Giving up the pleasure of good food is what scares most people who don't want to hear about a vegan diet. So this is what I would like to focus on, rather than the ethical, social and environmental benefits that such a diet would bring on a global scale, about which there is already enough material on the web. I don't mean that changing eating habits is a breeze. But like all things, you have to want it. And the hardest step is to make the conscious decision, not to put it into practice. In the past I ate meat and I was crazy for fish. I deliberately did not inquire about the global impact of a diet like mine and the pain suffered by the animals that ended up on my table, because I did not want to feel called into question. I didn't want to feel guilty or wrong. This therefore applies to anyone who is reading and is now beginning to feel uncomfortable: I've been through it too! I think almost all the vegans in the world have been there, more or less.
The world shouldn't revolve around us humans. Our enjoyment at the table should not justify the suffering of billions of living beings. Yet it does. Nor should it always be others who make an effort and give up something to improve society. With this term, we return to one of the most recurring arguments when it comes to vegan diet: giving up. I would like to emphasize that I feel that I am not giving up anything. I would like to know if it also applies to other vegans who read. I don't have the feeling of giving up taste, enjoyment. The key is habit and one of the advantages of our species is that we are good at quickly getting used to new situations! In 2016 I took a first step, I became a vegetarian, because I stumbled upon a video that shocked me (which I had avoided for years precisely because I preferred to ignore!). I was not very convinced, I said to myself "ok come on, I'll try, let's see how it goes". It worked though. Have I had a craving for meat every now and then? Yes. Then it passes.
I'll reveal my trick, maybe it can be used by someone who wants to try becoming a vegetarian or vegan. Tell the people around you! Not to cause a stir, but just to inform them that you are making a change. And above all to make sure you find yourself in a similar situation as soon as possible: When you are in a restaurant with friends who suddenly know that you are now vegan/vegetarian, trust me, it is much more difficult to order a steak, even if the whole place smells of delicious grilled meat! Would you like to immediately lose face like this, in front of your friends? They wouldn't take you seriously anymore. Having made this first sacrifice, the road is then downhill, because without you even noticing it you realize after a short time that vegetables, legumes, spices, and yes even tofu, know how to be so delicious that you no longer feel the lack of meat!