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Resist The Bacon Sandwich: Step Away From The Pork Pie. How To Be Vegan (or Veganner) For Would-Be Vegans.

Updated on October 3, 2014

More Meat? Maybe Not!

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Have you been thinking about giving abstinence from eating and consuming (wearing, buying) animal products a whirl lately? Heaven knows there are a multitude of reasons to do so, should you happen to be looking for them. What are the benefits of vegan diet?

You may well be concerned about animal welfare. Generally recongnised as the first and foremost reason why someone might want to knock it on the head with the old meat by-products for a while.

Alternatively the whole ecological aspect may be what has grabed you and caused you to declare that you're changing your ways (in a dietary sense.) There is ample evidence and impetus to suggest that adopting a vegan, or a partly vegan diet, is healthier for the planet and can reduce your carbon footprint accordingly. Check out the 10:10 campaign if you feel a little sceptical, or just need an inspiring example of what can be done!

Are there other motivations for hankering after the vegan lifestyle, whether it might be one hundred per cent or at least to a degree? I guess there could be: you might be trying to fit in and accommodate your life to a more rigidly vegan partner or significant other. Perhaps you just feel awfully bad and guilty opening up the old Kit-e-Kat for your pets, and as you look into their adoring and beseeching eyes you feel that the less you have to do with upsetting anything fluffy with big, brown eyes, the better!

Now, it's one thing to make the decision: from now on I'm consuming a whole lot less animal products! But on the other hand, it's a whole other different thing – a different beast entirely – to act on it effectively, and not to waver. What is a healthy vegan diet? It's something that can drive you crazy! How do you effectively put a decision like this into practice?

I think the first and most important thing you can do is to make it easy on yourself. Now, if you were addicted to drugs or booze, would you first fill the house and your cupboards up with your substance of choice, and then test your new-found resolve by seeing how well you could withstand that temptation? No, of course not! Don't do that to yourself!

Instead, remove yourself from the place of temptation: or, rather, remove temptation from your place. Next time you go shopping? Sure, if you're not planning on going the whole hog, one hundred per cent vegan, then you may have some animal products you intend to buy, I guess the bare minimum. But draw the line at that! No need to fill up your freezer with steaks and bacon, and then agonize about how long you can hold off and manage not to defrost them and have a massive combined cooked breakfast and pot roast!


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