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Help! I am a college student and I am having the hardest time becoming a full-time vegan. I have been a vegetarian for four years now which is not a challenge to me at all. However, when I try to be vegan, it's the hardest thing for me. Especially since I live in a house FULLLL of dairy products. I live with my boyfriend, his father, and youngest brother who all thrive on meat and dairy products. Temptation is all around me. I also find myself binging when I have stressful situations. I can't seem to find the motivation. I want to be a vegan very badly, but my lack of self confidence is getting to me.
Can anyone give any advice or wisdom? I can't seem to prepare meals for the day that are convienent either. I go between work and school and home and eating is sometimes either very quickly or even in the car. I'm not obese, but my BMI is in the slightly overweight range. Please help!!!
First of all, don't beat yourself up. A vegetarian who tries her best to omit dairy and eggs is still doing great things for herself, the planet and the animals. So give your efforts some credit.
I have been an on again, off again dieter all my life. It seems like doing it for my own good isn't always enough. But when I started down this path, I watched a few eye opening videos online (If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls" and "Meet Your Meat"). Those really made the animal sufffering real to me, and suddenly, it was easier to make the right choice, because choosing otherwise would be participating in the cruelty. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I don't know your motivation for wanting to be vegan, but this helped me stay the course.
As for food, have a good cereal with almond milk ready for the morning. Make a pot of brown rice, keep canned beans and already seasoned and sliced tempeh on hand for wraps and sandwiches. Brown bag a PB&J. Make a pot of veg chile, or lentil soup and pop it into individual size tupperware to freeze for a quick dinner. Prep veggies and keep them in your fridge to grab as a quick snack with some hummus and pretzles. I love alot of the kind diet recipes, but for day to day, I usually keep it pretty simple. Makes this lifestyle seem much more manageable.
Good luck, and congrats on the steps you've taken so far. You should feel good about that.
Thank you so much Kim! I will definitely take your advice. I think my problem is that I think I have to cook all these things ahead of time but I forget about fast, easy things like hummus sandwiches, etc.
Thank you again! I appreciate your response :-)