9 years ago I commenced my transition to becoming vegan. When you decide to make a change there are two paths you can choose.
- Change immediately and forget about the past
- Make gradual changes.
Throughout my life, whether it be career development, personal development, lifestyle changes or changing to improve the environment, I have generally taken the 2nd path.
Why? Because massive changes can bring on stress, feeling unfulfilled and the chance of not fulfilling the entire goal. Furthermore, if it is dieting changes, the first 3 letters are DIE. You die inside, your energy dies, your lifestyle dies.
When I first met Deb she was a dedicated vegetarian working in a not-for-profit animal shelter caring for everything she could. I was working in the agricultural industry, with a large focus on chemical use. During a work trip I started to consciously seek out the vegetarian option on the menu, then diners at friends places I ensured she was catered for and tried eating what she did. Eventually we fell in love and I was given the opportunity to move to Perth only 2 months into being together.
Once we settled in together, I declared I would not eat meat at home and only have it on the work nights away. That very quickly changed, I soon abandoned meat and switched to a vegetarian lifestyle .
5 years later we experimented with a vegan diet. We had health and blood tests to establish a baseline of the vitals and for the month compared the shopping bill to our non-vegan days. This is when the next small change began.
After finding out the changes to our health and blood had no lasting effects and that the cost was slightly higher we consciously made the decision to reduce our egg and dairy intake. We ceased purchasing eggs and only relied on those produced by our rescued chickens. We commenced using soy or nut milks in our coffee and porridge.
3 years later we were introduced to Raw food through our family. Our first recipe book enlightened us to a world beyond the normal vegetarian and vegan diets. However, some of it was daunting, soaking and dehydrating whilst both working and now 2 children seemed like too much. Slowly, slowly we tried more and more, using the oven to dehydrate on occasions and feeling healthier and healthier along the way. Reading more, listening more and learning more as we went.
Another year on, and at the end of couple of jobs that were draining and stressful, it was time to make another small change; how do we become even more healthy. We increased the amount of raw meals, whilst we looked for a career direction for both of us simultaneously. I found a job with a company that has a very strong community and environmental focus, whilst Deb found a business we could run and grow, simultaneously improving our health and helping educate others.
6 Months later Deb has changed to a 100% vegan diet. I have cut out 90% dairy and the entire family (including children) have converted to an 80% raw diet.
Each and every day we look for new ways to reduce our reliance on animal production and our impact on the planet. We will never be 100% perfect. We will continue to learn from others, look at the picture holistically and make the best decision for our health, the health of our children, the health of animals and the health of the planet.
When anyone looks to convert to veganism, look at how you want to change. Is is bit by bit to become a better person for yourself, your family, for the animals and the environment. Or are you different to me J and have experienced change overnight.
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