I created this website is to add my voice to the burgeoning vegan choir. It’s now clear that if as many humans as possible ate a vegan diet everyone would benefit. Humans, animals, and the planet. What’s not to like? Here’s how you can get there stress-free.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It
If you can’t go vegan overnight, then start by eating as vegan as possible today. Better to slip up some of the time as you get used to it, than to give up before you start, believing it to be impossible. Whatever your motivation for going vegan, be it health, beauty, the environment or animal welfare, you are in good company.
In my experience, the following approach to going vegan works.
Start Out By Eating Vegan At Home
Go cold turkey. Give up meat, fish, eggs and all dairy today, but only when at home. At home, make it a strict rule that you break for no-one. Not even visitors. Every meal or snack eaten at home is vegan. This will have several consequences. You will:
- Get used to buying and cooking with clean ingredients
- Improve your vegan repertoire and confidence
- After a while, preparing vegan food will seem normal
- If you eat the right vegan foods, your skin, hair and health will improve.
If Struggling, Eat Vegetarian In Restaurants
It will be hard to find decent food sometimes and if your willpower is low when out with friends, then don’t force it. Eat vegetarian food instead if you find that any of the following apply.
- can’t get a vegan meal
- don’t fancy the one vegan offer on the menu
- can’t stand quinoa
- feel deprived
or whatever, then order something vegetarian. On no account order fish or meat.
Non-Vegan Eating Out
Most restaurants will provide a reasonable vegetarian meal. However, vegan offerings in non-vegan establishments can be non-existent, choice-free or very poor.
When you’re out with friends, especially at the beginning of your vegan journey, you may feel deprived or hard done by if they’re all gleefully tucking into something you used to eat, and all you’ve got is a bowl full of something that looks like anaemic fish eggs, (that’s what I call quinoa).
You’ll need to avoid these feelings until you reach the stage where you feel 100% comfortable in refusing to go to restaurants that don’t serve you well. If you can avoid feeling deprived you’ll reach the goal of eating pretty much exclusively vegan food much sooner.
I say pretty much as we do not live in a vegan country, and while things are improving, the food industry puts milk into many unexpected processed foods as a cheap filler. So you’ll at some point ingest dairy products without realising it, until you get really good at all of this.
My point is it takes time, so let it. You are not letting anyone down or any animal down. At least you are trying to do the right thing. It is not your fault that you have been brought up to join in and fund animal oppression, without even realising it.
Assuming you eat out once per week or less, the result will be that eventually, the taste of “udder” will become apparent in all milk-based items and will be offensive to you.
Dairy is still a cruel industry that uses animals as if they were machines. Milk products are bad for health, but as we’re trying to focus on a successful outcome, don’t beat yourself up if you eat some cheese or cream while away from home.
The psychological impact of this method is powerful. By keeping your home clear of animal produce you are starting to fix the problem from your core.
So Called “Good Food” Will Start To Look Horrible
If you follow my rules – which is strictly vegan at home, vegan or vegetarian outside – you’ll eventually lose all desire for dairy.
You’ll tend towards becoming totally vegan as time passes. The way you think will change. Allow yourself the time for this change to take place. What’s the alternative? Continuing to oppress because you couldn’t go vegan in one hit?
Because you’ll be cooking such delicious vegan food at home, you’ll soon start to look critically at restaurants and dinner parties that require animals to die. People who eat meat will start to look a bit backward as you move forward. You’ll understand there is no reason to kill anything to eat well.
Further you’ll be reluctant to fund meat businesses when you can avoid doing so.
A day will come when you no longer see cheese, dairy, eggs, fish or meat as normal food. But you don’t have to get there on day 1. Just follow the plan I’ve suggested and you will get there.