If you’ve been venturing around the online vegan community for a while, there’s a good chance Kalel has popped up. The 28-year-old has been promoting the vegan lifestyle for what seems like forever on YouTube, and her videos — filled with fun and positivity — have convinced many women to give up animal products for good.
Maybe you’ve been interested in veganism for a few months, or even a few days. But either way, sometimes the hardest part is simply doing it. When we caught up with Kalel and asked her for some advice for anyone who’s struggling with going vegan, she couldn’t have had a better answer.
“My best advice for someone struggling with becoming vegan would be this: It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Do the best you can for now and slowly transition. It’s a journey,” she told EAT + MOOVE. “The vegan community tends to spread this militant message that you’re not allowed to eat or use anything that may have some relation to animal cruelty, otherwise you’re not a real vegan. But to me, veganism is about simply striving to do less harm to animals and being an advocate for a kinder future. It’s not about being perfect.”
And she’s right: There unfortunately is a lot of hate out there in the vegan world, which is pretty sad considering becoming a vegan is one of the most loving things you can possibly do, for the animals, the world, and yourself. But if you come across the hate before you come across the love, of course it’s going to be harder to take on the new lifestyle: you feel like you’re not going to do it right, so there’s no point in even trying.
When you decide to make the switch (go you!), just reminder Kalel’s wise words: veganism is a process, and you don’t have to do it overnight. Make small goals each day — whether that’s first ditching meat, then cheese, then milk, etc. — and eventually you’ll get there. And if you’re stuck wondering what to eat, do as I do: Watch a video.