Let’s be real here. The number one reason people don’t want to become vegetarian or vegan is bacon. This salty, crispy, delicious treat has become a desired part of foodie culture, and can be found with breakfast, wrapped around seafood, and even in lollipop form. I think I even saw a lubricant flavored with this stuff before. Society tells us bacon is all that and a bag of diamonds, but it isn’t. It’s just meat. And it’s bad for you. Resist the urge.
2. Food Blogs
I don’t know about you, but a lot of the food blogs I ogle over every day feature meat. That nice rack of lamb? That perfectly cooked steak? THAT BACON? Well, let me inform you that there are vegan food blogs! And they all look delicious! If you are hankering some vegan food ogling, look no further than Post Punk Kitchen or Vegan YumYum. Or Have Cake Will Travel. Mmmmm.
Really just eating out in general become much more difficult if you have strict dietary restrictions. You have to become that person who asks what certain dishes contain or what they are cooked with or near or whatever. No one wants to be that. And no non-vegan person wants to go to a restaurant strictly for vegans. The best bet here is to probably cook more for yourself (see: food blogs!) or to choose types of restaurants that cater to your vegan palate as well as your carnivore friends’.
The transition over to becoming a vegan is pretty tough. You have to research all this stuff about why you’re doing it for people who ask, figure out what safe meals are, and just change a ton of your life in general. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I mean, just the simple food choice part takes enough time as it is. Oh, you didn’t know that many gummy bears aren’t vegan? What other aspects of my life have been lies? I’d say the way to go about this is a gradual switch, rather than going cold turkey (or tofurkey, heh) in a day. This way, you can learn about vegan diets on your own time, while first taking meat out of your diet and slowly moving on to taking out other foods you may have not known were not vegan.
As a past vegetarian, I have to say that a large part of my vegetarian diet included dairy products like eggs, cheese, and milk. You can’t have these as a vegan! Surprise! Time to rethink everything again! It might be hard enough going vegetarian and then depending on dairy to get you through the day, but what happens when your foundation becomes something you can’t eat anymore? You could just be like me and become lactose intolerant overnight.
Part of the glory of travel is trying the local delicacies and whatever other weird things you don’t normally see on menus. Rarely are these vegan-friendly. I still don’t know how to make up for this, but I don’t travel much so there’s that.
7. Your Friends/Family
EVERYONE will try to talk you out of becoming a vegan. Unless you have one of those progressive families and friend groups who is all vegan or something. For some reason, becoming vegan is the equivalent of moving out of the house and never seeing friends and family ever again. This isn’t true at all. Just stay strong and don’t give into peer pressure. At the very least, this will help you weed out the people who don’t support you in life, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
8. Visiting Others
This issue is tough, because whenever you go to someone’s house, they will feel pressured to supply vegan food while you are there. What happens if they have no idea what vegan food is and end up cooking you a medium-rare steak wrapped in bacon, drizzled in honey and topped with a fried egg? Aside from informing your friend that they have horribly misunderstood what it means to be vegan, they will feel bad that they failed you. Make sure people don’t feel pressured to cook vegan for you, or bring your own dish and make it a potluck!
You think it’s hard to become vegan. You think it will uproot your entire life. You think the reason not many people you know do this is because it is too difficult and it may ruin relationships. It may ruin households. It may ruin cities! Stop worrying and just do it. Do it slowly, and do it steadily. The change will seem drastic at first, but you will get used to it and it will become natural over time. Believe.
Becoming a vegan is your choice. If it is the right choice for you, make it happen.