As a holistic life coach, my life purpose is to help my clients achieve their goals for personal health. Many of our clients have ailments from simple digestive issues to extreme inflammatory issues. Over the years I have come across many different people attempting to heal themselves with diet and I often find, when making drastic life changes, for whatever reason some people are not able to commit. I'm going to give you 3 reasons why people fail when making a choice to go vegan. My hopes are that you take this article and use it to bring consciousness to your healing journey & give you some ideas on situations to avoid.
Lacking a Support System
Veganism has become a negative term to the majority of mainstream America. Before I became vegan, I pictured “vegans” as snotty, self-righteous whack jobs. Obviously, this image I was getting was created from the conditioning imposed on me as a child, through the media & Hollywood. When I decided to become vegan, I knew some people would still be under the spell & instantly judge me specifically on the diet I chose to follow, when I told them I was becoming vegan. My choice to become vegan was another attempt to heal my autoimmune disease resulting from a leaky gut called Interstitial Cystitis. I was doing it for health reasons at first, eliminating everything from my diet that was even slightly inflammatory because I was still having inflammation pain in spite of removing gluten & switching to raw dairy. I was slightly afraid to tell my family & friends that I was trying the oh so crazy thing of removing all animal products from my diet. After explaining where I would get my protein & B12, my friends & family were excited for me & very supportive of my decision! Not everyone is as lucky as I am. This is why my number 1 reason people fail at becoming vegan is because they don't have the support they need to keep them accountable & feel supported in their journey! Having someone to share recipes with, understand the struggles of being vegan & feel a sense of community with, is so important when you're making this lifestyle change. Whether your community is online or in person, it is extremely beneficial to have a support system.
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Commitment to Consciousness
This was another one of my issues when I was first transitioning to veganism. My commitment to consciousness. I found it so easy to randomly eat fast food or foods at parties because they were convenient & cheap or free. You're starving, you're in a rush & you need to eat something NOW! Fast food was a huge issue for me & since I was the only one in our family that actually cared about what I was eating, it was easy to set aside my consciousness for a second & just smash some Panera Mac & cheese with my family. Or at a family get together with tables of food & sweets, everyone around me chowing down. In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to say no. I would make every excuse I could to justify eating animal products. It wasn't until I realized how easy it was to bring foods with me that I started to really say no & stick with my commitment to veganism. Now I have stopped making excuses, prepare something I really enjoy eating and bring it with me if I know there will be non-vegan food served wherever I'm going. Doing this shows others that I am dedicated to my lifestyle choices and it inspires people to be dedicated to something in their lives. Usually, I bring enough food to share because I always have people interested in what I'm eating which is spreading that vegan love.
Lack of Self Education
The final reason people fail at becoming vegan is because they refuse to watch “those” vegan documentaries. I remember! I was there! I avoided watching all the documentaries because I honestly didn't want to see the abuse. If you don't see what's going on, it's not really happening, right? WRONG. Looking away from the unjust things in this world only tells the aggressor that what they do is “acceptable”. These documentaries are meant for you to feel bad because the animals feel bad. It's in our human nature to care for animals. Like humans, animals are empathetic beings. This was a huge concept that took me a long time to ground.
I really believed if the animals were treated nicely & fed organically, everything was all good! WRONG AGAIN. Watching documentaries like “What the Health” & “Cowspiracy” really shed light on how the animals are treated, how organic farms are no better & actually destroy the earth more than processed meat farms & how organically fed free range farmed cows are still artificially inseminated (raped) repeatedly throughout life to keep the cow in a constant state of lactation. The feeling I get after realizing it, that was enough for me. If you are refusing to educate yourself on how meat & dairy products affect the earth, your health & other sentient beings, you are turning a blind eye to injustice going on in your backyard.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”- Desmond Tutu
I wish you the best of luck with your transition to veganism & hope you find this article helpful!
Thank you for reading!