How to Deal with Situations that Hinder a Peaceful Vegan Existence
The strength to endure a diet without meat tends to fade away after a while. This is normal. There has been an increase in the awareness of a vegan lifestyle, with more restaurants catering to the vegan’s needs. This does not, however, make the transition to a full vegetarian lifestyle any easier. A vegetarian have fewer health problems, and less adverse effects on the environment. This makes it important to find ways to help people transition successfully.
The fast-food industry, while so convenient, does not fully cater to vegetarian. More the effort is put towards meat production than plants foods processing. Such conditions are unfavorable to the spread of vegetarianism. The the task on vegans becomes even harder.
Most people jump to a full vegetarian lifestyle too fast. Our bodies do not respond to the shock well. We eat different tasting foods, but we tend to have a baseline. There needs to be ample time to allow them to get used to the new vegan diet flavors. All the time you have been eating meat cannot be so easily forgotten. That association needs to be patiently reversed. The the best plan entails a gradual replacement of meat with plant-based proteins.
The success of your new lifestyle is affected by who hangs around you. If your family and friends are staunch meat consumers, it will be a hard task, as they will ridicule your efforts. Some will even have to support scientific facts to back their claims. These are all false, as our digestive system, our mouths, and our history shows that we were meant to be plant eaters, unlike the carnivores, or the true omnivores such as bears.
There is also the false tale that a vegan diet cannot supply the body with enough proteins. The number of people who suffer from lifestyle conditions such as heart problems and cancer is higher in those who eat meat as compared to those who do not. Adults rarely lack proteins in their bodies. Most of the recommended protein intake figures are not true, as they are too high than normal. The proof can be seen where a mother’s milk contains less than a percent of protein per every measure. Only plants are capable of making proteins. The proteins people get from meat is actually from plants.
As a vegan, you will have to constantly check the labels on packaged foods. A lot of them contain animal proteins. Vegans also undergo a lot of stress when out at restaurants. There are places where finding a vegan menu is still a challenge. This requires for early preparation and identifying of an accommodative restaurant menu. A supportive family is very helpful in such times.
It happens sometimes that a vegetarian remembers and misses what if felt like to eat meat. The vegan substitutes may not satisfy specific cravings. You can appease these conflicting thoughts by focusing on the greater good, and looking for something else to eat. With time, it becomes easier, as those memories fade till they are no more.