There is no doubt that a plant-based diet is necessary for long-term health and wellness, but given the fact that most of our foods are sourced from animals, it is challenging to be vegan. Also, plenty of people promoting that animal foods are the only source of ‘high-quality’ protein (which isn’t true), there are many vegans who are having a difficult time staying motivated on a 100 percent plant-based diet.
Below are some great and simple tips anyone can take advantage of to stay motivated on a plant-based diet as well as be happy and healthy for a lifetime.
5 Ways You Can Stay Motivated On A Vegan Diet
Remember Why You Became A Vegan
Ask yourself, what made you become a vegan? Good health? Ethics? Recall how strong the motivation was for you for going on a plant-based diet at the beginning? Remember all the right reasons for it. Remember all the feelings you felt when you decided to stop eating animal-based products. Strolling down memory lane will make you rethink that eating that juicy cheeseburger or creamy dairy yogurt isn’t worth it anymore.
Don’t Think Of It As A Diet
One of the easiest ways to remain motivated on a plant-based diet is to delve into all the benefits of a vegan diet deeply. There are plenty of studies that indicate that having an animal-based food is causing health problems among many individuals. Plant-based foods, on the contrary, is the best option for people looking to improve the quality of their health. People reported that after adhering to a vegan diet, their blood pressure and cholesterol levels dropped, they lost weight, they’re sleeping better, and they have reduced their medicines intake. Despite all the misinformation that plant-based food doesn’t have all the nutrients, studies show that you can get all the essential nutrients from plant-based sources including protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and so on. So if you want to be a vegan, don’t do it merely because it is trendy or hip. Do it for the right and ethical reasons.
Join A Vegan Support Group
If you’re feeling demotivated to stick to a plant-based diet, always remember, you’re not alone. There are millions of vegans all around you; in fact, veganism has grown by 600% since 2014 in America alone. More and more people are waking up to the numerous health benefits of a vegan diet and making drastic changes to their lifestyles. Even if your family and friends aren’t supportive, you still aren’t alone. There are hundreds of online and physical support groups to motivate new and longtime vegans. These groups share stories, articles, recipes, success stories, and challenges with the members.
Remember Your Ethics
Before you opt back to an animal-based diet, think about all the ways animals are treated to turn them into food. It is openly known that animals suffer severe abuse by the food companies in ways most of us will never know. Think what a living animal has to go through before it arrives as a sizzling, juicy steak on your plate? If you want to know more, there are many films, documentaries, and books to help you out. You can watch most of these films and documentaries on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, or on various websites like ours, CulinaryLab School. Additionally, to keep you motivated, you can read books and blogs by Alicia Silverstone, Gena Hamshaw, Kathy Freston, and Kathy Patalsky. Last but not least, remember how your actions can affect the environment.
Get Creative With Your Food
This may sound a bit cheesy, but sometimes food is our biggest motivator. Search the internet or popular plant-based recipe blogs for delicious vegan recipes. You can also find various vegan or vegetarian dishes in cookbooks, too, if that is your thing. Try to prepare them and make your vegan diet more interesting. Once you satisfy your cravings, you’ll realize it’s actually not that hard to stick to a plant-based diet after all.
With many restaurants and fast food places, joints are offering more animal-based foods rather than plant-based alternatives; it can be challenging for vegans to cook a fresh, home-made plant-focused meal after a long day when you can just order takeout. Furthermore, food companies are now adding cheese, milk, and other kinds of dairy derivatives to their products; it easy to understand that most people can’t adhere to a strict vegan diet in the long term.
Sometimes even hard-core vegans can resist to give in to cravings despite being fully aware of many easy-to-eat and prepare vegan foods and how simple it is to include more plant-based foods into our diets. No matter what the reason is, it is essential to be motivated to remain a vegan.