Being a “perfect” vegan

Project Meal Prep | It's ok to not be perfect

Project Meal Prep | It's ok to not be perfect

I’ve been hearing a lot about Veganuary on the internet. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a movement where people are trying to eat vegan for the month of January.

Transitioning from non-veganism to veganism can be a little rough. I’m not just talking about things like cravings or dealing with reactions from other people, but also stuff like accidentally eating non-vegan food. It’s happened to me — once I even forgot that pizza had cheese on it!

When stuff like this happens, some people have an all-or-nothing mentality. Like, “Oops, I screwed up. The rest of this day / month on this diet is ruined, might as well give up.

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I’ve also heard from people that they WOULD become vegan or vegetarian, but they love bacon. Well then, continue to eat bacon, and don’t eat any other animal products. Or do a Meatless Monday. Think of a system that you can live with. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, because every little bit counts.

My boyfriend recently did the most amazing thing, which I did not think could have happened in a million years. He used to be a voracious meat eater, and I accepted that about him.

But in the last couple of months he dramatically reduced the amount of meat he eats.

He does eat meat about one meal a week, but for the most part, he doesn’t. This happened a few months ago and I’m still amazed and love him even more 🙂

Anyway, I digress. If you are trying out Veganuary or even thinking a little bit about reducing your consumption of animal products, just know that you don’t necessarily have to do a complete 180 if you can’t. Create a system that works for you, or go along with other popular ones, like Meatless Monday or Raw til 4.

3 thoughts on “Being a “perfect” vegan”

  1. What a great post! The problem I find with a lot of vegans is the all or nothing attitude. Now I don’t mean to generalise as obviously this isn’t everyone’s opinion, but if you are doing what you can, reducing your meat and dairy intake and generally being a better, more considerate human, you should be applauded for that. Sometimes little steps lead to big things and encouragement and support is vital on your journey. I’m pleased your boyfriend is cutting back on his meat intake, mine did the same, he went full veggie the day we got serious. Two and a half years later he’s still a healthy, happy veggie!

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    1. 100%! I’m glad to hear about your boyfriend too! It can take time to transition, and if people are scared away from trying in the first place, we are doing them a disservice by demanding perfection.

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