A question I get asked frequently is “Is it hard to be vegan” and the simple answer is “No”
Should I just end this post now?
O.k. – I’ll keep going and explain why it’s not at all difficult.
The hardest part to being vegan is taking the initial step into the plant-based kitchen. Deciding that you’re going to flip the ratio of meat to veggie on it’s ear and go veggie to meat. In fact for many days during the week, you’re even going to try having no meat at all.
That’s the hardest part.
Once you’ve made the decision the rest kind of falls into place. Such as discovering What to Eat Instead of Meat (great title for a book … oh yes, one I’ve written). It’s learning about having beans, peas (as in chickpeas) or lentils instead of beef, chicken or fish.
Next, it’s getting some recipes and you can’t get a better cookbook than Mr Google!!!
Just type in something like ‘vegan recipe with lentils’ and you’ll get so many hits you’ll have a hard time picking just one.
You can also meet like-minded people. Get out there and get among other vegans and vegetarians. You can start with FaceBook. There are many, many vegan groups …. but a word of warning, find one that is supportive of new vegans – these are the groups that will help you whenever you need it.
Perhaps you can find a group in your town. http://meetup.com is a brilliant place to start. You will have to ‘join’ which is free then you can search for vegan groups in your area.
Another place to go is to the local cafe that you know sells vegan food. Ask them if them if they know of a group that you can join. Maybe you can put up a sign for newbie vegans to meet for coffee there.
The point of all this is that the hardest part is definitely the start. Just like anything, when you step outside of your comfort zone it’s scary and strange – but, believe me when I say – get into this way of cooking and suddenly it becomes your comfort zone!!!
If you need help at all, I am here for you. Jump on a live call with me for ½ hour and ask me anything you like – it’s free and I’m happy to help.
Pop through to my appointment calendar and made a time that suits (time is shown in N.Z. zone), I’d love to connect.
One last thing … if you’re new to veganism, then make it as healthy as you can, (yes there are unhealthy vegans), go whole-food plant based eating which will mean that you get a great bonus … your own health.