Change: Working through the transition period and emerging into an exciting future!
Right now, I am in a period of transition in my life. So many things are changing all at once, and it has been overwhelming at times. I moved to a new city, and got a new apartment, a new housemate, and a new job. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s all very exciting! I love my new job, and my new housemate, and where I am living. These are all good things!! But still, it is a lot of change and a lot of newness being thrown into my life all at the same time, and there is a lot to process and grow accustomed to.
One thing that isn’t changing, though, is my plant-strong lifestyle. I still eat, breathe, and live plant-strong—that is an irrevocable constant in my life. However, this transitional time made me think of how what I am going through is very similar to what many people experience when they first begin to change their diet.
At my new job, there are standards of procedure that I am unfamiliar with, tasks I’m not used to doing, and skills I need to develop. I’m doing my best to do everything as efficiently, and as high-quality, as possible, but I have not yet settled in to the point of full familiarity and comfort. As with many things, there is a learning curve, and I am very much looking forward to being past it. In the meantime, however, I am fortunate to have very kind, supportive co-workers who are willing to help facilitate my learning process and offer guidance when I need it. With time, I will learn the ins and outs of my job, and juggling all of the tasks will become second-nature. I am determined to serve the position well, and I am looking forward to reaching a point where I feel settled and confident.
In the same way, many people transitioning to a plant-based diet find themselves in foreign territory where they aren’t completely sure how to navigate. Many of the necessary tasks (such as grocery shopping or cooking) are ones that they are already familiar with, but not in the new context. People may feel overwhelmed as they walk through the grocery store aisles checking label after label and wondering which ingredients to avoid, or as they dice up onions and wonder how they are possibly going to sauté them without oil. Thankfully, just as I have coworkers to look to for guidance, Engine 2 offers lots of resources and help to those who ask. The website is full of helpful information, and the Engine 2 Extra online community offers personal coaching as well as connections to others who have been, or are still, in the same situation. And beyond Engine 2, there are also lots of great resources from organizations like Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and countless books and documentaries. In time, eating a plant-strong diet will become integrated into your life, and you don’t have to think twice about what to buy at the grocery store or order at a restaurant. Recipes with cheese will no longer tempt you, olive oil will seem unnecessary, and you may even mentor others as they are inspired by your lifestyle changes and want to join the plant-strong parade as well.
Everyone has to go through a period of transition when they are experiencing change, and this is especially true when it comes to things like diet and lifestyle. But though it can be overwhelming at times, it is leading to a better, brighter, healthier, and happier future. Making the switch to a plant-strong diet is worth the effort. Just as I am excited about my new job, so should E2 newbies be excited about their new lifestyle. Plant-strong living brings a wealth of benefits to improve your life. It is worth it, and YOU are worth it.
So, if you’re in the transition period, don’t give up!! You can do it Don’t be afraid of mistakes, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn and grow—you’ll be so happy that you did.
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2014 bring you lots of adventure, love, sunshine, positive change, and, of course, plants!
Hugs, Happies, Healthies,