Whether you decided to become vegan because of climate change, your health or animal rights, eliminating animal products takes a bit of work. It’s not a simple choice to make when you’re accustomed to eating meat all of your life. The reason why people fail to become vegan for an extended period is due to a lack of knowledge or jumping into the diet quickly.
Consequently, since I have been in the realm of not eating animal products for years and slowly transitioned to stricter diets involving veganism and plant-based foods, I feel the call to share tips. The following information is provided based on my experience and what has worked for me to stay on track.
Research About The Different Types of Non-Animal Diets
If you are thinking about becoming vegan, you should be aware there are different types of diet options other than veganism. To put it in simpler terms, I listed different types of diets that are the most popular and included their definition:
Vegetarian: Does not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Occasionally consumes dairy and eggs.
Vegan: “Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.”
Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (WFPB): “[..] doesn’t include any meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs. It’s not, however, the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A WFPB diet is also defined by what it emphasizes: a large variety of whole foods.” WFPB does not consume processed foods or products.
Once you have a basic understanding of the different types of non-animal diets, you can begin to analyze which ones appeal to you the most. More importantly, you want to keep in mind which ones are tiered closely to your intention for choosing to eliminate animal products – which leads us to the next step.
Have A Clear Intention As To Why You Are Choosing To Eliminate Animal Products
When you are thinking about becoming vegan, don’t allow other people’s opinions to be the source of your choice. Take a moment for yourself after researching the different types of diets as to why you want to transition.
In your research, it’s also wise to read the scientific studies backing each diet. For example, if your intention of eliminating animal products is due to the impact, it possibly has on the climate – research precisely that. Do the same thing if your reasons are due to your wellbeing or your concern with animal agriculture.
Also, having a clear intention that you truly believe in will help you stay on track if you decide to switch. Using my personal experience as an example:
I decided to switch to a whole plant-based food diet for multiple reasons but ideally to better my health. When I am in a tough situation that presents for I choose between a donut or fruit, I fall back to my original decision of becoming plant-based. Which in this scenario, I want fruit because it’s better for my health versus eating a donut.
Hence, having a clear intention will be your wing in tough situations. You can always fall back as to why you chose this new diet, so it helps you to make better food choices.
More Importantly, Don’t Be Afraid and Take It Easy
What I mean about that is when you finally decide to transition, if you slip up here and there, don’t beat yourself about it. And, it’s essential not to have a fear of making mistakes, especially at the beginning. Take it easy on yourself and don’t rush the change. If you want to know what the first leaping steps are, click here, as I highlight some pointers.
In summary, creating a base for yourself that includes researching about becoming vegan, setting your intentions, and not being afraid to take the leap – will be a great assistance for you to make a concrete choice that best suits you.