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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 June 20, 2019

        Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

        Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

        There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

        More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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        Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

        You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

        During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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        Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

        Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

        The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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        This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

        Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

        The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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        This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

        This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

        Conclusion

        While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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