Why Going Vegan Shouldn’t Be A New Year’s Resolution

Probably, many of us made a New Year’s resolution just before the New Year began. That’s great if we keep pursuing to change things in our lives that need to be changed in our opinion. However, should going vegan also be among these resolutions? I doubt it because going vegan isn’t an issue that could be handled on the fly. It’s a decision that requires one’s entire efforts and willpower to make this lifestyle a priority in someone’s life. Against this background, it seems very unlikely to imagine that someone could be able to change his or her diet habits just after midnight has passed starting the New Year all of a sudden with a different attitude and diet regime. Going vegan has to be planned very carefully to make the transition into this new life as smoothly as possible. Read on to learn more about the best tips to start your vegan journey successfully.

“Is your 2016 New Year’s resolution to go vegan?

It shouldn’t be.

There’s nothing wrong with veganism, but expecting your diet to be any different on January 1st than it wast the night before is unrealistic.

Going vegan isn’t a good resolution. You’ll spend this month indulging in all the foods you think you’ll miss and get frustrated when your body doesn’t accept your new diet overnight.

If you really want to go vegan next year, use December for a head start. Here’s what you can do this month to smoothly transition into a vegan 2016.

Gradually cut down on meat and dairy
You don’t have to cut everything out at once, but use this month to look at your habits and question every non-vegan choice.

At your company’s holiday party, did you exhaust all the vegan options before visiting the cheese plate? Do you need meat, cheese, and sour cream on your burrito or can you pick just one?

Keep it gradual over the month, but go completely vegan by December 29th. You don’t want to carry undigested animal products into the New Year.

Get vegan recipes
Your new life calls for new recipes. Stock up on some of the popular vegan cookbooksand make a few dishes a week. Even if you aren’t much of a chef, you’ll still want a reference list of easy vegan recipes.

Sample vegan food
Use December to try new things. Whether you’re at the grocery store or out for dinner, try something vegan a few times a week. Your palate will start to change, and you’ll build a mental list of vegan options to get you started.

Do you normally go out for food during your lunch break? Look for plant-based choices at some of your local lunch spots.

Dinner plans? Browse the online menu before you arrive and find dishes that can be made vegan. There’s always something.

Join a community
You might need a support system to make it through the first year. Sites like Meetupwill have listings of vegan groups in your area, and online forums like VeggieBoardsconnect you with vegans from all over the world.

Vegan groups are a great way to make friends and get advice, and joining before the “New Years resolution” crowd shows your commitment.

Observe the Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is one of the best times to release things that no longer serve you. Here’s an excerpt from Lisa Maria’s description:”

To read the rest of the article, check it out on the original source over at Huffington Post.

3 comments

  1. Carmen Hoffmann Reply

    I disagree. If someone really want this, it is totally doable. I went vegan and a half years ago from one day to the next, for one week, as a challenge. I loved it so much, that I stuck with it. Of course, I had a brother who was already vegan, and gave me lots of tips.

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