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Taking the First Steps Into a Vegan Lifestyle
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Taking the First Steps Into a Vegan Lifestyle

I’ll be the first to admit that going vegan is anything but easy. The food side of things is the simple part. Living vegan is a completely different thing. You have to consider everything, from your home furnishings to your clothing. This can seem overwhelming and I think a lot of people avoid going completely vegan because of this. However, the trick is taking baby steps.

You might not be ready to leap into the vegan lifestyle 100% just yet. So start slowly. Food is perhaps the biggest issue. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, so it’s often the first step that the vegan-curious take. Eliminating the animal products from your diet is not as difficult these days, particularly in Western countries, where supermarkets are full of options.

The next step is yours alone to take. What do you feel is most important? Your clothing? Just your shoes? What about your home? The products you use in your home, from candles to toys, can be selected from environmentally conscious companies that refuse to use animal products. Decide what is most important to you and focus on fixing that part of your life first.

A good way to go is to sit down and talk to some other vegans. Rather than struggling to find a company that offers animal free footwear, ask your friends where they buy. You can reduce quite a bit of stress this way. Your vegan friends can also give you tips for the transition. You’ll find that it is far simpler to make the shift when you have the support you need.

Once you have gone vegan with your food and one other thing, it’s a simple matter to gradually expand this to include your entire lifestyle. Eventually, it will be simply part of everything you do. You’ll know which companies work for you and which don’t. You’ll know where to eat out and where to avoid. It does become easier over time.

Choosing to go vegan is the biggest decision you’ll have to make. From here on out, you can do anything if you take it one step at a time.

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  1. Tonya Kubo
    Tonya Kubo
    Great post! Going from an "anything goes" lifestyle to vegan can feel daunting. Breaking it down into manageable steps makes it feel so much more attainable.
  2. alexandra bezerra
    Great post Blanca!..I always say when people ask me if going Vegan and living Vegan is "hard"...NO!!!!..IT IS JUST DIFFERENT!...all depends on how you look at it!..keep going forward!...


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