and you won’t make it. Being a vegan doesn’t have to be boring neither is it a punishment.
Your first few days on a vegan diet may be challenging, but once you get the hang of things it gets a lot easier. I’m at a point when I think about what to cook for dinner for my family, meat never crosses my mind.
If you are traveling, pack your food
Actually, it’s not only when traveling. Have some snacks and some food rations with you always. It doesn’t mean you will be hungrier now that you are vegan, it’s just that while on the road, there are very minimal places that will serve you purely vegan foods. In such situations, some fruits or just a trail mix can be such a life saver.
What makes up your pantry?
Is your pantry full of meat based foods such as potatoes, pasta, rice and all that stuff? If yes, then cooking won’t be fun. Stock up your pantry with items such as beans, whole grains, lentils and greens such as kale and spinach.
Keep off convenience foods
Well I’m yet to eat vegan convenience food that appeals to my palate. If you are going to depend on convenience foods as your vegan meals, you won’t enjoy it. Normal frozen foods are bad enough, you really don’t want to mess with vegan ones.
Give yourself extra time if you are cooking at home
If cooking at home, add some extra time to cook, particularly at the beginning. For most people, designing meals 100% around vegetables is going to be a completely foreign concept, and one that requires planning and extra time in the kitchen. Even for the seasoned chef, you will need some extra time. Trust me!
Messed up? Don’t sweat the small stuff
To become a successful vegan in the long run, live a lifestyle that’s reasonable. There are some vegans who may disagree with me on this one, but if you realize you just ate food that has some cheese, don’t stress yourself over it. On the road and you can’t seem to find any vegan food? Well, are you going to starve yourself to death? Just do the best you can. When the diet you are on stops being fun, then you might begin thinking it’s not really worth. Enough said….
And finally, do not be the judge! If you do not agree with other people’s lifestyles, that’s up to you. You are not perfect anyway. The best way to win over people is by action and not lecturing them.