Mindset is very important when making any lifestyle change. How you choose to feel about your vegan experience will determine your longterm success and commitment. One of the most valuable tips that I can leave you with is to focus on what you are gaining, rather than what you are giving up and eliminating by being vegan. Choose to place your focus on the positive aspects. These include how your body feels now that you are no longer consuming meat, dairy and eggs, the fact that you are making a choice for compassion and love, the positive impact that you are making on the environment, the fact that you no longer are taking part in cruelty and suffering, and any other aspects that might come up for you that you feel is positive. If you are focusing on the fact that you are giving up certain foods and how much you might miss them, or worry about judgement of friends and family all of the time…you will have a much more difficult time staying with it. Don’t worry about what others think. Just focus on being the best vegan that you can be and others will see that. Once they know that you are serious and that this isn’t a trendy little phase, you will be surprised by the way that people come around and embrace your lifestyle change.
Have fun with it and celebrate the adventure of trying new things. Also, know that the longer that you are vegan, the easier that it gets. I have been vegan for over ten years and have been a vegetarian since childhood. Truthfully I never find myself tempted to go back to eating meat, dairy or eggs. I have reached a point where there are no longer cravings and the thought of consuming it again literally makes me sick to my stomach. In a short amount of time you will most likely find yourself there too. Until you reach that point, have your support team in place, focus on the positive aspects and follow these 21 tips to help you through. Know that I am here to answer any questions that you might need help with. You can do this. Here’s to your health, wellness, the animals and saying yes to compassion and love in all areas of your life!