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