Meatless Mondays: The Veg Life Chose Me

Like I’ve said before, some easy environmentalism tips aren’t so easy where I am from.  When I was younger, I never really liked the taste of meat and would much rather eat potatoes!  I would unknowingly go days without meat and thought about or even attempted going vegetarian many times before.

One day, I was on YouTube for hours on end like I frequently was in my high school days!  I would always get lost and end up watching videos I wouldn’t have ever thought about watching.  I saw a video by Bonny Rebecca.  I can’t find the actual video that inspired me, but this is close.  In the following weeks, I watched vegan documentaries and videos back to back to back.  This included Forks Over Knives (1 hr 36 min), Cowspiracy (1 hr 30 min), Authentic Food Choices Ted Talk (19 min) Gary Yourofsky’s Best Speech Ever (49 min), 101 Reasons to Go Vegan (1 hr 9 min), and Food, Inc (1 hr 33 min) on YouTube or Netflix.  There are definitely more, but those are the ones I remember.  Some of them can be scary or gory so if that bothers me, either ask me or search for which ones will be better for you.

But after only one day of the vegan marathon I was on, I stopped eating animal products.  I, as expected, have messed up since then.  We aren’t perfect of course!  But I think I am making a big difference!  It’s important to make sure you aren’t letting the fear of slipping up stop you from making a big difference!

If I could go back, I probably wouldn’t have jumped in head first because it’s a lot easier to stick to a habit if you adapt to it at a normal rate!  I’ve found better plans that my friends and family have found more successful!

  1. Transitioning One Day at a Time:  This method would be being vegan (or vegetarian or whatever your goal may be) on one day a week until that is normal and then adding one more day a week and so on.  You may get to 7 very quickly and be vegan!  You also might do less forever, but you will still make a big difference!
  2. Transitioning One Meal at a Time:  My most recommended is being vegan at lunch first.  This way if you are craving something, you can have that food for dinner that night!  I also think breakfast can be hard for a lot of people!  Even if you stick with lunch forever, that’s awesome!
  3. Transitioning Through:  This is a method commonly recommended.  It includes eliminating certain foods at a time.  First may be red meat, then being pescatarian, then vegetarian, then vegetarian without dairy, and then vegan!  Like the other methods, each step you take is better than the first and if you stop, it’s still better than never starting!  This is my least favorite of the three, though, because you don’t necessarily figure out vegan meals you like until the very end.  At the same time, it works for people so if you like the idea, try it!

I really recommend everyone watches some of these videos and documentaries simply to be familiar with the issues.  I also think anyone can benefit from decreasing meat and increasing whole foods!  Let me know if y’all have any questions!

16 comments

  1. I feel like I wrote this post for myself! I have almost an identical story as to how I became vegetarian (I haven’t leaped to vegan). I watched all the same documentaries and I barely ate meat as a child! Thanks for such an oddly relatable post πŸ™‚

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  2. Great post! For me, cheese was the toughest one to give up because I really loved it so much. So I gradually ate less and less, until I eventually banned even my beloved goat cheese from my meal plan. It is much easier to take it step by step, for me at least πŸ™‚

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  3. I became vegan over the course of 6 months. The first thing I got rid of was meat. While I did that I was trying alternatives to things in my everyday life. Like cheese and cookies and milk and anything else. When I finally did do it, it was a test. One day I woke up and decided to try not to have any animal products. Then I did it again the next day. It wasn’t until 3 or 4 months in that I actually started calling myself vegan. I believe that even the little things help, it’s hard to change up your whole life in a day. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes too, because I’m human and nothing is perfect. If you’re interested, watch Okja on Netflix. It’s good movie and it’s kind of relevant to this topic. If you do, let me know what you think.

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  4. Imteresting that you wish you had done it differently. I would recommend slow as well. However I just switched and it was like a light bulb moment and worked well. Never had any cravings. I think it relates to how much emotional ties are to the ‘old’ way to eat and habits.

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