Updated: Jun 26, 2019
Shopping for fruits when they are in their peak, nutrient-rich, season will help you nourish your appetite, maintain control of your diet, and expand your palate
I’m learning that good health doesn't just pop up because you’ve been wishing and hoping; you have to chase after it with every ounce of energy you can muster in the present moment.
I’m standing in my living room when I receive a text message from an old friend, inviting me to her birthday party. I hadn’t seen her in at least 5 years so, I become filled with a resolve to lose 10 lbs., before her party, in 2 weeks. I want her to know I have this amazing, glamorous life with a body to go with it.
So, I decide to skip lunch… and dinner… for 2 weeks. On morning of day 2, I’ve got pizza crust in my teeth, ice cream dripping down my shirt, and enough guilt to last a lifetime. I failed, I say to myself.
From what I hear, this behavior pattern is very similar to others. Crash dieting is simply not sustainable and can be harmful to our health. These are common issues that lead to “failed” diets:
Setting unrealistic goals and procrastinating: "I want Zoe Kravitz’ body – yesterday!” and “I forgot to meal prep, its lunchtime, and I’m HANGRY! "Believing myths such as: “only rich, YT folks go vegan” and “I can’t afford an almond milk latte! TF? "Having no social support: “None of my friends are vegan.”
Unrealistic Goals and Procrastination
Do you know what you want? Because if you want to be VGNAF, first, you need to dig deep. What is the one vegan meal or snack you can easily grab when you’re in a hurry? Consider keeping a “go-to meal” ready at all times, like The Veronica Twins. My go-to meals and snacks are: cashews, banana, chickpeas, salad kits, and pbj.
Do you love a variety of dishes but despise cooking? Consider hiring a chef to plan and prepare your meals or having your friends help you cook. Have a tough time shopping for fresh produce? VGNAF offers exotic fruit delivery and Nutritionist Recommended Meal Plans. The more time you take to discover what is available to you, the more you will flourish; so, visit as much as you can. For instance, shopping for fruits when they are in their peak, nutrient-rich, season will help you nourish your appetite, maintain control of your diet, and expand your palate.
Live in the moment, but remember you’re going to be hungry around lunchtime. When you plan ahead, do so with the attitude that your goal will be reached with each seemingly insignificant choice you make.
I’m learning that good health doesn't just pop up because you’ve been wishing and hoping; you have to chase after it with every ounce of energy you can muster in the present moment. Learn to appreciate taking one step at a time. Remember: living in the moment doesn’t mean you should wait until the last moment.
“Only rich, YT folks go vegan and other myths”
Well, it is 2019. As long as you have access to the internet, use it to affirm your truth and find evidence of other people shattering myths. Google: _______ vegans and fill in the blank with any pronoun you identify with.
Whatever your goal is, you may approach it with the time, resources, and energy available to you. Now, I don’t have the budget to eat at vegan restaurants every night but, bland food is oral torture. I do love the sensorial nature of shopping for ripe fruits and growing my own veggies. So, I skip restaurants (unless someone else is paying, then I’ll aalll the way for it!) and prepare the majority of my meals.
The Vegan Society explores other vegan myths in this article. The take-away is: there are PLENTY of vegans, worldwide, spanning race, religion, class, and age.
Having no social support
Becoming vegan can be isolating. If your social circle only eats at non-vegan restaurants, they may not be interested in trying out a new vegan restaurant so, don’t be offended. They’ll do them and its okay for you to do you. If you feel the need for kinship, consider using the Meetup app to find and join local vegan groups.
Finally, you're the one person who can make VGNAF your lifestyle. Whether it means you eat one vegan meal a week or 365 days of the year. Do what you can, and do it well. Do your research, but don't let details deter you from your mission.
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