I have said this in other posts but to me the transition was not entirely hard, but I also think it was easy for me because my wife was already vegan so I had a partner in the transition and that always makes things easier. On top of that she had done the research and followed other bloggers and talked with people so she knew what foods were the most nutritious and would back an active lifestyle. Previously I had consumed meat every day and while I tried to stick to what people claim to be the “lean” meats I still had turkey or fish or chicken with almost every lunch and dinner.
. I was also the type to order a steak when I went out to eat. To me though removing meat from my diet was easy, the substitutes out there are so good and numerous these days and getting the same amount if not more protein and nutrients is easy. I never ever craved meat I was just like the majority of other people in this country and was convinced (brain washed more like it) into thinking meat was the only way to get protein and is an essential part of a diet. Looking back I couldn’t believe I was so naïve. With that being said I would say the hardest part for me was the dairy. Again we are told to believe that we need milk and also I just used to really love cheese. When I went vegan really the only option was almond milk and I wasn’t the biggest fan and good luck finding anything on a menu that doesn’t include butter or cheese. Plus I think it’s a little easier to “cheat” on a vegan diet when you’re out to eat….“Oh that has cheese its ok ill make an exception this time”, it’s easy to say that right? So I definitely think dairy was the hardest for me especially since I could eat cereal for every single meal and be happy. Overall it passed though and today becoming a vegan has never been easier, it’s actually hard to keep up with all of the new products and trying everything. It is like everything else right? You need to be dedicated and you need to have the will power to not only not give into temptation but to also not give into the pressure and questions from those around you.
What was the hardest thing for you to give up?