If you’re new to veganism, give yourself time to learn, and don’t beat yourself up for making honest mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes – sometimes big mistakes – in the first six months or year of being vegan.
But make sure you take the time to learn about the hidden animal ingredients in many foods that you might think are vegan. After the initial time it takes to get adjusted to your new way of living, you will develop your own knowledge base, routines, and rules of thumb that will make shopping much easier.
The commitment to living the vegan ideal brings with it a truly new year, along with new possibilities, opportunities for creativity, and the new lease on life that comes from doing something that you know is right. The joy you discover along the way will serve as a constant affirmation of the reasons that you are doing it in the first place – to live in accordance with your values of justice, harmony, empathy, courage, and nonviolence.
with Dan Cudahy