As discussed in the videos, there might (will?!) come a time when you stop eating vegan. Whether it is for one meal, one day or one year, that does not have to be the end of your vegan journey.
Stopping & Starting Is Normal
You have eaten NON-vegan longer than you have eaten vegan. Learning new habits takes time, practice and diligence.
Who cares?: You haven’t been vegan your whole life, so it makes sense that it would be a challenge. Shrug it off and don’t beat yourself up. Pace yourself at whatever pace works for you – remember: this is the long game.
There is no wagon: If you “fail” at eating vegan by going for a period of time where you eat non-vegan things, this implies that you have to be totally pure to be vegan. I suggest that you don’t have to be. You don’t have to be a purist. One drop off butter won’t make you a raging omnivore again. This is not sobriety. But… do put one foot in front of the other on the path to health! One day at a time!
There’s no point in letting a non-vegan spell stop you from continuing on with a vegan diet. That’s silly!
Reflect, reassess and regroup: First of all, forgive yourself. You’re not a sinner because you ate non-vegan. But… ask yourself some questions to come up with a plan for going forward.
- Why did you eat non-vegan? Can you figure out why?
- What are your trouble points and how can you get over them?
- What are the circumstances under which you have non-vegan food?
- Do you need more vegans in your life for moral support?
- Did you just get hangry (hungry and angry) and you need to carry more snacks?!
- Are you frustrated that you don’t fit in anymore?
- Are you bored? Maybe you need to mix it up and try new recipes and new restaurants.
Vent!: If you are dealing with the above issues alone, it might be worth it to connect with fellow vegans. We’ve all been there. Just because it’s annoying to stick out as a vegan doesn’t mean you can’t figure out how to deal with it. Vent to us and we’ll commiserate and give you some advice. We got you.
Take a break: Maybe you are actually obsessing over your veganism and it’s exhausting you. Take a break and come back. Talk to others and, again, reflect, reassess and regroup.
Don’t blame veganism: I definitely think you should listen to your body. If you aren’t feeling well because of food, it’s worth it to figure out why. I would just remind you that there are likely many non-vegan foods that don’t make you feel great so I wouldn’t say all vegan food is the cause of your issue. For example, maybe soy cheese is hard for you and if you simply cut that out, the rest of a vegan diet works. Figure out what you need more/less of. Don’t blame veganism.
#veganagaininthemorning: This is my favorite concept. It is always available to you. Pick yourself up and try again. You can do it!
Being Plenty Vegan
This can be a dicey area. For some people, allowing some non-vegan foods into their diets soon becomes allowing all non-vegan foods into their diet. It can be a slippery slope.
For those of you who can, say, eat eggs at a friend’s house and go back to tofu scrambles the next morning, why can’t that be a form a veganism?
You can eat a huge percentage of your diet vegan and still have some non-vegan things occasionally.
Be strict so you can be flexible. Do what works for you and do what you can pull off.