When I was around 13-years-old I decided I wanted to be a vegetarian, and from then on I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with vegetarianism and veganism. And while I always loved the idea of going vegan, I’ve never been able to last more than a few months at a time. I truly believe I have a poor relationship with food and that it contributes to my struggle to cut out animal and animal by-products from my diet.
But, I’m not here to make lame excuses as to why I suck at sticking to a vegan diet.
Instead, I’d like to challenge myself to start making slow transitions so this new lifestyle I crave so that it can eventually be my reality.
Many years ago, I joked with my husband that I’d like to go vegan (again) and he laughed it off. A few month’s after that, a couple things happened that made him change his mind.
First, he listened to the lyrics of a song by Conflict called Meat Means Murder, which I’m sure brought a few grisly images to mind (it does for me). And then, we took our 9-month-old daughter to look at some cute animals and then we went back and had chicken for dinner. Watching her devour bits of cut up chicken made him feel sick, and that’s when he decided to never eat meat again and hasn’t since.
Our daughter is turning 10 this year, which makes this his 9th anniversary as a vegetarian, one who also doesn’t eat fresh eggs or dairy, but isn’t particularly picky about store-bought bread containing such.
Anyway, Nick enjoys a vegetarian diet and I’m still struggling with it.
So, here’s my plan: I’m going to cut out a product from my diet for two months at a time, until I’m eventually fully vegan. It’s not enough to cut it out, but to find things in it’s place that is nutritious and satisfying, and also tastes good. I like my food to taste good, #sorrynotsorry. Nick might be fine living off plain tofu and pasta, but I’m not.
The Master Plan
- September/October: No More Pork
- November/December: No More Beef
- January/February: No More Meat (this includes poultry and seafood)
- March/April: No More Eggs
- May/June: No More Dairy
- July/August: Exploring Veganism Outside of the Kitchen
And if all goes as planned, I’ll be vegan in a year.
My Predicted Struggles
There are a few reasons I end up giving up on eating a vegan diet, and because I know about them I hope I can work around it.
- I dislike the texture of legumes. Like, so badly they make me gag.
- I’m super lazy and hate cooking, but would like to do it more and it’s even one of my goals this month.
- My uncle makes the best food which all contains meat and every time I go there for dinner I want to eat it all.
- I don’t like being an inconvenience when we go out to eat or when I’m at someone else’s house.
So, I mean, these are all pretty normal struggles for anyone who wants to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, and yet somehow people get past them! And I’m pretty sure I can, too.
Would you ever go vegan? Why or why not?
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Currently my lunch break is over, so now I need to stuff this sandwich in my face and get back to work!