This post is called 5 things you need to know before you go vegan but actually there is probably only really ONE thing you need to know. And that is your WHY. Why do you want to become a vegan? What is the driving force behind an undeniably large life change? If you don’t know your WHY then you probably don’t have the staying power to see this through when your friends and family roll their eyes and mutter things about “steak supper” and “ridiculousness”.
I am still on the fence with my own journey to becoming a vegan. Some days I am all in, fascinated and immersed in the lifestyle. Some days I am pulling my hair out because I have to cook three different meals for my family of six and I don’t have time nor inclination. And some days I’m am weak willed and give in to the lure of a sausage sarnie. That’s my honest truth about my own dabbles with veganism.
My WHY is purely down to the animal cruelty of the meat industry. When I allow myself to acknowledge the fact that there are rotting animal carcasses in my fridge and freezer, or I picture the live animal as I handle bits of its dead body – I want to cry, I can literally feel the pain and fear that the poor animal must have suffered and I want to hurl my guts up.
Many more days than this I am just too tired and too busy to allow myself to think it through and so I continue to serve up meat to both myself and my family because it’s just the easy thing to do.
Basically I am a fair weather vegan if there even is such a thing.
Today though I have sat down to educate myself properly on the subject and in doing so this blog post came to mind. I know a lot of you over on my Instagram have expressed interest in the topic of veganism and so I’m kinda hoping this might be useful for one or two of you on your own journey with veganism.
So here goes:
5 things you need to know before you go vegan
- Like I said before – find your WHY. You need to believe in your own WHY and you need to hold on to it but I think everyone’s WHY is personal to them. In a nutshell – don’t do it because someone else you like is doing it.
- This is not about weight loss. If you are thinking about veganism as a weight loss mechanism then this is not the “diet” for you. Because heads up – chip butties are totes vegan and nobody ever lost weight eating all the carbs and fat…
- You can do it YOUR way. There are seriously hardcore vegans out there and for me that attitude is really off-putting. If I want to be “vegan” then I can do it in my own way because for me it means being considerate of what and how I eat, being conscious about whether there was animal cruelty or suffering involved in my choices but it does not mean that if you have a bad day and eat a sausage butty, that I am suddenly an evil, fake vegan. One mis-judged choice does not a baddie make and nobody will throw you out of the imaginary vegan club.
- You don’t have to jump all in straight away. As above, you can do it your way. Start with some small swaps, start with gradually reducing your meat intake – maybe try meat-free Monday for example and see how you get on. The only rules are the ones you are imposing yourself because this is a lifestyle choice dictated by your own personal WHY.
- You need to take a Vitamin B12 supplement because if you are fully vegan then you cannot get this important vitamin from your food intake. But hey, I take them anyway because they help with your energy levels and which busy mum doesn’t need that?
Once I started writing this post, I could have written a lot more things you need to know than just the five but I didn’t want to overwhelm you.
And that for me looks like the key to the whole thing – moderation, starting slowly, gradually acclimatising to a new way of life and trying to enjoy the process along the way.
Let me know in the comments box if you are thinking of trying veganism or if you already are a vegan – I would love to know what your WHY is.