Be Adventurous—Go Vegan!

by Lauri Mackey, CHHC, Positivity Podcaster & Speaker for Women, Authoress at Lauri’s Lemonade Stand

About 10 years ago my food journey brought me to the world of veganism. I remember the scene so clearly. My hubby and I had gone to bed and were both reading. I leaned over and said, “I think I have to do this,” and he said, “I don’t think I can go there with you.”

If you’ve chosen going vegan as one of your new year’s resolutions in 2022, I want you to know you are not alone.

While I was convinced it was the next step for me, I had no idea on the “how” of it. What would I eat? What would I feed my family? I had visions of eating a ton of veggies and to be honest, I was not excited one bit by the thought.

But let’s remember together the words of leadership expert Robin Sharma when he said, “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”

The easiest way to accomplish your goal is to base it on your character and personality traits. What are you comfortable with? Are you a toe-dipper or do you have a tendency toward jumping all in head first? This will determine how to start your vegan journey and the steps to stick to your goals.

Try vegan cookbooks, go on vegan websites and hit that rabbit hole of Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. My favorite recommendation for newbie vegans is the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program that can be found at and is offered in many languages. They even have an app!

I’m happy to report that while not all of my meals were winners (some went straight from the pot into the trash bin), I got the hang of it and was making new family favorites in short order. Even my hubby got on board and joined my journey because the food tasted so good!

Whatever your goals are in 2022, I’m sending love and support out to you to with all the hope and hard work to get ‘er done. Happy New Year!