I've been vegetarian for about a year and a half now and I want to turn vegan. My biggest problem is I can't be constant with my diet. I haven't eaten any meat except twice (the two times were by mistake) in the last year and a half but I go through eating phases. The first one is where I'll get all the nutrients I need and where I eat enough. Then I go through another phase where I can barely eat anything or I forget to eat so I feel sluggish all the time and then when I start eating again, I eat very unhealthy (still without meat) but I'll eat lots of chocolate, cakes, chips, and stuff like that. I really want to become vegan but I'm scared I'll just make it worst with my current eating cycle. Anyone has an idea how I can transition without having too many problems or should I jut to keep my vegetarian diet stable before I make any attempt at veganism? Or even how to keep a good balance with my vegetarian diet. It's a bit difficult to keep a constant balance on a college budget as it limits what I can buy.
Thank you :)
I think you should give it a go as I found that when I went vegan my eating habits and cooking habits changed completely ... and for the better! I still have the odd week where I'll take short-cuts or have too many sweet things but by the end of that week or so I am usually feeling crappy and craving to get back to good food so I can feel better again. So you might find the same thing? My cooking also improved because I was more interestested in what I was putting together.
I think everyone has bad weeks and no-one is perfect but make sure you read up on it all as much as possible as that will also make it easier .... follow a few vegan blogs perhaps? Just make sure you take a B12 tablet regularly and really try your best to eat whole foods whenever you can.
Heyy, I know exactly what you mean! In fact I'm quite the same (or was) but in making little logical and practical steps its easy to maintain a balance. I write a blog and try to update it every day. Some tips I can give is to always have something ready on hand. I make a big tupperwear of soup and keep it in the fridge. That way I can always have a meal within minutes. I've just graduated so I understand the student budget situation! In fact when I start my first job I'll have less money than allowance I had a college! That's my blog http://musingsofashrew.wordpress.com/ I'm updating it tonight because I have two of my ver best girlfriends for dinner. Pretty excited!
I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 29 years & my 2 children have been since birth. We've recently started the adventure to turn vegan. I am so thrilled that my little ones want to do this without asking. When they found out I was taking this step, they asked to join me. YAY! I must admit it isn't as easy as I thought but it's awesome. I cannot wait to be a full vegan along with my kids. The reason why I call this an adventure is because the other family members in our home are not even vegetarians. However, I feel my little ones are making a difference there too. Children are astounding!!!! Our budget is tight here also. Although I have been making it work for our vegetarian diet all these years. So I am thinking making this switch to vegan shouldn't be too hard. Last year we started our own "little" organic garden. It wasn't easy (living in the city), but it was excellent & delicious! We couldn't wait to plant even more this year.
Good health & best wishes! :) Peace.
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