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How to Vegan: 20 Vegan Diet Hacks

How to Vegan: 20 Vegan Diet Hacks

Zen Habits has a great list of 20 motivation hacks, and they work very well for motivating you to do anything new and stick with it, including starting a vegan diet. Here’s the list adapted to helping you start and maintain a vegan diet:


  1. Chart Your Progress. Keep a log on an excel sheet of everything you eat. You can cross reference this with your health and performance as well.


  1. Hold Yourself Back. Ease into a vegan diet. Sometimes if you change too suddenly, you’ll feel overwhelmed and be tempted to quit. 


  1. Join an online (or off-line) group. Find vegan Facebook groups. They’re fantastic. And continue reading the updates on this blog :-)


  1. Post a picture of your goal someplace visible. Whatever that may be. You holding up a plate of delicious vegan food. A really cute picture of a happy, living animal.


  1. Get a workout partner or goal buddy. Having a buddy makes it a lot easier and more fun. Especially someone you live with.


  1. Just get started. Some days you may not want to put in the extra effort (and being a vegan takes extra effort at this point in history). Talk yourself into just taking the first step.


  1. Make it a pleasure. Make it fun. It’s one of the greatest joys in life to exercise this kind of control and compassion over how and what you eat.


  1. Give it time, be patient. If you aren’t always perfect, forgive yourself and keep trying.


  1. Break it into smaller, mini goals. Learn how to cook 3 recipes by X date. Stock your pantry with these ingredients this week, then those ingredients next week.


  1. Reward yourself. Often. Vegan ice cream. New wok. Bamboo skewers for delicious vegan kabobs. Whatever motivates you. This is part of making it a pleasure.


  1. Find inspiration, on a daily basis. Again, vegan Facebook groups and websites. Keep reading this blog :-)


  1. Get a coach or take a class. A vegan cooking class in you area can be a lot of fun. Can’t find one? Organize and teach one.


  1. Have powerful reasons. Know your reasons. Make them emotional and powerful.


  1. Become aware of your urges to quit, and be prepared for them. Know what could stop you and be ready to overcome it.


  1. Make it a rule never to skip two days in a row. When starting a vegan diet for the first time, this can be a very powerful rule to help you stay on course.


  1. Visualize your goal clearly, on a daily basis, for at least 5-10 minutes. Think about why you want to be vegan and what it looks like, the benefits you get from it, be very specific and visual as you imagine and reflect 


  1. Keep a daily journal of your goal. One fun way to do this is take a picture of everything you eat. You can even keep a public or private Instagram of this.


  1. Create a friendly, mutually-supportive competition. See who can go vegan the longest. That’s how a very good friend of mine has stayed vegan for over a decade.


  1. Make a big public commitment. Announce it on Facebook. Tell your family and friends.


  1. Always think positive. As in anything you undertake to do in your wonderful life!