I was blessed to be raised by a mother that did not fair well with meat. She was a vegetation mostly. My father was the meat and potato guy. He also love to hunt and fish. We went years not eating anything my father did not proudly ketch himself. So, transition to becoming a vegan started when I was a kid and finally took when I became an adult realizing the moral and healthy choice over the spoon fed, social pressured marketing choice of eating dead rotten flesh and products made out of the animals.
Seems for me the process happened overnight. In some ways I say yes and other ways no, took a few years for me to become a vegan. When I was a kid, I would eat the beans, vegetables, grains, pasta, breads, and fruits just fine. Now when eating the meat that my parents provided, not so much. I would fight and fuss. A few nights I had sat at the table staring at a piece of cold bloody steak my father insisted I ate, only to be rescued hours later by my mother. Thankfully my mother would give me more beans and bread. Of course only leaving my father frustrated since he grew up with the poor belief eating meat was a must.
Well at a young are I knew better. When my grandmother would take me to get fresh milk I would asked about the cows. So if I knew I was eating cow I would protest. Yet, as the years went on I too turned a blind eye to the truth and gave into social pressure. For years I ate meat and fish without a thought. What got me to awaken to veganism once again was learning the word "speciesism". That is the day I simple stop eating any animals, fish, or animal products. All lives matters. There is no difference from the dog to the cow. Nor the goldfish, the freshly caught Trout or the rotten shipped Trout to the store.
I have been blessed to never look back nor have a craving. Once I learned the truth behind marketing and the lies, I craved more knowledge and the passion to share a clean and compassionate life through veganism. Yes, I have had a few cravings for certain foods, such as pizza. I simple have found another plant-base food to meet the craving. Also, I had used lots of substitutes to help me during the transitions. As you learn with me, you will see I still do use substitutes.
|Amy's is a great way to transition when first learning how to cook fresh Vegan foods|
What I recommend to heavy meat eaters is to take one meal or one day at a time. What I mean is pick one day or one meal each day to be vegan. Do that for a week. The following week two meals or two days. Do this process until you reach being vegan everyday and being a vegan comes naturally.
Another great way to transition is to learn all you can, such as where to get a vegan meal out if you are out on the town with friends. For example, there are over a hundred restaurants and fast foods that offer vegan foods.
Also, learn the health reason why not to consume dead animal flesh and products. The more we learn why our bodies live a healthy life through live plant-based foods the more we can avoid, heal, and prevent sickness, and diseases while maintaining being a vegan. The more we know, the better and compassionate choices we can make. Knowledge is power.
To further grow confidence in the transition learn how you can have a well balance diet by simply eating fresh plant-base foods. One of the things that impressed me is all plant-based foods have protein for example. So, as longs as you are consuming enough calories you will always have enough protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. The original food source of nutrition is in all plant-based foods.
Forgive yourself if you make a mistake and if you did not know a certain cereal or candy is not vegan. Learning all the hidden animal products is also part of the learning to become a healthy vegan. Remember Rome was not built in a night. Forgive yourself. Say a blessing for the life that was sacrificed. Start a new within the present moment.
Also, not all vegan foods are healthy. If you are like me and once loved to eat junk food keep enjoying your foods that are simply animal free, and still yummy and deliciously junkie, such as Oreo cookies, breads, pizza, and pancakes.
The transition is as good as you make things. I enjoy all the plant-based foods I know. I slowly add in more and more that I never tried or did not care for in the past. Been a few years now since I became a full-time Vegan. I have found some vegetables like okra I enjoy better verses in the past I would had said "no thank you, not so much".
I have learned to love food more since I became a Vegan. Knowing what you are eating is a reward in itself. I love the history of plant-based foods. I so love sweets, such as chocolate. I have found a hot cup of almond milk and special dark chocolate is the best. I also been enjoying fruit pies, such as strawberries and blueberries. Lots of plant-based foods provides me comfort from sweets, to the basic potatoes and beans. Thinking about mashed potatoes makes me hungry. So, my biggest recommendation is to find the things that you love and brings you comfort from the large variety of plant-base food.
In time the sweet rewards of being a vegan will keep you strong. Until then learn about the Chicken, Tuna, Cow, and the Pig. Did you know we all have the same primal needs, as well as the need for family and love to thrive in a natural life?
|I so love Vegan pizza at Papa Johns|