RE: Just normal
Posted Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM
For me the transition was easy, but I see a lot of folks who really want to be vegan fail.
In fact, most folk who attempt this life-change have two things in common.
1. They really want to make the change.
2. They fail to make the change.
Why does vegan eating have such a high rate of failure? Why was it easy for me and my wife, and so difficult for others.
I think the primary factor is cravings.
The secondary factor is eating unexciting food, which leads you back to dwelling on the craving.
The final contributing factor is the "cheat of convenience". Man, I am tired and don't want to spend an hour in the kitchen...I will just order a veggie pizza today and get back on track tomorrow....
What's the answer? Become a good cook. Start by mastering four or five really satisfying dinners, two or three really satisfying breakfasts, and lunch, well that takes care of itself in leftover dinners. Once you have that firm food foundation, you can continue to build your food preparation mastery. Try one new recipe every week to keep your food exciting and fresh.
When I choose a recipe for my blog it has to serve the reader in multiple ways.
1. It must be delicious and satisfying to both my wife and I. If either of us is not thrilled with a recipe, I don't share it. Seems to be a pretty good razor so far. This keeps us from dwelling on any craving that may pop up, as we are in a state my wife calls "happy tummies".
2. It must be quick and easy to prepare. This is key to avoiding the "cheat of convenience".
3. It must be more healthful than the SAD version of the dish, if there is one. This reinforces the benefit of the new eating culture you have adopted in more energy, better lab results, robust health, longer life, and is a message to yourself about your commitment to be responsible for the things you take into your body.