I read some excellent nutrition wisdom recently. It was from Vegan Pregnancy: Survival Guide by Sayward Rebhal and the author was speaking about making healthful choices while pregnant, but I think this wisdom has value from a new vegan’s perspective too:
“This isn’t about being perfect (emphasis hers). It’s not about never letting a grain of sugar pass your lips, or compulsively keeping a food diary to track nutrients. Please don’t drive yourself crazy. This is just about being mindful. About remembering that it’s not just about you anymore. So one day at a time, one meal at a time, just practice making the healthier choice.”
I think this simplifies the whole process of becoming vegan down to its core in a way that is very manageable. Take it a meal at a time, be mindful that your choices aren’t about just you anymore. The knowledge of the industry has replaced your ignorance. Keep practicing the best option that occurs to you in your circumstances. Gradually, you’ll see better options, you’ll understand more about what is going on around you, you’ll know which foods you prefer or tolerate well. You’ll grow as long as you stay mindful and do the best you can …one step at a time.
I feel this lifts a huge weight off from me. I don’t have to think about the food I’ll never enjoy again (even 10 years from now – when it may no longer appeal to me), I don’t have to think about hidden ingredients that I’ve never heard about, I just need to think about the decision I’m making here and now.
Until next time, keep that talk walking!