Six Lucky Keys For Adopting a Vegan Lifestyle
Easing Into the Lifestyle
When you first become a vegan it can be hard to stick with it. I’m sure many of you are either on the fence about trying this lifestyle out for yourself or you have tried it and gave up. Because we often miss our favorite foods or didn’t feel satisfied after eating, so we revert back to our previous eating habits. This is actually part of the process so don’t worry. You have to run back to your old ways sometimes to realize they really aren’t for you at all anymore. The reason it’s hard to make a switch in lifestyle like this is mainly due to the fact that most people have years of neglecting to eat fresh leafy greens, whole grains, and fresh fruit on a daily basis.
It can feel uncomfortable when making the switch from a diet rich in animal products, (steak or beef, chicken, and fish) animal bi-products (cheese, and all things dairy) and highly refined carbohydrates (sugary pastries, pastas and sweets) to a diet rich in whole foods plant based choices (kale, spinach, and other dark leafy greens.) This article will explain how to take the steps that will ensure you stay on the path of living a healthy lifestyle that gives you energy, happiness, and the feeling of personal self mastery
1. Baby step the process.
It can be as simple as writing down a list of ten of your favorite foods that are already whole plant based nutrient rich sources of calories. Reminding yourself that the foods you already love are available for your mouth twenty four hours a day will give you the courage to start introducing them to your meal plans. A list of my top ten favorite fruits to snack and vegetables to stir up in the pan are:
- Shredded Carrots
- Cherry tomatoes (technically a fruit, and they make a great snack option!
2. Understand How Food Plays a Role in Your Life
Instead of outsourcing the process of nourishing your body to a third party the next time you’re hungry try getting in touch with how eating supports you in your daily life. Write down why you love the foods you love and how they became your favorites. Did you develop a liking for eating a certain food because someone around you liked it too? Is there a certain emotion attached to your preference to eat burgers, pizzas, or ice cream that cause you to reach for them over green leafy vegetables, succulent fruit and whole grains instead.
Understanding your personal food blueprint will give you valuable insight into why you eat the foods you do and allow you take control of the process. If you feel overwhelmed with the seemingly enormity of the task of taking on a new eating regime read on it does get easier sweet friend.
3. Recognize that You are Already in Control of what You Eat
Have you been around a screaming child? maybe you have kids who will throw a tantrum when they don’t get their way. Our stomachs can often be drowned out by our own psychology which demands you pound down that double cheese burger with extra bacon because it’s Sooooo good. Listen I agree and I’ve been there, but what really allowed me to make a shift from being a slave to my appetites and tune into what body actually needed to thrive and energize me fully was the all important word: NO.
Saying no to your drives can be quite challenging because the emotions are incredible at motivating us to take action even if it’s a destructive habit. Mainly we have to learn that we have programmed our subconscious mind for either success or failure. The first step on your path to nutritional mastery is recognizing that when you do step up and take the wheel there can and often will be a backlash even rebellion.
4. Think of your Body as a Powerful Nation
Complete the self image puzzle by viewing your body as a nation with it’s own citizens, governments (or not) and culture all its own. Every time you feed yourself you are essentially allowing a package of information across your borders. Because most of us are so lax about inspecting our borders for any cargo that might be harmful for us years down the road it isn’t until years down the road that we begin to suffer adverse health affects.
Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the artery walls and is a leading factor of coronary heart disease which is the number one killer in America and by an large a world wide mass murderer. The disturbing fact is that atherosclerosis takes years to manifest in your body as something to take notice of and often it is too late. The arteries have become so clogged from years of shoving meat and cheese into our bodies which are caked onto the passageways that carry our blood where they need to go.
5. Create a Journal Outlining What You Will Buy In the Store
This is one of my favorite ways to stay on track with the vegan lifestyle, and adds so much value to my shopping experience! In and out, beating the traffic, keeping costs low and eating as much as I want for the week to come. Making a clear list you write in a journal will focus you for when you go out and start purchasing in a strategic fashion. There is a myth that eating healthy needs to be expensive and is a hard area to maintain because you have to prepare your meals. This is a two part issue to address so I will break it apart piece by piece.
First of all eating healthy as an omnivore is FAR more expensive than eating a plant based diet, and specifically a vegan diet. Once you start to load your basket or cart up with only whole foods and limit the processed and highly refined food items your bank account will sigh in relief! Buying meat, cheese, and bread quickly adds up and can add dollars to your receipt by tens of dollars each visit. Buying a weeks worth of kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and some earth balance will create a strong foundation for fueling body with highly nutrient dense, and low calorie foods.
The second issue is that it’s too much effort or work to cook all your meals by hand. I am going to take a little bit of a tougher stance on this and guess that you are looking to get into the best shape of your life. Looking better with your shirt off and having a lean supple body is not achievable by staying in a pattern of laziness. Once you begin to realize that adding a cooking ritual at least three or four nights a week you will be increasing your physical, mental, and psychological activity which will translate into more calories burned. The additional activity that your brain and psychology undergoes when you begin a new cooking habit will be influential in creating a new and sustainable lifestyle that will give you many long term benefits in the realm of mind over matter or self mastery.
6. Disciplining the Mind
Remember the screaming child I mentioned earlier? The parent who gives in to his tyrant infant will feed into the child’s reality that with a scream a thon they can get their way. What if instead the parent calmly went about the work, not giving in for a moment and not acting the least bit flustered by the childs apparent outbursts of displeasure. Eventually the child will become quiet and curious with the parents apparent calm and cool indifference to the emotional storm that they’ve released.
This is the way to be a strong leader and your child will respect you much more than if you were to coddle your childs mood and every whim. This same approach is exactly the strategy you take with your mind which will eventually win your minds powers and they are very powerful on your team again. Meditation is also a great way to put your mind on the fast track to getting on your schedule instead of just keeping you on the familiar path of meat and dairy you’ve been walking your whole life.
This list is by no means exhaustive. There’s a whole legion of powerful ways to keep you so satisfied and happy that being a vegan will be completely effortless! You will notice how much strength, energy, and mental clarity you discover within yourself when you make the shift from the standard American diet to a kind, nourishing, and simple plant based approach to nutrition. The pounds will melt away, and your mood will sky rocket! I should know because I’ve been doing this for years and consider my vegan lifestyle to be one of my most precious relationships!