I had even tried a vegan diet for a month, only to learn in the process that I wasn’t ready.The commitment to officially say “I’m vegan” was a decision I deliberated about for a long time.So if you just replace it, say, with beans that cost a dollar per pound, you’ll bank some serious coin.
Even after I became vegetarian, I turned this question over and over in my mind.
I knew that I wanted to quit eating animal products but just couldn’t imagine making it work.
In the end, it took two full years before I completely cut out eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.
But when the time was finally right, there was no question about it. Giving up the cheese isn’t nearly as hard as it seems. Life without cheese takes some adjustment, especially if you rely on it as an essential part of the few vegetarian dishes you can order in “normal” restaurants.
And yet, even with such a relaxed attitude and an avoidance of anything that could be considered pushy, I’d estimate that after we went vegan, we started eating dinners with family and friends about half as much as before, maybe even less.
Being vegan is a big deal, whether you make it that way or not.
As the plant-based fitness movement grows, this is beginning to change.
But keep in mind that even though are aware of this shift because you’re so closely involved in it, most people have no clue about this.
The need to be an example goes beyond fitness, of course — for instance, I try hard to be the opposite of the stereotypical “preachy” vegan, too.
Many vegans find their identity in being preachy, which is cool, but it’s not for me. No matter how much you try to not make it a big deal, it’s gonna be a big deal.
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage by now: “Pay for it now, or pay for it later.” The money we spend on the healthiest food possible is an investment in our future health that will pay off down the road. (I realize I’m in the minority when I say this; most vegan chefs I’ve talked to didn’t discover their passion for food they went vegan.) Here’s what happened: First, vegan food took a little more work to prepare.