Going Vegan can be very difficult in the beginning. Not just because you have to figure out all new dishes to eat, but because there is this underlying fear that society has placed.
“How will you get enough of all the nutrients you need?”
Do any of these sound familiar?
“How will you get enough protein being vegan?”
“What about getting enough calcium if you don’t drink milk?”
“You MUST take a multivitamin if you’re a vegan to be sure you get B-12.”
( many plant based milks and tofus are fortified with B-12)
I was a victim to it all in the beginning. Especially after we had our first child and decided to raise her as a vegetarian. I’m not regretting all the research I did and information I learned. I think it’s always very important to do research and learn all you can. But, I see now I allowed myself to get extremely stressed and worried about every last detail of what we ate.
There is a different kind of relationship you can have with food. I have learned this with age and my experiences.
You can have a relationship full of love instead of worry, of nourishment instead of indulgence, a satisfying relationship that causes no stress.
There are three important keys to developing this kind of relationship.
1. You must be connected to your body and listen to what it tells you
There are so many who walk around completely disconnected. Perhaps their minds are preoccupied with life’s worries, or a desire for a loving relationship but this disconnection extends to ignoring the things your body tells you.
Think about a time in your life when you indulged in a decadent dessert and perhaps ate more than you normally would to only regret it a few hours later when you felt heavy and sick.
Did you truly listen to what your body told you and never eat that same quantity of a decadent dessert again?
Think about during summer the way you crave fresh fruits. How you can taste those juicy sweet strawberries when you’re just thinking about them. These are some of the easy to hear things your body tells you. Once you listen and understand you will easily be able to figure out what kind of foods and nutrients your body needs at any given time.
2. Understand That Food Is Intended To Nourish Your Body And Soul
Try to eat a good variety of foods that are grown from the earth. Foods that make your body feel good after eating. Do your best to stay away from processed foods, even if they are vegan.
I’m not saying to not have bean burgers and cupcakes, but what I am saying is try to make/cook as much as you can. Having a fresh red velvet cupcake you made and know all the ingredients you added to it is always better than having a red velvet cupcake that is packaged and was sitting on a supermarket shelf.
No one is perfect and I understand life can get very hectic at times, these convenience foods are just that convenient. But I guarantee you once you begin to make small efforts it get easier and easier.
3. Eat Mindfully
Eating mindfully is another component of food as nourishment. Eat slowly and allow your body to connect with your brain, to be able to communicate when you have had enough nourishment. Eating slowly also allows you to savor the delicious flavors of your meal.
Also just because it is noon does not mean you HAVE to have lunch. Perhaps you did not do the normal things you do in the morning and your appetite has not been triggered. It’s okay to wait a bit until you are hungry or just skip the meal.
These are 3 simple things you can work on to develop the kind of loving relationship with food that will enhance your life and your happiness.
Here are some resources to help you along the way
You can also check out my vegan meal ideas section in the blog to get some ideas of simple meals you can begin to make here
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