When you first discover the vegan lifestyle you are full of enthusiasm.
Everything is new and shiny and you are discovering so many amazing things that you had no idea were true. You might even feel healthier and happier than ever before!
But then, usually, your life turns around completely. Suddenly, you realize that you are really not that healthy or happy. You start to think that this lifestyle might actually… suck.
In the midst of exciting changes, you forgot that you do need to change your habits and that being vegan is not about new cruelty-free products, delicious plant-based foods and fun picnics. It’s about so much more.
I have seen way too many newbie vegans quit and fail to let you do the same. I can’t see another soul go through the phase of excitement only to fall down hard.
That’s why I want to tell you about 4 mistakes newbie vegans make that you shouldn’t. I wish someone told me these things when I was going vegan (especially the one about taking care of my mental health).
If you want to start thriving as a new vegan and avoid making mistakes, please continue reading. It just might save your life.
- They don’t eat enough.
Many newbie vegans are not aware that plant-based foods are less calorie dense than dairy and meat, so they basically starve. It’s very important that you educate yourself on the topic of nutrition so I would suggest you read these two books: How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger and The China Study by Dr T. Colin Campbell. I am constantly learning about how to eat better, but I also don’t count calories or restrict. I eat as much as I want, mostly healthy but occasionally I won’t say no to junk food and candy. I sometimes share my meals and snacks on InstaStories so please follow me here.
- They don’t take care of their mind.
Going vegan made me even more depressed than I already was and it was one of the hardest experiences in my life. All of that improved when I started regularly meditating and taking care of myself. If we don’t take care of our minds, they will ruin us and as vegans, we are even more susceptible to depression, anger and sadness. If you want to learn about meditation and why I believe it’s so important please read this post where I share my favourite resources.
- They don’t seek support.
Going vegan will be a lonely journey if you are an unlucky human that lives in the middle of nowhere, or if you are just introverted and shy. I was lucky enough to have a father who went vegan quickly after I did, but I still had no vegan friends or acquaintances. It was very hard losing a best friend that I knew since birth and finding out that people lied to me because they didn’t like me being vegan, and it was even harder to deal with these things with no support from my fellow vegans (I wrote about losing friends here). So I did what any smart person will do: I reached out to vegans online and I started volunteering. It makes all the difference. If you want some online support as well, please reach out to me on Instagram or Twitter.
- They go vegan too quickly.
Yes, I believe that going vegan overnight can actually be a bad thing for most people. You see, such big changes shock our bodies and minds, they also scare us with a sudden push out of our comfort zone. If you want to know what steps you can take if you aren’t ready to go vegan overnight, read this post that I wrote. I truly want to see you shine and thrive living a vegan lifestyle, but it will take time and in this case, it’s absolutely worth it.
Have you found yourself in any of these? I would love to know which one so please make sure to let me know in the comments.
I believe that being vegan doesn’t have to be hard.
It’s not hard for me and after almost 4 and a half years of living this lifestyle, I feel no doubts about the decision I made. I am happy with my life as a vegan and I know how to handle any changes I encounter.
My goal is to help you achieve the same thing. I want you, too, to wake up in the morning and know that there is nothing that could hit you hard enough to make you quit this beautiful lifestyle.
As I said, it will take time but it will be worth it. Instead of being angry that we might be making mistakes and sabotaging our success as a vegan, we should step back and be happy that we are open enough to admit we might be making a mistake.
p.s. – If you need some ideas for what to eat as a vegan, make sure to check out my Pinterest where I share some delicious, super yummy plant-based recipes.