One of the best things I love about being a vegetarian and then a vegan is, to use Mary J. Blige's words, “No More Drama!” Drama in the form of stomach pains and stomach illnesses associated with meat and dairy. In addition, I am rarely sick to the point where I have not had a cold, flu, or any type of seasonal viruses for over a year. I have received questions or statements from newbie vegetarians or vegans that sometimes they find it hard to maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and tend to waver back and forth from vegetarian/vegan to carnivore life. I was also in those shoes of wavering between a vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyle until I learned and realized to count the positives of living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. No more Drama of wavering between vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyles, and the pains and upset stomachs that accompanied going back to eating meat. I came up with a pros and cons column: a No More Drama List. I wrote down the pros and cons of leading a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and a separate list of the pros and cons of leading a carnivore lifestyle. My pros for vegetarian/vegan outweighed the cons of which there was just none. The carnivore list had more cons than pros, and the pros were more of what I thought I missed such as cheese as a vegan. These lists became my motivation to stick to my vegetarian and subsequent vegan lifestyle. I will not lie…ever so often I might crave cheese but then my list of positives that I carry with me in my head or revert to on paper, reminds me of the positives of this lifestyle choice without stomach issues. I am reminded through my list of positives of how healthy and energetic I am without the Drama. For the newbies and veterans of vegetarianism or veganism (because there are vegetarianisms and vegans that revert back to meat after years of leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle), try a list of pros and cons for motivation. You will also find that your list of pros for leading this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle outweighs the cons. For motivation, keep the list on your refrigerator, in your purse, in your car, at work, or ingrained in your memory. A list of accentuating the positives will keep you focused, on tract, motivated, and exhilarated to lead this wonderful vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Helpful ideas to keep you motivated and focused:
- Make your own list of pros and cons.
- Locate a sole item on your list of positives that is that #1 item of why you became a vegetarian or vegan. Make that sole item your daily mantra to stay focused, but continue to revert back to the entire list when needed.
- How can you celebrate the positives in your life since you became a vegetarian or vegan (i.e. treat yourself to a massage, a new outfit, new book, yarn, etc) ?
- Join a vegetarian or vegan support group to surround yourself with positive influences.