The plant-based journey has many phases. Â It usually starts off with the transition from meat-eating to vegetarianism then from vegetarianism to veganism. Â Some stop there and others go on to be raw foodist. Â Either way, there are phases and moving from one phase to another is never as easy as some may think, particularly the transition from vegetarian to vegan.
Being a vegetarian has its perks. Â You can still enjoy a bowl of chunky monkey ice cream. Â Mac and cheese is still on your list of favorite guilty pleasures. Â A slice of cheese pizza still occasionally crosses your path and if you’re a pesco-vegetarian you can still indulge in a seafood medley whenever the mood strikes. Â On top of all that, dining out still offers you an array of options.
Yet, to your dismay life as a vegan proves to be quite detrimental and has unexpectedly dealt you a bit of a blow. Â You now have to seek out alternatives to dairy. Â Eating out has become an insurmountable challenge as most restaurants are not vegan-friendly. Â The cravings have become overwhelming and if you see one more advertisement of a thick, juicy steak you just might slap somebody.
Nonetheless, once you get your bearings and your vision starts to clear you arrive at a place of peace. Â You get more comfortable with your decision and take on a less resistant approach. Â You’ve done a little research, have been struck with some creative inspiration and are now preparing tasteful plant-based meals during every spare moment. Â You’ve just about forgotten all about your old life as a meat eater. Â You no longer get offended when people look at you like you’re from another planet. Â Moreover, you’ve moved past the loneliness that once consumed you when you didn’t have any vegan friends.
Now what propels you forward is the voice inside that assures you that you’re doing the right thing. Â Also, more than anything, you are proud to be an ethical eater. Â Your confidence is through the roof so at every opportunity you’re educating everyone in ears length about your new found dietary bliss and encouraging them to explore it. Â The new vegan that is now you looks and feels fabulous and is anxious to see what’s ahead. Â Who knows you may even try going raw.
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