Having been vegan so long, I think I’m easily past the willpower stage.
I say willpower because the topic came up in one of the Vegan Groups I belong to on Facebook.
I agree that in the beginning, it took a certain amount of willpower to not eat fried chicken, or barbecued pork, or even some seafood sushi.
But once you get past a certain stage during one’s vegan progression, there’s really no need for willpower, and if you also are vegan because of the non-killing of sentient beings, namely the animals, then it’s easy to forego the willpower.
Just watch a vegan documentary like Earthlings, and it could just change you forever.
Like anything in Life, getting into good habits will take a certain amount of discipline, even if you already vegan… like, eating a super healthy vegan diet… I mean, one could be vegan and eat Beyond Burgers, fake fish fillets, potato chips and coke all day. These are vegan but vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy.
So, in the grand scheme of things, once going vegan, it takes discipline to get to the next level, and then the next level, and so on.
For me, it’s eating Beyond Burgers once-in-a-while, and focusing on an organic, whole foods, vegan diet. And in addition to that, focusing on a high carb, low fat vegan diet. I personally call it a macrobiotic vegan diet.
And there are lots of deep fried vegan foods, like french fries, which takes discipline to stay away from, which I’m trying to do right now, since I’m trying to avoid all deep fried foods.
And it takes discipline to maintain one’s Cronometer account on a day-to-day basis (I’ll talk more about Cronometer in a later post), basically because it takes dedication to commit to the task.
Anyway, we are works in progress. We need to forgive ourselves when we falter, yet still keep our focus on the goals we need to attain.