How is it that being vegan, something that I always thought of as being so difficult, is so easy?
Years ago, when I was a vegetarian, I would say, "No way could I ever be vegan. I could never give up my cheese!"
Months ago, when I started the vegetarian transition again, I said the same thing. "How can I give up pizza? I'll give up the pepperoni, but NEVER the cheese! It's too delicious!!!"
So how is it that I've been vegan now for over a month, with very few difficulties? Why was there such fear of failure going into this?
I'm not sure. There is definately a stigma about veganism. People think that it's too difficult. That it's nearly impossible. That all vegans eat is vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds.
There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between veganism and raw veganism. I am pretty sure that I never will be a raw vegan. I'm pretty sure that I would never want to be. It's not for everyone, and I think I'm one of the people that it's not for.
However, it is very easy for me to be vegan. I don't feel deprived at all. I'm eating all sorts of delicious foods every day. For example, this is today's menu (typical work day menu):
breakfast: PB&J on a whole wheat sandwich thin, banana
lunch: bean and rice burrito, carrots
dinner: avacado, EVOO, salsa, Daiya "cheese", wasa crispbread; brown rice
snacks: Tofutti cutie (vegan ice cream sandwich), broccoli and cauliflower
I would love to be not eating any processed foods, and I am still working on that. But for now I think that I've found a sustainable and happy medium that I can stick with and enjoy. It works for me!