If you keep wishing you could do something to reduce your environmental impact and save the Earth… it’s never too late. We’ve got something for you.
The #1 action you can take right now is to start transitioning towards a more plant-based diet. There are many benefits, both for your health and for the environment, to reduce your meat intake.
You might already know how important it is to reduce your animal product consumption, still, there is something holding you back. Let’s take a look at the 3 biggest misconceptions about being vegan.
If we tell you that starting tomorrow you can’t ever eat meat again… of course, that will scare you! Unrealistic goals often become a setup for failure. There is no point in putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves. You don’t have to go all-in right away. This journey towards veganism can be started gradually by reducing your meat intake step by step. For example, allow yourselves to eat meat only over the weekends when you are really craving it. This is called being a weekday vegetarian. We invite you to watch this TED talk “Why I’m a weekday vegetarian” by Graham Hill to help you make the jump.
There is still this idea going around that vegan food resumes in eating only raw fruits, vegetables, and tofu. It is seen as a huge sacrifice and one that many isn’t ready to take. The great news is that being vegan doesn’t have to be that sad, it doesn’t have to be that hard, and we guarantee you that you will still very much enjoy eating!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with new recipes. Start with easy recipes, try a new dish, or revisit your favorite childhood dinner.
Staying committed to a plant-based diet is especially hard at the beginning because you have to learn new ways of eating. You have to change how you do your grocery and revisit your traditional recipes. It will ask you a bit of effort at first but it will soon become a habit. Don’t burn yourself at the beginning. This is why we recommend you to go at your own rhythm and to forgive yourself when you end up craving and eating meat.
To stay motivated throughout your journey, make sure to keep learning the reasons why you are doing it. There are many documentaries really well done about why it is so important to reduce your meat intake. By staying informed, you will stay motivated. Too often we close our eyes to the problem because we aren’t ready to make the move. Now that you know how important it is, keep educating yourself.
Here are a few useful resources. You can watch them on Netflix:
The Cowspiracy, What the Health, The Game Changer
From being vegan and cutting off all animal products from your diet to being vegetarian and still eating dairy and eggs or being flexitarian and eating plant-based most of the time but occasionally eating meat, it is important for you to find your sweet spot. That balance where you can stay committed to it without draining all your energy.
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