3.) Research the location – See what health-food stores are available in the area. You may be surprised at what you find. I was amazed at what options were available in Arizona. They seem to have caught on to the “health movement” a little quicker than my home state of North Carolina. With choices like Healthy Habit Health Foods, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Sprouts Farmers Market, I felt right at home. Perhaps, better than home. I headed for the produce aisle and loaded up on my favorite snacks to keep handy.
|Chimichanga @ Poco Vegan Restaurant|
4.) Keep in touch with your local supporters – Being around meat-eaters for any length of time can make you feel alone. You may feel like the black sheep of the bunch. You may even start to question your eating habits. Worst-case, you start to slip back into old eating patterns. Calling and reaching out to your vegan friends (VFFs) back home can strengthen your passion for vegan living. With Facebook, we can “check-in” at restaurants and post pictures of what we are eating. While your friends and family may not be excited about your food choices, your supporters will be. They will cheer you on from a distance. If you begin feeling frustrated, don’t take it out on the ones around you. Call a VFF to talk it out with. They understand you.
Remember to keep it simple and continue your journey towards love, health, and freedom. What we do for ourselves today, counts in all our tomorrows.