We’re taking it back to the basics in this episode of The Vegan Life Coach Podcast!
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If you, or someone you know, are working on making the transition to not only a vegan lifestyle but a HEALTHY vegan lifestyle, you will discover some powerful strategies that lead to true transformation in episode 52!
1. Knowledge of nutrition
To make conscious choices, you need to know the basics; why eating plant-based, plant-exclusive, whole foods is so important. It has all the benefits of how it affects you, your body, your health, short-term for energy and long term for the quality of life and slowing down the aging process. But this is the easiest part.
Some people interrupt their transition to vegan because they say they aren’t healthy. But what were they putting in their body? This is where the basic knowledge of nutrition is so important.
At one time, there was little information on plant-based nutrition available in the mainstream. Now there is so much information out there it’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed
We have a course in plant-based nutrition we offer to our Vegan Life Coach Academy members that breaks it down, simplifies it, and makes it very clear. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is another great resource.
2. Knowledge of your values and acting in alignment with them
Being clear on your values is important when it comes to adopting a healthy vegan lifestyle. The word “vegan” is defined in large part as a way of living that is in alignment with the value of compassion for animals, avoiding the exploitation of animals, and spreading love to all beings on this earth.
Getting clear on your”why” can be instrumental in helping you stick with your commitments. Instead of eating and making purchases impulsively, or out of habit, reminding yourself of your “why” can help you make conscious choices that serve you and are aligned with your values.
When you live in line with your values, you get to CHOOSE who you are and how you want to move through the world, which is an empowering way to live.
We coach you to coach yourself in this podcast, and through our programming, because THAT is true empowerment
3. Discovering how to put into practice steps 1 and 2 in a really sustainable way
“Discovering” is a great word here. Figuring out how to own your power and live a healthy vegan lifestyle is a process. We’ve got to let go of perfectionism.
Some people make the switch to veganism quickly and with ease, while others find success with a more gradual approach. Simply going gangbusters doesn’t work for everybody. So, that whole idea of progress, not perfection, is really important.
One of the main reasons people worry about their ability to go vegan is the misconception that being vegan takes up a lot of time. It can, but it doesn’t have to. That’s one of the things we teach with our “Meal Mapping” episode and what I call “F*it Recipes.” The goal is to get to the place where you keep your kitchen stocked with staples, knowing you can quickly throw ingredients together without hardly thinking, and knowing the meal or snack is going to be healthy and delicious
4. Developing self-love and respect for your body and yourself
Self-Love is what’s needed to make those conscious choices consistently and prevent self-sabotage. All the knowledge in the world is useless if you don’t have control over your own decisions.
When you choose the chips over the apple, for example, knowing that the apple would give you the energy you need and fill your body with nutrition, and then you beat yourself up about your choice, you get stuck in an endless cycle of self-sabotage. Not to say you always have to choose the healthiest option, but when you make the unhealthy choice out of programming, or to escape from your emotions, then there’s a deeper issue to address.
5. Getting in tune with your body
Our bodies are brilliant. Our bodies know we need. We just learn to ignore our bodies and trust other people to tell us what, when, and how much to eat. When we follow someone else’s plan, we ignore our body’s signals and rely on numbers, macro counts, and calories. It’s an exhausting way to live.
We must first discover how to get back in tune with our bodies, keeping in mind that we must first overcome food addictions… Dairy and sugar being two common addictions.
There are some caveats here we need to take into consideration.
Learning to listen to our bodies, and get away from counting and tracking can be very scary. When Valerie came on board our coaching program, for example, she had lost 100 pounds through very strict dieting, strict macro counting, which she was able to follow for a very long time. She didn’t want to have to live that way anymore. She came to us not because she wanted to lose weight but because she wanted to stop counting, and she was terrified of gaining the weight back.
Valerie joined our Program, trusted the process, and she is now gone two years without counting, getting on the scales, or stressing about food, Food is finally an enjoyable part of her life, and she has not gained ANY of the weight back. She’s feeling and looking better than ever!
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