It’s so hard to say “goodbye.” Did you know that there are hundreds of ways to say it?
For many (including yours truly) it’s difficult to cut animal and animal by-product consumption totally out of their diets cold turkey. If you find yourself in that category, perhaps “easing into” the it gradually is the answer. Take baby steps to success by adopting the EP4L 8-Week Transition Challenge. It allows you to rid your diet of animals one by one, while trying new foods at the same time. If it’s not gradual enough, spend 2 weeks or even a month on a challenge. If it seems too slow for you show-offs, combine 2 weeks and go for it! If you know it will be harder to give up beef and easier to give up seafood, switch Week 1 and Week 4. You can customize this as you see fit. You know you. If you’re already a Vegetarian, click here and skip to Week 5.
Before you start, you have a homework assignment:
- Do Your Research: Be sure to read, read, read all of the Vegan-inspired articles/books you can find. You’ll need the ammunition to get and keep you motivated. Be sure to also read each week before starting so you can map out your game plan.
- Plan, Plan, Plan for the Next Challenge: For example, if it’s the middle of week 2 and you know that week 4 asks you to give up sea creatures, eat that Salmon you have stored in the freezer before Week 4 begins. If you are still preparing food for omnivores in your household, this does not apply of course.
- Timing is Everything: Don’t go setting yourself up for failure by starting this challenge during the Thanksgiving holiday season or during a vacation. You don’t need the drama of debating if you should have just a smidgen of that turkey in the middle of Week 2 (when turkey is off the menu for good).
- Clear the Pantry of Your Triggers: Rid yourself of those temptations that might cause you to backslide. Try replacing them with Vegan-friendly snacks. If a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos is your kryptonite, toss it and replace it with Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos or similar Vegan product.
- Spread the Word: Let those closest to you know what you’re doing. It not only keeps you accountable, it also serves as a warning that they should not be suggesting that the two of you go to the Pork-belly Festival on Saturday.
Now that you’ve done your homework, press play, and get click here to get started with Week 1.