You have your own personal reasons to want to be vegan. They have inspired you to give it a shot and see how it goes. Maybe you mean business, and you know you are going to be vegan. Or maybe you are just trying it out to see if you can do it. Either way, there is one mistake that almost every new vegan makes, and it could be what makes or breaks your success for staying vegan.
Biggest Mistake A New Vegan Can Make: Listening To Other People
There are a bunch of other people who want to tell you why you should or shouldn’t be vegan. Listening to them can influence whether or not you will stay vegan.
Vegan celebrities are a big influence and can impact a lot of people’s decisions about going vegan one way or another. Just look at Joaquin Phoenix and what happened when he expressed his opinion on animals. It made a lot of people think and created waves all over the place.
As a vegan, it’s been a real pain in the ass to watch vegan celebrities decide not to be vegan anymore. I know that many new vegans go vegan because of these celebrities and many others listen to what they have to say.
These celebrities are not all-knowing Gods who understand exactly what’s right or not right. They, like everyone else, are doing the best that they can with the information that they get.
In other words, just because Miley Cyrus decides to eat fish doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. She claims it helps her with her brain health and a lot of people can easily be swayed to believe that their brain may be in jeopardy because Miley Cyrus says so.
It’s important to get all the details around these celebrities going vegan. Look at their history. Look at what else they may have done to cause the issues they are talking about and what they could do instead of eating animals to rectify the situation.
I highly recommend subscribing to Mic the Vegan on YouTube. There are a lot of people out there who can help provide you with a balanced view around whether or not a celebrity going vegan makes any sense, and he is one of the best that I’ve found.
Here’s his video on Miley Cyrus.
Your Family And Friends
I can almost guarantee that your family and friends are not going to understand you wanting to be vegan unless they are vegan themselves.
It’s going to be very hard for them to accept your new views and they are going to do what they can to talk you out of it because it doesn’t align with their views.
Don’t let them.
Allow your family and friends to have their opinions.
Allow them to do what is best for them.
Allow them to follow traditions if they feel like they need to.
But you do you.
Just because your family and friends have done something for eons doesn’t mean you have to. As an individual, it’s very important to decide what is right for you and then follow that path.
For instance, Sam Turnbull, from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken grew up in a meat-eating home. In fact, her family included butchers and hunters. But, in going vegan, she decided she was going to be the ‘best damn vegan that she could be’, and that’s some great advice to follow as you maneuver through family and friend events where meat is the centerpiece of the meal.
It’s an interesting world when you go vegan. If you mention that you are vegan, strangers will most likely be annoyed and let you know how dumb it is to be vegan in one way or another. This isn’t always the case, but you learn that sometimes it’s just better to be vegan than it is to talk about being vegan to everyone you know.
If you sit back and listen to these strangers, it can be hard to want to stick with your new vegan diet. They believe what they believe and have a lot of arguments to back up their beliefs.
You need to remember the reasons you went vegan and educate yourself as much as possible if their arguments are getting into your head.
When I was young, I was vegetarian because I didn’t like meat. That was the extent of my reasons. One day I was on a date and playing some pool when I ordered something ‘without the meat please’ off the menu. The guy I was with asked why I didn’t want the meat and I told him I didn’t eat it. He went off the deep end. He started yelling about how vegetables and even the pool balls we were playing pool with had feelings and it got into my head. I didn’t have any reasons for not eating meat besides not liking meat, but he still made me wonder if I was an idiot for not wanting to eat meat.
I’ve come a long way since then and have formed solid opinions on why I don’t want to eat meat, besides not liking it. Those beliefs are what help me feel good about my choices despite what other people believe.
I always recommend watching a documentary when you start to question your new vegan diet. Documentaries are what get a lot of people on the vegan path and they contain a lot of reasons that will keep you there if you need a reminder.
Take Everything With A Grain Of Salt
There’s no one right way to do anything in life, but so many people will tell you that there is.
Whether you are listening to a vegan make arguments for being vegan or a nonvegan making arguments for not being a vegan, don’t let their beliefs become your own. Make up your own mind through research and how you feel as you move through your vegan journey.
Someone once said that you should read at least 10 books on a subject so that you don’t take on any one author’s beliefs about it. Instead, you get a broad view of the subject and form your own beliefs. This is what I recommend while you start your new vegan journey.
- Read as much as you can through articles and books.
- Listen to as much as you can through podcasts, videos, documentaries, etc.
Doing so will help you form your own opinions about being vegan and whether you want to stay that way.
I guarantee you will feel best about your vegan diet when you follow your own beliefs and feelings.