To be vegan what you have to give up is nothing and everything. You won’t have to give up your zest for life. You won’t have to give up your enthusiasm for observing good nutritional habits. You won’t have to give up who you truly are. In fact, you’ll discover more about who that is through a vegan diet. Now you will have to give up all previously held notions and misconceptions you’ve had about what being vegan means. By this I mean that all of the myths that you’ve probably heard about vegans like vegans are unhealthy or that they don’t get enough vitamins and nutrients must be thrown out the window and be sure to go up about 100 stories when you do it. Additionally, you’ll have to give up meat and meat products including dairy and eggs. So that means no more prime ribs, filet mignon, smothered chicken, beer-battered shrimp, and omelettes.
Now as detrimental as this may sound, it’s not all that bad and there is actually a treasure at the end of the rainbow. Â Being vegan isn’t about giving anything up as much as it is about gaining a new lease on life. Â Sure, you’ll dreadfully miss eating all of that grain-fed, antibiotic-hormone overdosed livestock, but guess what? Â You’ll have new opportunities to eat more fresh, natural, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Â You’ll be introduced to a world of flavors. Â You’ll embark upon a new life of vigor and passion. Â You’ll feed millions of the world’s poor. Â You’ll drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Â You’ll save the life of hundreds of animals. Â Essentially, you’ll be granted the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of ethical eating.
In this meat-based society it may seem that a life without meat is no life at all, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Â Being vegan is all about being alive and taking advantage of the goodness of life. Â After all, what better way to enjoy life than to feed your body foods that are alive. Â I know that despite all of this goodness this may still be a bit overwhelming for many of you and if that’s the case you can always start off on a vegetarian diet which will allow you to continue eating dairy, eggs, chicken or seafood and make the transition gradually. Â Either way, you’ll be warmly welcomed once you are ready to fully transition to the other side. Â So, until then enjoy the benefits of plant-based eating.
Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert, and Author. Â To learn more about her fabulous Vegetarian Meal Plans, purchase her infamous eBook “The 50¢ Book That’s Hotter Than 50 Cent,” or INSTANTLY grab her FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit go to www.AmirahBFit.com