It is 2019, my love and the time to start living consciously and compassionately has arrived.
I have covered the topic of going vegan quite a few times on my blog but I feel like you need to hear this one more time. It always feels good to know things haven’t changed much, doesn’t it?
I want to present to you a 4 step guide to going vegan and tell you why each step matters. I went through these phases myself and eventually, they guided me to living a vegan lifestyle.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that this is your life and you decide how you want to go about these changes. I am just showing you what worked for me but you can be totally different and choose something else.
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below and I will answer you as soon as I can. My job here is to help you go vegan and thrive while doing it.
Here is your 4 step guide to going vegan:
- Step 1.
You need to get very clear on why you want to go vegan. If you want it because someone made you feel guilty, you will sooner or later go back to eating other animals. Without a strong foundation – your why – you will not see the point in doing this long-term. Why does this matter to you? Why do you want it? What made you want to change your lifestyle? Every change should be guided by a strong reason why.
- Step 2.
Education is the key to everything. No, you don’t need to go to school to be vegan but you do need to learn about nutrition and ethics. All these changes will be scary but the best way to handle them is to learn everything there is about plant-based nutrition. I recommend you start with How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger, continue with Proteinaholic by Dr Garth Davis, and end up with a documentary called What the Health. If you know better you can do better. If you want a whole list of vegan movies and documentaries, here is my must-read post.
- Step 3.
Surround yourself with people who support you. There will always be people who will hate that you want to go vegan but there are more people who will cheer for you and encourage you. You need to find them. The best way to do that is by volunteering and helping your local vegan organizations, but if you really don’t have any vegans in your area, you can totally do that on the internet! Follow vegans on social media, read their blogs, DM them, email them or simply join different vegan groups. You can connect with so many like-minded humans if you just start commenting and DMing those that you like.
- Step 4.
Take it slowly and be good to yourself. As I said, it will be challenging changing your lifestyle and that’s why you need to be your best friend. Changing yourself and pushing your body and mind over the limit will only sabotage your hard work. I wrote about self-care and why it is so important here, but just listen to yourself and do what feels right. No need to rush if that feels scary, just transition slowly.
Do you like this guide to going vegan or does it seem too hard? I understand if these steps feel a bit too overwhelming as all changes seem that way at the beginning.
But ultimately, it’s all about striving for more and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. More health, more joy, more love, more compassion… all these things need time and work, so feeling fear is normal.
I remember how excited I felt when I was transitioning to veganism, but also how afraid I was of making a mistake and failing.
And I did fail, many times, but then I got up and realized that it’s all about progress. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have goals and a vision for ourselves, but without progress, we will never get there.
So if these changes scare you, remember that once you get there, you will be stronger and better because of the climb.