Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My 5 Step Program

Society as a whole has a problem with change. We don’t like instability. What we fail to recognize is how extremely flexible our lives are. Yes, there are a lot of things that are out of your control; but why not control the things that are entirely under your power? We choose to be stuck where we are. We choose to reject change because it is inconvenient and frankly, a pain in the ass. Do you think I liked being Vegan at first? Nope, not really. That all changed when I started to see the benefits. If I can sacrifice a small portion of my life to work for something that not only benefits me, but the rest of society as well, then sign me up. The reality we live in is socially constructed. In other words, Veganism is not the norm and it's us that is keeping it that way. It’s inconsistent and it’s challenging but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. We accept what we are told and refuse to question what we are taught. Does that mean we just sit back and accept the way things are? 

If you're willing to step out of your comfort zone and try something that saves one animal, 45 pounds of grain, 1,000 gallons of water, 30 square feet of forest, and 20 pounds of CO2 EVERY SINGLE DAY... then join the herbivores.
Step 1: Welcome
"I want to be an herbivore!" Yay, welcome to the team. You have to want to do it or this will end very badly. The first step is a trial period. Start playing with it. Substitute chicken for tofu. Substitute real cheese for vegan cheese. It's the same as everything else in life: It's only as fun as you make it.  
Step 2: Meatless
It's time to break-up with meat. It's been holding you back for far too long. This part is a major process within itself. You can't simply cut out meat in one swift move. If so, everyone would do it. Will-power is a powerful thing my friends. Try cutting out red meat and cutting back on poultry and seafood. Eventually (and this will take some time) you will see how simple this is. There are so many options if you just give it a chance. 
Step 3: Milk
This one should be the easiest. Replace your cow secretions with a happier and healthier alternative.  For more information on milk read the post before this.
Step 4: Cheese, Eggs & Hidden Monsters
You have to read the packaging!? Oh no, whatever will you do! Why is this such an extreme concept? I always laugh at this because why am I the ridiculous one? We trust these major companies so easily. Do you know what sodium benzoate is? What about sodium nitrate? These are both additives in your everyday packaged foods and meats that have been linked to a few different types of cancer. It's not like you only get one body or anything... but that's fine do as you please. Eggs are obvious. Almost any common baked good requires eggs. Fun tip: Coconut oil can be used to replace eggs. Cheese is a little harder. They do make cheese replicas... let's just say they aren't the best thing in the world.
Step 5: Keep Track
At first it may be difficult to track your iron, B-12, and protein levels. It sounds kind of exhausting, right? Good thing it's the 21st century. Online nutrient trackers and counter apps are your friend. Use them. I used My Fitness Pal, which you can download in the app store, for the first month. After that, I no longer needed it. 

Everything was impossible until someone else did it. Right now it may seem like there is no way you can do this. That's completely fine! It's not like I did it overnight. I've been at it for 4 years and still struggle sometimes. One thing I will promise is that you will not regret it. If you follow what I am saying and stay strong, I guarantee success. 

Always Remember:
Animals are friends, not food.
Jasmine Millner :)

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