The benefits of a plant-based diet are multiple.
A plant-based diet makes it easier to attain and maintain optimum health.
A plant-based diet is environmentally by far more sustainable, and is the best personal investment one can make in the future of this planet and of our future generations.
And not the least: a plant based diet is a direct contribution to the relief of suffering of millions of animals, on a daily basis, planetwide. Thus it is the incarnation of the “Ahimsa” concept of Yoga philosophy. Ahimsa means: Non-violence: to refrain from violence towards oneself, other creatures or the environment.
Yet for those who have been convinced either by themselves, guided by their heart-intuïtion or after browsing and reading the ever growing scientific evidence for all the benefits of eating plant based, some of the following questions may arise:
- How do I go vegan?
- Where do I start?
- How do I get organized?
- How do I succeed?
If you have the time and the skills to master the tremendously scattered information, the vast ocean of vegan blogs and recipes, and to synthesize all of that into your own personal transition strategy, then bingo! Go for it! You don’t need any help.
However, if you have no idea where to start, if you are bewildered by the amount of sometimes contradictory information, if eating the vegan way looks complicated or not very tasty, then a personal food coaching as Yoga Kitchen proposes under the flag of Veganisto may be helpful.
The good news is: there is not one right way of doing it.
The essential thing is: you and your personal situation today are of key importance in choosing your path towards joining the ever growing number of people thriving on a healthy vegan diet.
Having been a vegetarian for 15 years and a vegan for 5 years myself, having read, tried, compared different approaches and food philosophies, I draw from rich personal experience. Moreover, I have worked for almost four years in organic food stores and companies, and that has given me a fairly good knowledge of products. Then finally, I also draw from my coaching experiences in several positions during my 35 year long professional career.
I am aware that amongst people who, often overnight, convert to a vegan diet, many will revert to an omnivorous diet and consider their effort to go fully vegan a failure. Then maybe, it may not have been a failure, but simply a rash, or some kind of perfectionism.
And that is why I choose for a sustainable approach in my food coaching activities.
Let’s consider in this context part of the answers to the questions above:
How do I go vegan?
At your own pace, respecting the pace of your family members. A step by step approach is far more sustainable and succesful than a sudden rush.
Where do I start?
From your food likes and dislikes of today. Another good news is: you will not have to sacrifice neither taste nor pleasure. Your favourite dishes today stand a good chance of remaining your favourite dishes of tomorrow, as everything can be “veganized”.
How do I get organized?
By having a closer look at your actual food shopping habits and ways of cooking and the contents of your pantry and fridge today. By adapting them step by step. By gradually introducing new foods you may have never used before.
How do I succeed?
By choosing your intermediary targets wisely. By being mild for yourself. By being equally consistent regarding your family members.
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