A few weeks ago while visiting my son for his commencement ceremony in Amherst, Massachusetts, my daughter, Ruchi, and I decided to go vegan.
I made a big switch a couple of years ago after watching the movie, GameChangers (which I recommend – it focuses on world-class athletes who are vegan). I stopped eating beef, pork, lamb, and goat then. But, I couldn’t give up a few foods I was really wedded to, notably half-and-half and eggs. I continued to eat seafood, too, and a little bit of chicken.
But, while in Amherst we read an article, the details of which I won’t share, that focused on factory farming. That pushed us over the edge. But, I still had to deal with my #1 issue, half-and-half. I made that the sole focus of my intention. I did not take on veganism. I took on only half-and-half. 🙂
My son got me started on oat milk and that did the trick. Then, the next obstacle, I often crave meat. I grew up in Texas where meat was served more 14-21 x a week if you include all three meals per day. Meat has been my staple and I love the taste. So, I took that on next. I was able to get the satisfaction I was looking for from tofu steaks, baked in the oven with tamari and tahini.
Next, it was nutrition. So, I found a great book considered the bible by many, Becoming Vegan. It answered all my questions and continues to answer them.
Now, I am not here to tell you to go vegan. Nor am I here to sing the praises of oat milk and tofu steaks. Instead, I want to share my template for making a big switch: focus on the very next step only, the current obstacle for you personally. Whether reading more books, going to the gym, getting into the outdoors, or performing better at work, this method has served me well.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu