08 May 2012

The transition to a vegan lifestyle isn't always easy, even for celebs like Ellen DeGeneres

The transition from meat or dairy-eater to vegan isn't an easy one, but over a million of us have done it and that means you can, too. Outspoken vegan advocate Ellen DeGeneres hasn't always been vegan or vegetarian, and even divulges information about her past cuisine -- the transition was difficult at times for DeGeneres but well worth it. I believe that most vegans have "been there" when it comes to restaurant frustration and displeasure with themselves when it comes to our past habits.

Remembering to order your toast "dry" or to ask if there's animal broth in that lentil soup can leave even the strongest person in exasperated hungry-tears when you find yourself eating a simple side salad at a greasy burger joint with friends.

But don't let that bring you too far down -- we've all been there. There are a ton of delicious and filling vegan options available at restaurants; you just have to do your homework. If you're one of those people who haven't given up meat, cheese, or eggs, know that it's not easy, but if you really want to make the move to a compassionate and kind life, you will.

If you need a visual push, there are hundreds of videos showing the disgusting and heartbreaking conditions that living and feeling "food" is treated and made. I have seen a bacon-lover give up the pork after watching a video on how pigs are treated, tortured, and slaughtered, not to mention the process in which bacon is made. Barf.

 It's hard to make a change of any kind, and that's one reason why This Dish is Veg is here. You don't have to make the change alone!

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals | Facebook | website 
Colorado Kelly Beth is a clinical herbalist and vegan foodie. She lives deep in the mountains of Colorado with her fiancé, cat, and plants. She loves living as close to the land as possible and practicing self-sustainability, from growing her own food to wild crafting herbal medicine. Kelly Beth is the owner of twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic botanical business that is also certified cruelty-free.

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