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I have been a vegetarian for most of my life because I believed, like many vegetarians, that the animals weren’t being killed or hurt so it was fine to eat the cheese and eggs. I wanted to go vegan when I really started to learn how wrong I was about cruelty. I had all the same concerns most of us do, like how expensive was it going to be and how will I ever eat out at restaurants.
The one thing I was not worried about is what my family would think. To my surprise this is the one area of going vegan that has been the worst. Every family event I have to try to be polite and then dodge questions of why I am either not eating or why it is such a small amount. I have always been snarky and a little bit of a black sheep so I have to try to hold in what I really want to say to these questions which is because I do not want to be sickly and dying in the way all my grandparents are. It is really not so horrible to want things to be better.
Going to family stuff with my fiancee’s side is much worse though because I feel like I have to be polite and I have found myself eating non-vegan stuff every now and then because I do not know how to say no to them. You can call me a hypocrite and whatever you want but my number one thing I can say about it being hard to go vegan is not eating vegan, but it is your non-vegan family and friends who will innocently sabotage you.
So here are my 5 Tips To Help You Go Vegan:
1 Try to plan ahead as much as possible. Buy yourself some good Tupperware and make leftovers! You are not going to want to or be able to cook at home for every single meal of the week. Do not look for vegan recipes for one or two. Make a bigger portion and eat the rest over the week.
My tofu fried rice recipe is one of my favorites and it makes enough for leftovers to eat when I am working.
Make your breakfast ahead of time if your mornings are hectic. You can make multiple of these overnight oats and keep them in the fridge to eat all week long.
2 Do not get lured in to the fancy vegan products. Yes they are often tasty, but this is a money pit. Keep it simple and you will find that you will save a lot of money this way. The fancy stuff can be a treat for special occasions.
3 Your closest family and friends (who are non-vegan) will be hard to say no to. Refer to step one and carry a snack in your pocket or something. Seems silly but believe me you will be glad you did.
Here is one of my recent snack ideas, delicious power balls.
4 Do not cut out foods you love! I made vegan loaded-fries a few nights ago and it was just as tasty as the real deal. You can more than likely find a way to make your favorite food vegan or at least something similar that you will also love.
5 Get adventurous. There are so many more vegan recipes and restaurants (or at least options at restaurants) out there than you think. All you have to do is be looking for them.
It may take a little getting used to but being vegan becomes super second-nature after a few weeks and you will find that you don’t have to put much effort into it anymore. Remember you can do this!
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