I give a ton of credit to all of you vegans in this world. It is NOT easy! Especially when you have family and friends who are meat and potato lovers. Personally, I could care less for meat. I never crave meat and don’t even love it when I eat it (unless it is prepared by my husband who is an exceptional cook). Dairy is a little more of a challenge for me. I don’t think I could ever cut the occasional ice cream out of my life, nor do I want to. I rarely have it but when I do, it is always worth it. Besides for that though, it is not common for me to eat dairy. Going out to eat isn’t the easiest but it is absolutley manageable as a vegan. You can always get a salad with nuts or protobello mushrooms on top if they don’t have a tastier vegan option. The most challenging aspect for me is dinner at home. I don’t want to alter my husbands diet and really do truly enjoy the food he cooks. I had to come up with a way to not feel like I was forcing a lifestyle on him and also for me to not feel deprived while he was cooking up these delicious protein packed meals. However, I want to feel good about what I am putting in my body and feel like my healthiest self. I made a promise to myself that I would seriously cut back on meat and dairy and came up with the best way for me. I decided the easiest way to do this is to take baby steps. It started with only eating vegan before dinner everyday. That was VERY easy. I then decided, in addition to eating vegan before dinner, I also have 2 days a week where I only eat vegan all day long. Once I started with this, I realized that there are many more days where I eat completely vegan and don’t even realize it. This change has really made me feel so much better. I have MUCH more energy all day long! It also has made me more adventurous in the kitchen. I have been whipping up some great vegan dishes with veggies and seeds that I have never experimented with in the past. Everyone has to find the diet that works best for them. For me, incorporating a few different eating habits based off of several diets have worked best for me. The occasional vegan has been the best habit I have adopted yet.
Leave me a comment with what works best for you and if anyone else is an occasional vegan.