So, you’ve made it over halfway, Wohoo!
Here are some top tips to help you through the most compassionate month of the year
1 | Plan Ahead
If you haven’t already figured this one out, completely changing your diet and lifestyle requires a little planning.
Try keeping a food diary and make sure you plan your meals for the following day.
Make a shopping list of animal based items you would regularly buy, then when you do your first vegan shop focus on finding substitutes for those specific items
Have a google and figure out the best supermarkets for plant based options. My personal choices are; Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Asda
2 | Prepare for criticism
It comes with the lifestyle unfortunately. People will try to catch you out and make you feel like what you are doing is wrong but remember that you are aware of the cruelty in the animal agriculture industry and they may not be.
When people comment on my diet being “restrictive” or “unhealthy” I like to show them just how non -restrictive and healthy it is. Majority of the time people only make nasty comments because they do not understand why exactly you have chosen this lifestyle. So if you can, show them.
Remind people that you have only been trying out this lifestyle for a short period of time and you are also still learning. Hopefully that will stop people from being too harsh on you
3 | Don’t preach, Educate
I really wish someone told me this when I first went vegan. People do not respond to being preached at.
Instead of getting riled up and possibly starting arguments with people who ask you about your lifestyle, try gently educating them on why you are trying veganism and the benefits of going vegan.
4 | Knowledge is power
If you do ever find yourself in a heated debate with someone who approves of the meat and dairy industry you will find that without the correct knowledge you will find it extremely difficult to stand your ground and get your point across.
Reading medical studies rather than bogus articles online is also very helpful. Save the study on your phone then if it ever comes to it, you can pass it onto someone who is debating the lifestyle with you
5 | Join a Vegan Facebook group
This is honestly one of the most helpful tips I can give. I didn’t join a Facebook group when I first became vegan, but now I wish that I had.
Being part of a large Vegan Facebook group like Vegan UK (30k+ members) is very handy when it comes to finding new recipes, figuring our which products are vegan or even making some fellow plant based pals!
6 | Try to make some vegan pals
This kind of goes with the point above. Having like-minded people around you will help massively when you need some support in your new found lifestyle
Have “vegan nights” where you all get together and share home cooked vegan meals, it’s a great way to find new recipes and make awesome friends at the same time.
7 | Understand why people go vegan in the first place
If you are unsure as to whether you will stay vegan after January but you know deep down you want to stick to the lifestyle, try to research the reasons why people go vegan in the first place (if you haven’t already)
PETA has some great information on their site, but maybe also check out some Netflix documentaries like Cowspiricy, Forks over Knives, Vegucated and Live & Let Live
And if you are really brave, look up the Earthlings documentary. I recommend watching it with someone as it is extremely graphic but it will change the way you see not only the meat and dairy industry, but any industry that exploits animals.
8 | Write down a list of your favorite meals and try to Veganise them!
And finally, food.
Food is the main reason why people don’t go vegan, or even attempt to try it for that matter. I always hear people talking about all the different foods they would miss out on if they became vegan and that being the main reason they would never bother trying it.
If you are one of those people the best way to tackle this is to write down all of your favorite meals containing animal products, then one by one work on Veganising them.
You can get plant based alternatives for EVERYTING nowadays, you just need to do a little research. YouTube is a great resource when it comes to finding new vegan recipes and look up BOSH on Facebook too! Ian Theasby is the man behind the camera at BOSH, everything he creates is vegan and his easy to follow videos are a must see when it comes to veganising your favorite meals!
“We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.”
― César Chávez
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