In How to Become Vegan, New York Times bestselling author Steve Pavlina explains the long-term benefits he's experienced over the last 18 years of leading a vegan lifestyle — not only the physical advantages, but the mental clarity and the incredible boost in energy that happened once he managed to go vegan past 30 days.
Chapter 1: How to Transition to Vegan Foods
Chapter 2: Increasing Your Food Intelligence
Chapter 3: Restoring Conscious Choice
Chapter 4: Eat Vegan on a Budget
Chapter 5: Eat Vegan While Traveling
Chapter 6: Be Unapologetically Vegan
Chapter 7: Legal Discrimination
Chapter 8: Eating Vegan Is Just the Beginning
Chapter 9: Honour Your True Feelings
Chapter 10: Dealing with Animal Eaters
Chapter 11: Vegan Romance
Chapter 12: Go Fully Vegan
Chapter 13: Create Your Own Vegan Rituals
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Be Unapologetically Vegan
New vegans are often pretty socially timid when it comes to getting their needs met. Some of them act like they should apologize for inconveniencing other people, as if it’s an unfair burden to help someone who doesn’t want to slaughter animals for food.
I suggest you dump that attitude. Being vegan is awesome. You need never apologize for it. By going vegan, you’ve made a decision that’s all around better for everyone. Have no doubt about that.
Don't buy into the brainwashing that tells you you’re a high-maintenance social outcast. Don’t marginalize yourself. You’ve made an intelligent choice. You’re not a social outcast. You’re a leader. Act like one.
Many vegans adopt the mindset that being vegan puts them on the fringes of society. The thinking is that when you go vegan, you’re no longer a mainstream person. You’re weird, different, and unusual. You’re not like everyone else.
If you’ve bought into that kind of thinking, you’ve inadvertently swallowed some propaganda from the animal products industries. They devote part of their marketing budgets, both directly and through trade associations, to encourage people to marginalize vegans in this way. Why? Because veganism is a threat to their profits. So they manipulate social pressures to try to prevent more people from wanting to go that route.
It’s unfortunate that vegans buy into this kind of thinking too. I’ve certainly fallen for it at times.
Instead of seeing yourself as an outcast, get aligned with the truth. By going vegan you’ve made serious progress in improving your lifestyle, not just for your own benefit but for the benefit of animals, other people, and the world as a whole. This isn’t outcast behavior. This is leadership, plain and simple.
By graduating to veganism, you’ve put yourself at the top of the human pyramid in terms of alignment with intelligent, ethics, and conscious growth. Feel good about what you’ve accomplished, and keep learning, growing, and improving.
This isn’t a mindset that stems from arrogance or conceit. It stems from caring. Isn’t it obvious that as a vegan, you’re behaving in a more caring and compassionate way towards the planet? It’s it obvious that the world would be greatly improved if more people followed suit? Let the obviousness of that sink in.
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About the Author
Steve Pavlina is widely recognized as one of the most successful personal development bloggers on the Internet, with his work attracting more than 100 million visits to his website, StevePavlina.com. He has written more than 1300 articles and recorded many audio programs on a broad range of self-help topics, including productivity, relationships, and spirituality. Steve has been quoted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, the Los Angeles Daily News, Self Magazine, The Guardian, and countless other publications. He's also a frequent guest on popular podcasts and radio shows. Steve's passionate pursuit of personal growth began while sitting in a jail cell. Arrested for felony grand theft at age 19 and expelled from school, the full weight of responsibility for his life came crashing down upon him. In an attempt to overcome his out-of-control kleptomania addiction, he decided the best course of action was to go to work on himself. Since then Steve has become one of the most intensely growth-oriented individuals you'll ever know. While studying time management techniques, he earned college degrees in computer science and mathematics in only three semesters. In later years he founded a successful software company, developed award-winning computer games, ran the Los Angeles Marathon, trained in martial arts, and adopted a vegan diet. Steve has a reputation for conducting unusual growth experiments, such as his polyphasic sleep trial, during which he slept only two hours per day for five and a half months, publicly documenting his results each step of the way. By giving away his best ideas for free, Steve created one of the most popular personal development websites in the world without spending a dime on marketing or promotion. Steve currently lives in Las Vegas and travels often. Steve's purpose in life is: to live consciously and courageously; to enjoy, increase, and share peace, energy, passion, and abundance; to resonate with love and compassion; to awaken the great spirits within all of us; and to fully embrace this present moment.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Humorous and easy to digest info for this brand new vegan. I feel encouraged, uplifted and optimistic that I can be a successful vegan and make my Mother Earth proud of me!
amazing ideas and tips! I will now beome a vegan after readin this book!!!