Updated: Oct 15, 2020
This isn't meant to convince you to go vegan. This is for people who are considering making the transition. Here is a little bit of my experience and what helped me keep this diet for four years now :)
I used to say I would NEVER go vegan. I used to say I liked cheese too much to ever quit. I am also hispanic so no way would my parents even begin to understand the concept of vegetarianism let alone veganism!
That all changed when I tried it for just a week.
I feel like I should begin by giving a little back story as to why I even decided to stop eating meat/dairy products. Growing up, I had become extremely self-conscious about my body. So much so that I had developed unhealthy eating habits just to shed weight. When I learned that eating meat was unhealthy, I stopped. I was well aware that an animal had to die for my food, and I felt guilty about it, but I chose not to think about it. Going vegetarian for me was solely for health reasons but I definitely felt better about the animals. A year after being vegetarian, I had lost the weight but I felt like shit. I was skinny yeah, but all I ate was processed foods, a lot of cheese and eggs, and my diet started to bore me. At this point, I just wanted to stop feeling so shitty. I also really appreciate a challenge so I wanted to see how long I could last. Four years later and here I am.
Giving up something so “normal” and accepted in one's everyday society and culture is difficult but not impossible. Of course, when starting anything new, it’s hard to go from one lifestyle to a completely different one. I recommend a gradual transition. Find out what you like, what works for you, and get creative. Try it for one or two days a week. Instead of drinking regular milk try other milk alternatives like oat, almond, cashew, rice etc. TRY NEW THINGS. Look up easy vegan recipes. You can still eat everything you’re eating now but a vegan version of it.
Watch "Game Changers" if you're an athlete or someone concerned for their health. Watch any slaughterhouse video, there is a reason most of us can't stomach these videos... Because the practices within these industries are not ethical. Don't pay someone else to torture, murder, or rape the animals for you. Own up to the reality of what is on your plate.
Essentially it all comes down to a decision driven by morals and education. If your mindset is in the right place, it makes the transition so much easier and rewarding. Knowing your contribution towards reducing your carbon footprint, ending unnecessary suffering, and improving your health is a great reminder as to why this diet is revolutionary.