I’ve spent the past few weeks looking for the easy first step to become vegan and after gathering together all the resources I can get my hands on and storing them away like nuts for winter I have a revelation. The only first step you should take to become a vegan is the one that’s easiest for you.
Since making my decision to become a secret vegan I’ve transitioned from consuming animal products to consuming knowledge. I can’t get enough of reading and learning about the lifestyle choices that I’m aiming for and although I can’t quite dip this in my brew or grill it up for breakfast I feel nourished and comforted by a whole tribe of people who are putting support and encouragement out into the world.
However all this research comes at a price and leaves me feeling overwhelmed as to where to start. There are so many opinions out there and so many opposing viewpoints that I just had to STOP absorbing everyone else’s idea of how I should be vegan and look inwards to ask myself how I felt about the whole thing.
What easy first step can I take today?
My suggestion for one easy step to help you start is to get clear on your motivation for being vegan and everything else will slowly begin to fall into place. My favourite way to do this is with a secret Pinterest board but you can just as easily write a list in your diary or make a visual mood board filled with images, blog posts and inspiring quotes that you will be able to draw strength from in the near future should you need it. You can find my Pinterest board here which includes some of my favourite resources to get you started.
A little research will go a long way to helping you decide what your “ideal” vegan looks like. Junk food vegan, raw food vegan, plant-based vegan, abolitionist vegan the list goes on and on and on. Whilst there is a clear definition of being vegan the journey to get there will be different for each of us. The most important thing is to get started anyway you can and work towards your own personal vision every day.
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
In the last week alone I’ve come across some scary ass vegans that tolerate no half measures in their view of veganism. While I applaud their passion and resilience I don’t think we should have to forgo basic human kindness to all species, including our own, in our quest to be the ultimate vegan warrior. As a fledgling vegan I’m going to stumble, I may even fall but I’m much more likely to dust myself off and get back up again if I’m not being beaten over the head with a list of my failings.
The most encouraging revelation I’ve uncovered in my brief quest for motivation is that many people take years to comfortably shift into their version of a fully vegan lifestyle, safe in the knowledge that they are living every day in a way that’s “possible and practicable” for them. Not only does this echo my personal beliefs on forgiveness and self-love but I feel it opens up the vegan world to many people, who like myself never thought they could make this way of life work for them.
As a lifestyle choice and not a fad diet the road forward will hopefully be a long one. Staying clear on my motivation and drawing strength and inspiration from vegans the world over gives me the courage to take that first easy step, who’s with me?
Source: The Vegan Society