Going Vegan: Gradually Or All At Once?
Going Vegan: Gradually Or All At Once? In this article, we give a sneak peak into our highly sought-after eBook, Vegan Made Easy. Suffice to say, there are two ways that you can go vegan: gradually or all at once.
Going Vegan: All At Once
Going vegan gradually seems to be the popular choice. Think of it like putting your toe in the water before slowly lowering yourself in, eventually becoming completely submerged. It’s not that exciting and you won’t make a big splash, but you also don’t risk going into shock from the sudden change.
The main benefit of going vegan gradually is that one change at a time is doable. For example, it might look like this:
1st Week: Switch to plant milks instead of dairy.
2nd Week: Make your dinners vegan.
3rd Week: Make your breakfasts vegan; give up eggs.
4th Week: Start packing vegan lunches to bring to work; give up cheese.
5th Week: Tell everyone that you are now vegan; refuse any non-vegan food which that is offered to you.
Going Vegan: Willpower
I personally prefer the all-at-once approach to going vegan. This is because I do better with making big changes all at once instead of drawing things out. Just making the decision to go vegan had me pumped with adrenaline. I was able to use that adrenaline surge to get me through some of the rough patches– like going out with friends and there being literally nothing on the menu to order. By the time the adrenaline wore off, I was already 100% vegan and not fazed by rough moments.
I also found it takes a lot more willpower to go vegan gradually than all at once. I would have been tempted to “cheat” since I was still eating this-and-that animal food.
Going Vegan: Gradually
If you do decide to take the gradual approach to veganism, consider how you are going to inform your friends. It is a lot easier to go vegan all at once than explain to friends, that “This week I’m not eating meat. Next week I won’t be eating milk. The week after that…” You’ll need to explain to them that the end goal is to be 100% vegan, otherwise they will be too confused by your new diet rules to give you any support.
Going Vegan: The Cost
If you do decide to go vegan all at once, be warned that it’s probably going to cost you a lot. At first, you’ll suddenly try a lot of new foods (some of which you’ll have no clue how to cook). Be prepared to spend a lot of time in the grocery store aisles figuring out what foods you can eat. Moreover, you’ll spend more time in the kitchen. You also have to be careful that you’re eating healthy or you could end up with a nutrient deficiency.
Regardless of which approach you choose, you will need support. Rally the support of any vegans you know. Maybe ask them if you can join them on shopping trips or see how they prepare dinner. Trust me, they won’t mind if you invite yourself over for dinner!
Going Vegan: Support Groups
If you don’t know any vegans, then you will want to scout out some vegan groups. I personally find it more beneficial to connect with people in person. But, if you can’t find vegans in your community, you can turn to the internet.
Here are some places you can find vegans in your local community:
– Vegetarian Resource Group’s list of local and state groups (USA and international)
– Meetup.com – Just choose your area and search for “vegan” (International)
– Vegan Society’s list of local groups (UK)
– Your local co-op’s bulletin board – you’ll often find vegan potlucks advertised here
Here are some places to connect with vegans online:
– Facebook and Twitter
– Google+ — I particularly love this G+ vegan community
– happycow.net community
Don’t forget to rally the support of your non-vegan friends and family too! They might not be going through the transition with you, but they can still be supportive and compassionate. In the next chapter of Vegan Made Easy, we talk about how to make the announcement that you are vegan so you can get support from your friends and family.
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