My oldest daughter and I went vegan for a week last week. We have dabbled with vegan and vegetarian eating over the years. My longest stint was about 4 years as a mostly vegetarian before my twins were born. I ate some fish and animal products, but no other meat. There are many reasons that I lean toward a vegan diet; the health benefits, less cruelty to animals and less of an impact on our planet. It seems like a no brainer. but I have often crashed and burned when I attempt to go vegan. This time I decided to lean into it and just do the best I could and I ended up eating 95% vegan and totally vegetarian without too much struggle. My daughter was much more strict with herself and ended up in tears by our last day.
Our family travels a good bit and eats out more than most, plus my husband is firmly in the meat-eater camp, so sometimes we are limited in our choices. I don’t want to make up a story about how it is hard for us to be vegan because of these situations. I know it can get easier. I’ve done this before.
How I found my feel-good about recycling:
I try to love my planet and everyone on it and it doesn’t feel good to me to approach taking care of our planet from a place of fear, so I approach it from a place of love. For a long time I wanted to recycle. I started collecting and sorting recyclable objects, but I would rarely take them to the recycle center and my husband would get frustrated by the mess and dump them in the trash. It was becoming a source of contention. I always committed to taking the items more often, but it didn’t happen. I decided that not recycling was better than feeling bad about trying to recycle.
I let go of actually recycling and just took the time to build up good thoughts about recycling and noticed other’s who were doing it well. I decided to do any little, easy step I could without setting myself up for failure. I used reusable grocery bags and I was careful about recycling in restaurants, etc. Then I decided to ask myself some magic questions to get my subconscious working on goal.
One of my favorite alchemical processes is asking magic questions. Magic Questions are questions that you don’t necessarily need to answer but they give you subconscious something positive to focus on and often the answers seem to show up as if by magic.
Some magic questions I asked myself about recycling:
What if recycling became simple?
What if I didn’t have to sort it and haul it to the recycling center?
What if I paid someone else to recycle for me?
What if it were as easy as taking out the trash?
Shortly after I started asking myself these questions and attempting to feel better about the subject of recycling, our town implemented a recycling program. All I had to do was go down to the city hall and purchase a special trash can for $25 and put all of my recyclable items in it and put it out with our regular trash pick up and that was it. I love it! I enjoy playing the game of trying to make sure that our recyclable can is fuller than my regular can and some weeks it’s twice as full. Our garage is no longer littered with items waiting to be recycled plus our city makes money on the program that benefits the people who live in our city. Double Win!
I’ve decided to implement this strategy with healthier eating. I’ll share some of the questions I’m asking myself to give you a model for using it for any subject that you don’t feel like you have all the answers to. Magic Questions can lead you to finding your own feel good, which often leads to tangible results.
Magic Questions to Find Your Feel Good about Vegan Eating:
What if more restaurants started to serve vegan foods?
What if my favorite restaurants decided to add a vegan section to their menus?
What if new ways of getting meat for meat-eaters were found that were better for our planet?
What if more people ate vegan?
What if I decided to enjoy eating in the best way available to me now?
What if being thankful for my food now leads to better options later?
What if I could affect the vibration of my food before I eat it?
What if an easy option for eating vegan appeared?
What if I trusted that the perfect food is always available to me?
What if meat eaters are right about their needs? What if vegans are also right about their needs? What if there are many different diets that work best for different people? What if we could meet everybody’s needs in a way that not only didn’t harm but helped our planet?
What if I can find easy ways to “lean into” veganism, such as eating vegan at home, but choosing the best feeling option available while traveling?
What if all kinds of food can benefit my body?
What if I let food choices be easy?
For now I’m “leaning” into vegan eating and focusing on choosing my best feeling option at the time. I don’t personally like to have rules and one of the rules I posted in the past about eating is that I only I eat things I like. I’ve found that I tend to eat “better” anyway If I’m not resisting a list of rules about how I should eat.
If you have any changes you are trying to make that feel difficult, I recommend taking the little steps you can right now and focus on what feels good about the situation now. Then, ask yourself some magic questions to get your subconscious working on it for you. Set intentions that you will find fun, easy solutions. Relax and let them come to you.
I’d love to know if you have methods for dealing with a situation that you don’t have an easy answer to yet or any other comments you may have.