The Promise Of Vegan Nirvana

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.

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Lifestyle Coach, CEO at Opare Institute
Supporting you by bringing you flavorful and satisfying vegan and raw vegan recipes, inspiration and online training and one-on-one coaching to help LOVE YOUR VEGAN LIFE! I am an educator and revolutionary who has teamed up with my physician/dietitian husband, Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA, to address the growing health problems in the Afrikan/Black community by building a Nation of Black Vegetarians and Vegans.

9 comments on “The Promise Of Vegan Nirvana

  1. Vegan nirvana. My idea of vegan nirvana is habitually eating foods that nurture my body. Ideally, those foods will look and taste really good, too. I’ll love them so much that I’ll be looking forward to every meal, and will gladly replace whatever else I’ve been eating for them. Since I recognize “illness” as healing crisis, I envision being better able to address those crises with food, juicing, herbs, exercise, and/or fasting.

    That has actually been my experience so far. It’s not that I don’t get sick, but when I get a cold, for example, I have minor symptoms, but don’t feel as badly as I did before. I have learned to pay attention to my body and know when it’s reacting to my poor choices, such as not exercising or poor food choices.

    I can say that I make good choices more often than I make poor choices, but to reach vegan nirvana, I would be surrounded by other people who make those good choices the majority of the time, and who can both teach and influence me in the right direction. As it stands, I’m surrounded by people who eat completely different than I desire. I’m currently working to get back on track more quickly, after a period(s) of resuming poor food choices.

    Because I see food as a way to socialize and connect with other people, I tend to eat what they’re eating with them. That doesn’t always work to my advantage. Eating is a very personal experience because once the food enters our bodies, it affects only us … and of course, we’re only ones who have to deal with those effects.

    I would like to reach raw vegan nirvana, and artistic nirvana because I can see that as way to enhance my well being as I continue through my 50’s and into my 70’s, etc. Part of that would be having the energy levels necessary to do all of the things that I want to do, moving forward. Instead of slowing down, and feeling tired, I want to feel the light behind my eyes with off the chart energy that makes me confident that I can take on projects, and go back to dancing, the way I used to.

    However long I live, I want a quality existence where I live life fully, with vitality and passion.

    • Thank you for your sharing. I really love the part about the social aspic of eating. That is a big thing for most of us and something I am working on too, especially when it comes to avoiding cooked food.

    • Ooh, good for you! I use Bare Minerals and I love it. Unfortunately, I’ve always had “bad skin,” meaning I had acne since I was 8 years old. While my skin certainly does look better than it did before I went raw for 3-4 months, I still use makeup to even out my complexion. I chose the mineral makeup for its benefits, as well as the coverage it provides. Other foundations made me think “I’m going to pay for the damage that I’m doing to my skin later,” which diminished whatever joy the look was giving me. LOL

      Now I don’t have to use a lot of it, but I sure am happy to have it when I want to “refine” my look. Thanks for sharing.

      • I too had bad acne most of my life. Nana Kwaku told me to stop putting ANYTHING on my face and that plus the diet made all the difference. All I do now is use hot water and a wash cloth or buff pad to scrub it.

  2. This is picture of beautiful sistah, she must be vegan!!! I look forward to the journey!! I salute you!

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