Wanting to make a change.Tough journey.
Posted by evasjourney at 06/03/2014
Hi everyone.Im not a full vegan or even vegetarian yet.Today I watched the film vegucated and I was inspired to take a challenge to change my eating.My question is how do you make the change? I dont want to change my family view yet Im doing it for my own beliefs. I been watched short films of how the animal get torture and killed and it brings tears to my eyes. I can't believe this happens.
Kimberley J06/03/2014 08:51:51
As far as how you go about making the change - just take it one meal at a time, start thinking about what is in your food (does it have animal products? (meat, cheese, milk etc.) You may find it easier to just stop meat first as that tends to be more accepted & easier to accommodate when eating with others. However, if animal rights is at the base of your choice, this may not be sufficient for you. When I first became vegetarian, my mother was quite concerned about my health & what we could possibly eat when we were together. It didn't take too long to figure out that there are lots of things that are veggie or can be made veggie quite easily. If you're cooking for others, you can make a veggie version for yourself by simply omitting the meat &/or substituting "fake" meat.
If you have children, consider what they are learning - it has taken me & you years to realize the lies that we were told as children. Just think of all the commercials showing "happy" animals that promote the meat & diary industries - all marketing & all b.s.
Most importantly, don't be hard on yourself as you move forward. You are embarking on a significant change in your approach to eating & living, one that most people never begin. So, if you make choices, at times, that you later regret, be kind to yourself, acknowledge that this change is a process, try to determine what led you off the path that you have chosen, and move then forward without guilt.
Welcome to the veggie world!!
The Hammer06/04/2014 23:32:09
Always remember it is a very personal journey. Don't let other people, especially other vegans tell you what to do or not, go in your own rythm. Lastly, it is better to be a happy 99% vegan than a frustrated 100% vegan.
How is your transition coming along?
One thing I wanted to comment on: you mentioned you keep falling for cheese. I had the same problem. I was addicted to dairy. I mean, addicted as though it was a drug. When I first tried to go vegan, I couldn't even sit across from someone having a milkshake or a slice of cheese pizza b/c it would trigger my cravings. Making the transition from vegetarian to vegan was tough for me.
I found that it takes 3 weeks of eating vegan and your taste buds make the transition. I learned that if I went a week being vegan and then gave in and had even a few sips of someone's milkshake that was enough to trigger my cravings again and send me right back to the starting line. After the second week being vegan, I felt my dairy cravings leaving. After the 3rd week, they were gone. And I'm not kidding you when I say that after the 4th week, dairy seemed disgusting to me! I did a complete turn around. In just a month I went from craving ice cream and cheese to tasting a bit of cheese and thinking it was repulsive.
As others have said, go at your own pace. If/when you decide you're ready to ditch the dairy, remember, you can do it! Give yourself 3 weeks.
Congrats on going veggie and welcome to Happy Cow! : )
I agree with all that was said here. Remember, your diet and lifestyle are your personal means of expressing yourself and relating to the world around you. With that in mind - you should never let anyone else make you feel bad about what you are doing, as long as your conscience is good. But beyond that - it is very important to accept yourself as an actual human being, which means learning, growing and adjusting, often times much slower or more problematically than we hope. That's okay. Every life change is an often long and arduous process. A child does not learn to walk overnight, we don't learn a new language in a day, etc. etc. Recognize that you are undertaking a progression of life, just like any other learning endeavor, and go at the pace that feels most comfortable to you and your situation.
- As to diet; I was vegeatraian for many years before going vegan, and truthfully, it was mainly because I didn't have access to, or didn't know about a lot of the alternatives available. One thing I think is so sad about a meat eating, and even a vegetarian diet - is the lack of diversity you get in your meals. Once you start to educate yourself as to the amazing array of choices out there as a substitute to a "normal" diet, you'll be amazed and the plethora of interesting and exciting foods and flavors out there. When your meals start to go from a plate full of shades of brown and white to these vibrant rainbows, and the tastes you experience reflect this - it is awesome. Before Vegan, I never ate some of the delicious nuts, plants, herbs, fruits, sprouts and things I now have. What a delight. And as for missing any of those old standbys like lunch meat, cheese, milk, burgers, fish sticks, etc. - Guess what - these are all available vegan style - to help with that transition period.
- So, I would recommend browsing the recipes section here on Happy Cow, and also browsing thru the forums section for things like books (I recommend "Healing With Whole Foods"). And Enjoy! If you stick with it and continue to research and learn, you will find yourself amazingly healthy, energetic, clear of mind, and enjoying insanely tasteful and vibrant meals.
Cheers!! Happy Veganism!!
The Hammer07/15/2014 00:43:20
Often these people make your life hard but they are not aware of it. Best is to ask some private time with such a person and privately talk about it, why you did go vegan, how important it is for you, and most importantly ask for their support and ask to be treated normal and not make jokes, etc.
If you talk seriously to people in private, they will change their attitude towards you, if they don't at least you know that person is definitely not a friend and should be avoided in your life for the sake of your own hapines.
I love the taste of Quorn and have no problem with eating any of it. At the moment I still eat dairy and eggs, and I honestly don't know if I will ever make the full transition to vegan due to the work I am in and the views of my family; I travel a LOT and it is very difficult to get vegan food on the road when others are cooking for you. Vegetarian food is easy though. My other half was raised by vegetarians but she is an avid meat eater. We have talked at length about the issue - she has her views, I have mine, and we are respectful of that. But I don't think veganism would work for us.