How To Survive And Thrive In A Non-Vegan World

So you are trying to become vegan but you can’t seem to make it stick? Don’t get down on yourself. The culture and society we live in are set up to cause you to fail.

We all know that eating healthy is important for losing weight, healing and getting off medications, and increasing our energy level. For many of us that means moving to a plant-based diet or vegan diet.

Unfortunately, for most of us, just deciding we want to change our diet and lifestyle isn’t enough to establish healthy habits and break our sugar and junk food addictions. Even when we know how much better we will feel, it is difficult to give up our bad habits.

Me in 2004I tried for more than 20 years to move to a vegetarian diet. Instead my diet got worse and worse over the years and my weight and health issues increased, while my energy level decreased. I bought cookbooks, visited health food stores, and resolved to make at least one vegetarian meal a week. All the while, burgers and fries, cookies and sweets were an increasing part of my diet. I felt bad about myself and about my lack of will power.

Now I have been eating vegan since 2007 and I can’t imagine going back. I lost most of the weight I had gained, my energy has soared and I am healthier than ever before.

Fortunately I found a guide that made all the difference. Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, a physician with a degree in nutrition who has spent 30+ years guiding people towards a vegan diet was that guide. With his help I learned it wasn’t about my will power. The deck was stacked against me. I needed more than just the resolve to do it.

My results aren’t the result of good luck or a sudden increase in will power.  The techniques I learned have been used not only by me, but also by many other people. People like you with busy schedules and active lives.

Nana Kwaku and I have dedicated our work to helping people not only survive but to THRIVE with a vegan lifestyle. Blending his expertise and experience with my 30 years in education and curriculum development allows us to create effective programs to help people reach their goals.


Here are some common misconceptions people have about making diet changes that can lead to trouble.

I don’t have the will power. Big corporations spend great sums of money to develop addicting taste concoctions and the media campaigns to trigger our cravings for them. How many times have you seen a commercial on tv and the next thing you know you are heading to the refrigerator or making a plan to go out to eat?

I can eat just a little. Sugar, fat and salt are addictive. I know once I eat that chocolate, or cookie, I will want another, then another, and another. You know the chip tag line, “You can’t eat just one.’

I’ll be a bother and people will think I am weird. Having healthy options available will benefit everyone else and will be appreciated by other people who are trying to eat healthy. I started bringing my kale salad to my family gatherings and now people request it all the time.


Being vegan in a non-vegan world brings challenges and roadblocks that can set you off course. However you CAN be successful. The tools you will learn will help you:

Listen Within–So that you can recognize your trouble spots and pay careful attention to the messages your body is giving you.

Get Educated–That way you will know how eating vegan can improve not only your life but also the world around you.

Learn The Skills–Making flavorful satisfying food will help you enjoy your meals and replace old favorites with new healthier ones.

Be Prepared–Plan ahead for success in your day-to-day, go to work, travel, holiday, friends and family, real world activities .

How To Survive And Thrive In A Non-Vegan World: A 26-page guide that gives health conscious people, who struggle to stay on track with their vegan diet, the tools they need to navigate home, work, family, the holidays and travel and get control of their food addictions.

More and more people are ready to break their animal product, sugar and junk food addictions, and establish healthy habits that work with their busy lives.

For most of us it isn’t easy. But it can be done with the right tools.

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Don’t spend another minute feeling bad about yourself or your “lack of will power.” Get started moving forward towards your new healthier lifestyle today.


5 Comments on “How To Survive And Thrive In A Non-Vegan World

07/01/2015 at 10:18 pm

Thank you for such a beautiful site to help people like me. I had tired to lead a vegan lifestyle previously but my family never got on board with it and I just became disillusioned and larger. Now 25 yrs later I’m trying again and making strides, not great ones but strides. Now that I have the time to read and educate myself I feel a little overwhelmed and I still don’t understand when to cleanse and prepare cleansing and how to incorporate vegan food in place of just a vegetable plate. Sometimes ones options are very limited when dining out. But I think the real key to success as with anything is preparation. Must I use gluten free flour versus just regular flour? It seems as though I’m making Baby Steps!

Ama Opare
07/02/2015 at 6:49 pm

Pamela, thank you for your feedback. Making change can indeed be overwhelming. I hope you will get answers to your questions here at Food For The Soul. We will be opening our Healthy Eating Success training that is perfect for helping folks in your situation shortly. Stay tuned!

Ama Opare
07/03/2015 at 2:00 pm

Pamela, I realized I neglected to respond to your gluten question. Does gluten have a negative effect on you? If so you should avoid it. If not don’t. Pay attention to how you feel when you eat it and how you feel when you don’t. Then decide. Overall, flour of any type is a processed food. Minimizing your intake of processed foods of all types should be your goal. How far you take that depends on where you are trying to go and what your current situation is. Here is a article I wrote that talks more about that.

04/01/2015 at 10:31 am

Great article. I am back on board with vegetarian life I gave it up after becoming pregnant and not because I thought it wouldn’t be good for me or my growing child but because pregnancy changed my tastes and I could hardly stand the sight of a green vegetable. I ate all kinds of sweets -cakes cookies and tons of candy. Towards the end of my pregnancy I started eating more real food but still nothing like before my pregnancy . Now I’m ready to get back my plant based lifestyle…so far so good. I’m happy because I get to eat and live healthy while nursing my son and he gets to rea the benefit of my healthy diet.

Thank you

Ama Opare
04/03/2015 at 9:55 pm

sophi, what a great gift you are giving your son. Rock on!


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