Plant-Based Pause No 17: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.

‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ‘ – Robert F. Kennedy

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As the old adage goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And while we’re talking in clichés, here’s another one – nobody’s perfect. With the best will in the world, no matter how committed you are to living a plant-based lifestyle and doing the right thing, even the best of us slip up at times. At the age of fourteen, when I turned vegetarian for good, I accidentally ate a scotch egg because it didn’t occur to me that it contained sausage meat.

Making a radical change in your life such as converting to a plant-based diet isn’t easy, especially when it goes against everything you’ve ever been taught about the world and what most other people believe. Like I did, you might slip up and eat something you vowed never to again. Or, you might just one day find yourself somewhere with no plant-based options available and no pre-prepared snacks to hand, and think ‘screw it, I’ll just eat the cheese omelette’. If, or when, it happens, my advice it to deal with it, learn from the experience and move on. Kicking yourself afterwards only makes you weaker for the next challenge. I don’t live a completely plant-based, carbon-neutral life, but I do the best that I can in the modern world that I live.

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2 Replies to “Plant-Based Pause No 17: Don’t Beat Yourself Up”

  1. Great post, I definitely agree. So many people beat themselves up after a little slip up, and end up giving up completely.

    Instead, don’t judge yourself. Treat yourself like you would a friend, and just do the best you can.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. I’ve done it myself so many times, although nowadays I try to give myself a break. I really like your advice to treat yourself like you would a friend. Thanks for joining the conversation and for the great comments 🙂

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