You have made it to the last step in your journey to plant-based. Congrats!
Whether you are making changes slowly or have gone cold-turkey already, it’s great you’ve taken an interest in this area of your life.
Step #5 is all about navigating the pitfalls of having a vegan diet, in terms of your own and other people’s attitudes.
Sadly, there is a huge amount of negativity and in-fighting in online vegan communities. Many VLoggers and YouTubers create gossip-y trolling videos for click bait (i.e. to get more views and followers).
Frequently these vegans justify their poor behaviour by claiming its for “The Animals! The Animals”. As a result, many people think vegans are *rseholes. And they don’t want to be associated with vegans or call themselves vegan, even if they are.
The cause should not be an excuse for fanatical, angry, unreasonable and just plain ‘not nice’ behaviour. It’s embarrassing!
Finger-pointing, finger wagging and judgemental militant vegans make non-vegans feel defensive because they think they are going to be attacked. Don’t be that person!
If someone takes an interest in what you are doing, explain your choices. Just don’t try to ram it down people’s throats. You never change anyone’s beliefs by force.
Likewise, please ignore anyone who attacks your efforts to eat a plant-based diet. I’ve had my share of people telling me I’m too vegan – and not vegan enough.
Whether you are criticised because your vegan-stance is misunderstood or ‘you are not a real vegan’, it’s nobody’s business how vegan or not you are. It’s not a competition to be the most pure!
I occasionally fall off the vegan wagon myself. I am imperfect, but doing my best within a culture that is only just waking up to vegan options.
Sometimes I eat food with a bit of egg or dairy in at a restaurant, on the road or at someone’s house, because there are no vegan options.
To some, that makes me a ‘fake vegan’ and I definitely shouldn’t be writing this book and course.
I see matters differently.
In my opinion, the more people who move towards a plant-based diet the better; what they label themselves as and how committed they are is their responsibility and business.
If you want to change the world, start with yourself.
Change always comes from within. People around you will more likely be inspired by your example if you exude a positive, happy energy.
Honestly, they won’t feel like learning from you or following your lead if you are miserable, critical, holier-than-thou or fundamentalist.
My family never tried to convert me to vegetarianism when I was young, so why should I lecture anyone now? I share the fridge with my non-vegan husband and we get along just fine.
Step #5 Actions:
Be The Change.
And, if you waiver, simply revisit all the steps in this e-course.
You’ve finished the e-course + now have all the information needed to start plant-based living, here + in your PDF guide!