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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.

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        Last Updated on August 21, 2018

        30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

        30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

        Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

        That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

         1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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          Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

          2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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            If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

            3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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              It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

              4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                  Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                  6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                    These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                    7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                      You never know when you might need some.

                      8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                        Get all the info you need here.

                        9. Sangria!

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                          We know what’s really important. How to here!

                          10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                            By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                            11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                              Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                              12. DIY shower.

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                                All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                  Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                  14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                    15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                      Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                      16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                        Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                        17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                          It’s that easy!

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                                          18. Grits repel ants.

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                                            Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                            19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                              20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                  For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                  22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                    You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                    23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                      Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                      24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                        By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                        25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                          26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                            Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                            27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                              That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                              28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                  Get them while you can!

                                                                  30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                    With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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