On January 1, 2017 it will be a year since I switched my lifestyle to a vegetarian one. I will say it has not always been easy, but it has been a little easier than when I first tried it, over 10 years ago. There are so many more options available to people today than before. With the introduction of the internet and the ability to search and find numerous articles, blogs, and nutritional research online, it makes the leap to a plant-based diet so much easier.
I never would have thought about taking a vegetarian cooking class. You would think, it’s just vegetables how hard can it be. Well, let me tell you without cooking tips, tricks and tools for this lifestyle a person will find it challenging to be successful in making the switch. So, if you are still struggling with the transition, I really recommend looking into a local resource at your organic grocery store, health food store, community college, yoga studio or something similar. I am sure you can find people teaching vegetarian cooking techniques to help you expand your recipe book without little to no cost to you. They also help you to find and establish a balanced plant-based diet because no one can live on salad alone.
In 2017, I am going to attempt to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle. I believe most of my cooking leans heavily vegan, although I do still have an occasional egg or two a month and I enjoy my dairy & cheeses. So, I will need to learn how to prepare more vegan non-dairy alternatives for sour cream, cheese, yogurt and similar products. Wish me luck as I venture on yet another exciting lifestyle change.
I also plan to pay closer attention to where my non-food products are made and what it is made with. Are the business practices sustainable, are they eco-friendly, do they employ business processes that are not harmful to the environment, people and animals.
I do know that I want to focus on buying consumer products made in places other than China or where labor conditions are unfair to workers, women and children. I have always been a strong supporter of Fair Trade products, so now I have to look for vegan fair trade goods, from cosmetics to clothing to daily household supplies. This might be the most challenge part of becoming a vegan, but I am up for the challenge.
I have learned a lot this past year about myself and my commitment to this lifestyle. I have not once forced my lifestyle choice on anyone. I have been congratulated and praised for making this switch by many. People ask me more questions about how the change has worked for me. They too are interested in making some diet changes as well. I tell each and everyone of them that they need to eat for health and not eat to eat. They need to make one or two simple changes a week and see what that does for their body, the energy, their sleep. If it feels good, then keep doing it and gradually make the switch. Don’t wait for a scare in your life to make you change, it will be much harder to be forced than to do it by choice.
I found this online article put out by Forks Over Knives that was interesting. If you are still deciding about a plant-based diet, then this will MYTH BUST some preconceived notions. Until next year, have a wonderful holiday season and all the best in the coming new year. Go Vegan!
Aloha from Hawaii,
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