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It's Easy Being VeganGo Vegan Step-By-Step, Part 4

In this series on going vegan, we are learning about change. So far in covering the Transtheoretical Model of Change, we have discussed pre-contemplation (ignorance), contemplation (waking up) and preparation. The next step in this change theory is:

Action: This is the stage where the person starts behaving differently—taking specific actions to modify a specific behavior (and possibly building a new habit).

Example: On January 1, 2005, I stopped buying products made from animals—as much as possible. (Full disclosure: I have three cats and they are not vegan.) In terms of food, I finished up any animal products that were in my pantry or refrigerator. I did not throw food out. By March of that year, my kitchen was vegan.

I also stopped buying clothing, shoes and accessories made from animals. I continued to wear what I had even if it wasn’t vegan. Over time, I donated my clothing, shoes and accessories that were made from animal products including leather, wool and down. I have never bought fur and I didn’t have any clothes made from silk.

Not everyone is ready to remove all animal products from their life all at once. In this series, I’m going to take you through a process of removing animal products over time. But first, we will finish up the learning about the process of change.

To be continued

Need to catch up? Read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 now.