So, you fell off the vegan wagon. Now what? First off, don’t panic! New habits are hard to stick to, especially when not everyone around you is sticking to them. Let’s face it, being a vegan can be hard. Many restaurants don’t offer vegan options on their menus, cooking new vegan recipes can be a challenge, and non-vegan friends and family members can put up quite the opposition. However, we’re here to tell you that the vegan diet is worth another chance. It may take some work to fully incorporate it into your lifestyle, but once you do, you’ll feel better than you ever – and better yet, the planet will thank you big time. Read on to learn our 5 tips to follow after you’ve fallen off the vegan wagon.
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Without further ado, here are our top 5 tips for what to do after falling off the vegan wagon:
Be kind to yourself
As we mentioned before, sticking to any new habit can be a challenge, especially changing your diet. Go easy on yourself knowing that you’re trying your best and that you have good intentions. If fully swapping to a plantbased diet seems daunting, start with the 80/20 rule, where 80% of the time you strictly stick to vegan foods and 20% of the time you allow yourself to consume the animal-derived foods you’re craving. Bottom line? Give yourself grace and time to fully adjust to the vegan lifestyle! It will go a long way.
Prep, plan, and conquer!
Once you decide to jump back into your vegan diet, it can be tempting to rush to the grocery store and stock up on every fruit and vegetable in sight. However, our best advice is to have a meal plan in place. Take your time researching vegan recipes that actually look enjoyable to you, and pick a few to start off with. You can then go to the grocery store with an accurate list and only leave with the foods you’ll need. Better yet, having delicious, plantbased meals in mind that actually excite you will prevent you ordering non-vegan takeout instead!
Going vegan isn't easy, but it’s not hard either.
Following a vegan diet is only as hard as you make it. If you love cooking and feel compelled to cook three unique vegan meals a day, by all means, go for it! But, if you’re like us, and cooking from scratch doesn’t always fit into your busy schedule, stock up on easy-to-make vegan meals. There are quite a few delicious, pre-made meals on the market (including our wholesome and tasty plantbased pizzas). Furthermore, find the vegan restaurants in your area or restaurants that have vegan options on their menu. When you’re in a pinch, you’ll know where to go!
Find your vegan buddy
Habits are easier to follow when those around you are following them too! Find a friend or family member who wants to try out the vegan diet as well and hold each other accountable. This will make getting back into the vegan lifestyle more exciting and rewarding. If none of the people in your life are willing to try out veganism, you can also join groups on Facebook or other social media platforms full of vegans ready to motivate each other. Finding a vegan buddy or community is more helpful than you may thing in ensuring you don’t fall off the vegan wagon again!
Pick up where you left off
Last but not least, don’t turn slips into slides. Your journey to a fully vegan lifestyle may not be entirely seamless, but take each bump in the road as a learning experience. All it takes to get back into the vegan swing of things is one vegan meal – that’s it! We believe in you and are already proud of you for considering the vegan diet for the health of you, our planet, and the animals that inhabit it.
We also want to say that, in all honesty, the plantbased diet isn’t for everyone. While we always encourage sticking with veganism when possible, for some, it may not be feasible for their lifestyle or particular health concerns. If this rings true for you, try incorporating a few fully vegan meals into your diet throughout the week. Even eating plantbased every so often is better for the planet than never at all. Make swaps where you can, take what helps, and leave the rest.
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