How to stay vegan when feeling unmotivated
Let’s say you went vegan, you probably started by transitioning, you gave up the dairy products and the meat. You even went a step further, you no longer use animal by-products like honey, leather, silk, wool, etc…
Now, you’ve been at it for quite some time. The family gatherings still feel like you rather get your wisdom tooth pulled than watching people devouring innocent animals flesh while professing the love animals. It’s totally understandable, after all that much display of flesh-eating is quite disturbing! Why do they have to talk like they suddenly have a degree in nutrition, and so invested in the amount of protein you get?
Let’s say you breeze through all of that, keep your calm even when someone made the stupidest comment like how vegans are not manly, or vegans are plain hippie, tree huggers with all sort of eating disorders.
It’s been weeks, months, even years, and out of the blues, you no longer want to go on.
Being vegan suddenly feel like living on a desert island. Your friends don’t want to hang out anymore. It’s too high maintenance to stay in or even eat out with you.
It’s so hard to keep up with you! Are vegans like some weird kind of vegetarians? Is it the same as being gluten-free? Is veganism a weird cult? It’s ridiculous! You might as well give up, right?
Honestly, it would be ok if you feel like it is hard to stay vegan. It’s hard to stand out, to be different. It’s absolutely ok to stand up for what you believe in, for the voiceless!
We are living in a world where most of us feel more connected to online communities than the real world. Why don’t you take advantage of that?
Join online support groups
Stay vegan can feel less cumbersome if you have like-minded people to talk to. Humans are meant to congregate. You might not have vegans living close to you but there is a world of them at your fingertips.
Just be careful which groups you join. Mean, ignorant people are everywhere no matter their lifestyle. Some can be quite judgmental.
Try new food
Some people are creatures of habits, some like me, are adventure seekers. We love changes. Trying some new vegan recipes might be just what you need to get you back on track, to stay vegan.
If cooking is not your thing, look up new restaurants in your area. Everything can be made vegan, especially if it’s already vegetarian.
Stay vegan can be as simple as trying new spices, new fruits, or vegetables.
What is the worst that can happen? Don’t you like them? Keep trying, it could be fun!
Meal delivery services and subscription can be useful if they are available in your area and compatible with your financial goals and needs.
Find new reasons to stay vegan
Stay vegan is just not your thing anymore? You gave it your best shot, it’s just not working out!
That’s totally ok! We are humans, we discover new things, we were made with an ever-evolving mind.
Stuff that makes sense today can become meaningless the next. Our taste change, our circumstances, our environment doesn’t stay the same. I used to hate eggplant, just the thought of it used to make me hitch. Now, I cannot get enough of the godforsaken thing! Brussels sprouts used to be those crazy evil cabbage cousins, so small, yet so awful! Now, I crave them! I could eat them every day!
My point is if staying vegan for your health is not doing it for you anymore. Find new reasons. Trust me there is plenty. Besides doing the right thing, being kind, compassionate is always a good idea!
I could flood your mind with facts on how bad consuming animals is detrimental to your health and the environment but really, you need to find a reason you are passionate about. Find it and hold on to it when you think about giving up.
A few of my favorite movies and books to keep me on track:
How not to die ( Audiobook), Michael Greger
The environment is sure a great reason to stay vegan!
The earth is our home, do you ever consider the impact our lifestyle choices have one it?
Are you willing to live with the consequences of those choices?
Let’s consider some facts:
- In regions where a plant-based diet is a norm, cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, diabetes type 2, obesity is less common than places where animal-based diet is prevalent. –Source
- Eat your fruits and vegetables, you will live longer! –Source
- The quarter-pound American love so much is an average 30 American showers.
- A vegan consumes 600 gallons less than the average American meat eater.
- one serving of poultry takes 90 gallons of water.
- Animal agriculture causes 50% of Australia’s Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- Just one cattle station in North Queensland has been dumping 500,000 tons of sediment- primarily animal waste- onto the reef each year.- Source
When everything else fails, get rid of all temptations
It’s kind of the same when you have a food allergy. Pay attention to what you are eating, avoid the offensive food. You probably don’t keep it in your pantry to avoid consuming it when your willpower is at its weakness.
You will be surprised how easy it is to avoid cheese, or any other type of animal products when you don’t have them hanging out in your fridge and pantry. Out of sight, out of heart!
Remember, the less you consume something, the less you crave it.
The opposite is also valid. The more you have a food around, the more you like it, the more you will want it.
Stock up on your favorites! I always have hummus, cucumbers, fruits, and nuts ready for a quick snack!
I always bring something vegan when I am invited to a family gathering or a potluck. If it’s not an option, I usually eat before I leave. It doesn’t have to be something fancy or elaborate.
I can keep talking how much staying true to this lifestyle is beneficial for you, the animals, and the earth. In the end, it’s your choice. Make sure you can live with it.
What do you do to stay motivated? Any advice?