Okay, okay—we may have misled you a little with that title. While we’re always supportive of people who use any reason to take the plant-based plunge, we’ve found that such a general statement—’I resolve to go vegan.’—can be easier to neglect than a more focused goal. Read on for our three suggestions for making your vegan resolution stick through 2015 and beyond.
Already vegan? Don’t stop reading! These resolutions are perfect because they help newbies learn the healthy ropes but they can also help veteran vegs refocus their commitment to the movement. We’ve got some nuggets of wisdom in there for you, too.
1. I resolve to listen to my body.
Think back to the laziest Saturday that you’ve had in a while. I’m thinking all day on the couch watching Netflix, munching on snacks with longggg ingredients lists and ending it all with a greasy burger with the works (whether meaty or veggie) a little before going to bed for the night. How did your body thank you for your lazy, unhealthy day? With bad sleep, skin breakouts, gas and a grumbly, upset stomach?
Now think back to one of your healthier days. I’m thinking getting up at 6:00 am to go on a nice, leisurely run followed by a big green smoothie and a colorful salad for lunch. How did your body thank you for that healthy, active day? A clear mind, deep sleep and a general sense of wellness?
By resolving to listen more to your body rather than to the cravings that come from years of eating unnatural foods, you’ll end up eating less meat and processed foods and more whole, straight-from-the-earth foods and snacks made from high quality ingredients. Not only will you be saving animals since the good-for-you stuff doesn’t come from harming them, but you’ll be improving your own health and well-being as well.
2. I resolve to take less.
Think back to the last five things you bought. What impact did the creation of those items have on the environment? How much waste was created from their packaging?
If your last purchase was meat or any other type of animal product, you might want to read this article from PETA on meat and the environment.
Already skip the meat? You can still lessen your environmental impact this year! Let’s use kombucha as an example. How much money would you save from making your kombucha at home? If you’re less concerned about money, how much glass and plastic from packaging would you save by not buying a new bottle of kombucha every time and instead drinking out of a reusable glass? Depends on just how bad your ‘buch habit is, but trust us that the packaging adds up!
By resolving to take less, you’re not saying you’ll quit shopping all together, just that you’ll buy consciously and make greener choices.
3. I resolve to know more.
What the heck is artificial coloring? What plant does Sodium Nitrate come from? I don’t know and you may not either but these two common food additives might be lurking in your next snack if you don’t take the time to learn more about what’s in your food by reading labels.
If you’re already vegan, you may know that just because it’s vegan doesn’t make it healthy or good for you. By resolving to know more this year, you can focus not only on making healthier food choices but healthier choices when it comes to body care products, household products and more.
What are you resolving to do this year? Share in the comments below!