Transition Help: How to Say No to Food Barriers!
Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is quite a challenge for most of us as it requires a lot of dedication and commitment to make things done. Possibly, or should I say most of the time, our mind will keep on popping questions like “where do I start?” or “how will I start?” or even as simple as “can I make it through?” These questions are very common to all of vegan newbies. The IDEA of going through a big lifestyle change is a lot scarier than the ACTUAL lifestyle change. Here’s my thing. If you focus too much on the idea, you will go nowhere in this journey. But, if you will focus on implementing one change at a time, it will feel natural as days pass by. It is quite important for you to understand that each path to veganism is individually unique. Therefore, you need to go at your own pace and find the right method that works best for you. Thus, you have to tailor fit and structure your own process to make your lifestyle change a successful one. But one question will strike you deep! That is, “what shall I do when cravings hit me hard?” Don’t worry if you are sentimental about giving up your favorite food. We all have our guilty pleasures. That’s not a new story in veganism. Even I have, not just one but, a wide list of foods which I find hard to give up. I’m used to it. It’s been my best buddy for many years! But, if you will seal your desires to become vegan, you need a lot of preparations to do so that you will not end up losing the battle in the end. The methods that we will reveal to you in this page are extremely effective in dealing with our so-called “barrier foods”.
Learn as much as you can
The best way to start your transition and say no to your guilty pleasures is to start familiarizing yourself with the way it is produced. Try to learn everything including the process and its material or ingredients used. Learn the ins and outs of how your barrier food is produced. Oftentimes, what you will learn in the process will be enough to turn you off and never look back.
Cut out all barrier foods at once and wait for the cravings to subside
Based on numerous studies, food cravings will usually take some weeks to subside. That is why it is highly recommended to cut out all your barrier foods at once and wait for the time when it fades naturally in your system. You can also use this moment to slowly introduce vegan alternatives to ease your hunger. Many vegans realized that the longer time their cravings subside, the easier it become for vegan substitutes to go deep in their system and satisfy their cravings. You don’t have to rush things out. We have to be clear that changing your lifestyle, especially with the foods you take in, is never a rush! I am not saying that this needs to be quick. Do not worry about taking too much time. Embracing a new lifestyle can take some time for some people and maybe for you too. Little by little, slowly but surely, it’s all up to you. Make it piece by piece and bits by bits until such time that the flavour will grow in you and that you will never look for any flavour other than that.
Do some trial and error
As you have your transition in becoming a full pledged vegan, find products that suit your taste and try to innovate them into a new, vegan friendly produce. Or, you can explore a new cuisine into your liking and learn to prepare it yourself. You can also apply this strategy to your barrier food. Maybe you can do something to transform it into a vegan friendly dish. Do not be afraid to fail one or two times in a row. Do some trial and error. Be creative and do some work in your kitchen table. Who knows! You might be surprised with your hidden kitchen skills afterwards.
Leave your barrier foods at the end of the transition
If you still think that leaving all these barrier foods seems to be out of reach and that your full commitment will be compromised in the process, I encourage you to JUST start the process and leave that food until the end of the transition. Create a plan in eliminating them in your system in a very slow and controlled manner for some weeks or even months. As what I’ve said earlier, take them in your own pace. But, keep the commitment intact. By doing this, you might realize that removing these stuffs from your diet is a lot easier than you thought it would be.