Guide to Going Vegan!
Thinking about going vegan in 2018? Well have no fear because this guide will give you a nice head start!
As vegan AF as I come across, I wasn’t always vegan, nor did I transition overnight. It was a slow and steady process, with many learning lessons along the way. And that’s the point of this guide, so let’s get at it!...
Don’t get hung up on perfection. Perfection is a state of flawlessness, without any room for error. Which in a world of imperfection, unfortunately does more harm than good for those who are exploring the idea of going vegan or for those who have already transitioned. Why? It paralyzes one with fear, that they are never doing it “right” and results in A)Never starting or B)Quitting. I often say the word Vegan is more importantly a signpost for love, compassion and respect for all life. Focus on that. Not on beating yourself up because you touched a drop of dairy that accidentally landed on top of your Soy Mocha Frappuccino lid you just ordered from Starbucks.
Start where you feel comfortable. You could start with a massive vegan couch, that's pretty comfy... seriously though, as ideal as it would be to eliminate all forms of animal exploitation in your current lifestyle overnight, it is a process which requires patience and self-compassion. The most important part is that you start, and start where you feel is most sustainable for you… i.e. food, toiletries, clothing etc.
Small steps count. Once you identify where you would like to start, assess your limits and start taking sustainable steps forward that will always get you closer, not further from your end goal of living a compassionate life for all life. Before you know it you'll be eating avocados and bananas at a protest with your fellow vegan friends - well only if you want to, otherwise just eat the bananas and avocados at home.
Enjoy the journey. Put on them cruelty free boots cause' it's an amazing ride! The people you'll meet and experiences you will have are a reward in itself. Ultimately each and every choice you make does matter to help an animal in need, improve your health and the environment.