20 February 2012

TDIV Q&A: How can I go vegan when I love the taste of meat?

First of all, you are not alone. This is probably one of the most popular statements I hear from non-vegans:

“Oh, I could never give up meat; I like the taste too much.”

If I said that no vegan has ever been plagued with the temptation of eating meat, especially at the beginning of their transition, I would be wrong.

I understand that giving up meat can be difficult, so I have compiled a few tips to keep in mind. Feel free to use this as a guide so you can make the transition a positive learning experience.

Here are four crucial and beneficial steps that will make the transition to becoming vegan much easier:

1. First and foremost, the most essential thing that you must do is educate yourself. Please research the cruel industry of factory farming. These recent articles paint a vivid picture of the abuse happening on pig and chicken farms.

2. Indulge in documentaries, such as Earthlings and Food, Inc. as they are excellent places to gain not only knowledge about the cruel practices of factory farming, but also the nutritional and health benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. If you don’t truly comprehend how mistreated animals are in the meat and dairy industry, not consuming meat will be more of a struggle than a preferred choice or reward. After watching these documentaries, you will want to throw out any meat or dairy product that is lurking in your kitchen!

3. Visit farm animals in their natural habitat. Take notice on how intelligent and compassionate these friendly
creatures are. Remember how worthy they are to live a full, cruelty-free life.

4. The last suggestion is to experiment with some delicious vegan recipes. It won’t be long before you start to notice the health benefits that go hand in hand with veganism. (Did I mention that your taste buds will be thanking you too?!)

Keep in mind this may not be an easy transition. However, once you are educated and aware, you will begin to realize how much of an impact you are making. Going vegan means that every day you are saving lives and advocating for defenseless animals. I can assure you meat will never taste the same again.

Ashley Shamus | Email
Northeast Pennsylvania Ashley has a psychology degree, and is soaking up tons of knowledge while furthering her education. She has a passion for holistic nutrition, animal rights, and green vegetables. In her free time, she loves to cook, juice, and bask in the sun. She whole heartedly applauds and appreciates all of the wonderful people who strive to make a positive difference in animals’ lives!

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