Some people promise that if you go vegan you will .... be skinny, never have health problems, whatever.
You know, reach Vegan Nirvana.
But what if that just isn't happening? You may feel disappointed in yourself because you haven't gotten there. You may still be overweight. You may still get sick from time to time. You may find yourself falling off the wagon.
The reality is what happens for you is an individual experience. There are too many contributing factors to expect that what happens to someone else will happen to you in the same way.
Things such as:
- What is your body type? The skinny as a rail type? Or the big-boned type?
- Where are you starting from? Decades of self-abuse? Or just need to take it up a notch?
- What is your health like now? One foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel? Or minimal health problems?
Then there is your overall approach to being healthy:
- What other lifestyle habits do you have? Are you a couch potato who drinks, smokes with a bad attitude? Or are you active, positive, non-drinker with a strong spiritual practice?
- What type of vegan food are you eating? Oreos, Twizzlers, french fries and pasta? Or greens, fresh fruit, and mostly raw?
- How MUCH do you eat? You can even overeat healthy food.
You get the picture.
How to reach your own personal Nirvana
What you eat is only one part of the puzzle. It's a very important piece and you will certainly see changes in many aspects of your life once you eliminate animal products from your diet. You should for sure ditch the animal products from your diet. But it's not the whole picture.
You must follow what Nana Kwaku call your Rule Book And User Guide For Healthy Living. This means living a healthy lifestyle as a whole.
Start or get back to keeping a journal.
Everyday record what you eat, what you do, how you feel, what your thoughts and experiences are and what your progress is. Then examine and review what you write from time to time and look for patterns, coronations between what you are doing and your progress or lack there of.
Be honest with yourself. Where are you stuck in old unhealthy patterns? Where do you need to move to the next level? What triggers you to engage in unhealthy things? How can you avoid those triggers?
At the same time be sure to notice and celebrate your successes. How have you progressed? What changes have you noticed? How has your life been impacted for the better?
Your personal journey and experience will be uniquely yours. Don't compare yourself to others.
Let go of expectations of Vegan Nirvana. It doesn't exist. Instead focus on just being the best YOU you can be. Your path and what works best for you will be unique to you. Make short-term goals to make incremental improvements and commit to doing one thing to get you there. Then take the next step. Keep on keepin on until you get there. Then it's on to the next goal.
Now it's your turn. What is your image of Vegan Nirvana? How does YOUR personal Vegan Nirvana differ from the image you have seen portrayed about what vegans SHOULD be? Tell us in the comments below.