In this series on going vegan, we are first learning about change. So far in covering the Transtheoretical Model of Change, we have discussed pre-contemplation (ignorance), contemplation (waking up), preparation and action. The next step in this change theory is:
Maintenance: The individual works to sustain a particular behavior while guarding against a relapse.
Example: As of January 1, 2013, I celebrated eight years of living vegan. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m not tempted to eat any animal products, including cheese which was the most difficult food for me to remove from my diet. I also no longer find any allure in buying leather shoes, wool sweaters, etc. I’m very interested in finding vegan products that are well made, although lately I’m more interested in buying less “stuff” in general, so the exploding vegan market is not as interesting to me at this time of my life. Who knows if that will change in the future. Although I’m not perfect at being vegan and have made mistakes, I’m happy with this lifestyle and envision my commitment will only deepen over the years.
To be continued