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4 Easy Tips to Stay Motivated in a Vegan Diet

4 Easy Tips to Stay Motivated in a Vegan Diet

Deciding to go vegan is always the easiest part, but when it comes to action, changing your diet can become a little frustrating. This is because, in most places of the world, food represents a strong part of culture; we gather with friends and family to share food. When these meetings are — for example — barbecues, it might be overwhelming to think about how to keep eating vegan

As with any other lifestyle change, going vegan involves habits and consistency; even if it sounds hard it can be easy if you have the right reasons and resources to stay motivated. So don’t get discouraged, and don’t be hard on yourself for failing in the attempt. Here are some easy ways I found that helped me, and other people, to stay motivated while avoiding animal foods:

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    1. Be informed

    “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”

    Rather than discouraging or having negative opinions about your lifestyle, most people will be interested in your decision. It’s incredible to have enough information to share and teach others about the benefits of being vegan.

    Passion and inspiration are contagious; so talking about health improvements, the environment, or compassion to others in a positive way can help them understand the reasons of why you want to go vegan, and can convince them that you know how and why you want to do this.

    2. Understand the difference between “can” and “want”

    This one is basic. You know it’s not that you can’t eat animals because actually you can, you just don’t want to. It’s a choice you are making for yourself, not a punishment. So the way you express it has a huge impact on your mindset. It feels way more powerful to say “I don’t eat bacon” rather than “I can’t eat bacon,” which sounds like a negative restriction rather than something you are consciously choosing not to do because of its benefits.

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      3. Clean your Kitchen

      Unless you have incredible self control, this is a key action when going vegan: if you clear your cupboard of non-vegan junk food, or just non-vegan food, you can’t fail feeling tempted. It’s easier to make better choices.

      If you live with your family, partner, or others who are not vegan, try to separate your ingredients from their non-vegan food, so you can always know what are you choosing and which side of the cupboard you should be looking at. Once you have been on track with veganism for a while you won’t have this dilemma anymore.

      4. Stay Inspired

      “Motivation is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets.”

      And so it works with inspiration: surround yourself with people who motivate you. If you don’t know any other vegans then try finding new recipes, blogs, or YouTube videos, or following people in social media who are experiencing a vegan lifestyle. This way every time you go to instagram or Facebook, and you see a picture of a vegan meal or quote, you instantly feel inspired!

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        Motivation may be different for each person, so I think the most important thing for going vegan, and keeping yourself motivated towards this lifestyle, is to simply understand why is it important for you, why is it that you want to make this change. It might be living a healthier life, reducing water waste, ending animal abuse or all of the above. As long as you are sure and convinced about your decision, it’s difficult to be persuaded otherwise.

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        Challenge yourself, and don’t be hard on yourself if you fail at some point. Remember that it’s a decision that involves change and making new habits, so instead of feeling down because you have failed before, see this lifestyle change as a personal growth opportunity to work on your goals and habits.

        Featured photo credit: Sven Scheuermeier via unsplash.com

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2018

        What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

        What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

        Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

        One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

        If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

        But first, the good news!

        How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

        But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

        ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

        Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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        1. Embrace loneliness

        When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

        Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

        There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

        When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

        Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

        2. Facebook is not the answer

        Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

        Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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        When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

        3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

        It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

        There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

        • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
        • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
        • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
        • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

        The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

        4. Go out and meet people

        It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

        ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

        Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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        Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

        There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

        Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

        Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

        5. Reach out to help someone in need

        A burden shared is a burden halved.

        Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

        ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

        Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

        Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

        6. Be grateful and count your blessings

        Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

        If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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