Just like anyone else going through a lifestyle change I catch myself from time to time super unmotivated about my vegan lifestyle and have to fight the urge to not drive to the nearest fast food restaurant and order a big juicy burger. Burgers were my favorite “cheat” meals to indulge in on a sunny Sunday afternoon, back in my non-vegan days. So when my thoughts begin to fall off the green vegan path, I quickly remind myself of why I decided to go vegan and say a few affirmations to myself. I want to share with you these affirmations to use when you need a bit of motivation or a new way of thinking. Affirmations are positive, specific statements that help you overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you’re affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life. Lets dive in to better thinking!
*When theres no vegan options in a restaurant*
Just recently I went to a restaurant with a friend that swore by the food and said that there was a few vegan options I could try. Trusting their judgment I went along, and sure enough there wasn’t anything made “vegan”. I kindly asked the server if I could modify a meal as I made it clear what a vegan meal consisted of, she was very helpful and I was able to eat a nice meal. I usually have the habit of researching whatever restaurant I go to ahead of time, looking at their menu and being ready to order when I’m there. However, there will be situations when that can’t be the case and instead of being easily discouraged one can say the following affirmations.
If feeling like a bother, instead say…
- “I am a kind and thoughtful person, and being vegan proves that.”
- “I am not a bother, I am doing my duty as a human to care for my world”
- “I am a respectful being, I care for my body and the world therefore, I will not pollute either with negative thoughts or food.”
*When someone says something rude*
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve gotten snarky comments from people such as “oh you must eat pigeon food” or “aren’t you afraid of malnutrition?”. Please do not let these comments discourage you or influence you into thinking that your vegan eating is causing any harm to you. While making sure that you are getting all of your needed nutrients in daily it is equally important to take care of your mental health. So when these negative comments are getting the best of you say the following affirmations.
- “Their perception of me is a representation of them, how I choose to react is an awareness of me”
- “I care for my health on a daily basis, and I feel amazing!”
- “I nourish my body with positive foods, positive thoughts, and surround myself with positive uplifting people.”
*When you try nasty vegan food*
It can be really upsetting when you visit a vegan restaurant and find that their food is not pleasing. This negative experience can spiral down to negative thoughts such as “ugh it would be much easier to just not be vegan”, “theres more good non-vegan food” etc., so instead of going down that road say the following affirmations to stay committed to the vegan lifestyle:
- “This restaurant is not a representation of all vegan food.”
- “Just like all other restaurants, its a hit or miss… not everyone has the same taste buds”
- “Its nice that this restaurant took on the challenge of being vegan, I give them an A for effort.”
- “I will take this dish, and challenge myself to make it better at home.”
- “This restaurant gave me the opportunity to know what I like and don’t like.”
- “Not all food I try will be great, so I will not be easily upset by a bad meal.”
*When theres no vegan restaurant open*
Sure they’ll be lots of times when you just don’t feel like cooking at home and would like to have something fast to eat. For example, I read a story of a guy who was drunk outside of a club and gave in to the street hot dogs. The lady at the stand recalls the guy later crying because he hadn’t ate meat in eight years. I’ve came across countless amount of nights when I was trying to get a late night bite to eat but my only options were street food, fast food drive thru’s, and convenience store food. It’s not the same when you have to make your own creative conjunction of ingredients and your friends are chomping down great looking food. For me, this made me feel like an outcast…however a friend made me think of it in a new light…they said “Hey, thats the beauty of it, you don’t have the option to eat bad food at two in the morning and feel guilty about it in the morning!” So when you are down about not having many options say the following affirmations..
- “I am blessed to practice my self control”
- “I control my food intake, food does not control me”
- “I eat only healthy foods before bed”
*When at a family gathering*
I am blessed to have a supportive family. However, that is not the case for many people. I’ve read many stories of people going to family gatherings where they are made fun of and bombarded with questions and criticism. While sometimes this is easy to brush of from strangers, or people you don’t really care for its different when it comes from people you love. So in those instances say the following affirmations:
- “I am mentally prepared to deal with any negative jokes”
- “I am prepared for all questions, and I will be respectful and kind”
- “Regardless of what happens today, I will be positive.”
- “I am having a great time”
- “I choose to be a great example of living ethically and healthy.”
- “I am a positive influence.”
- “I love everyone in this planet, therefore love rules my thoughts and actions and I will not be swayed by hateful comments.”
- “I have control over my thoughts and actions”
I hope that you found these affirmations helpful and that you will apply them during your time of need. It is important for us to be in control of our thoughts and not our thoughts being in control of us. Please comments your thoughts below, and share this with friends if you found it helpful.