Try New Restaurants

It’s Easy Being Vegan Step-by-Step

It's Easy Being VeganStep 16: Try New Restaurants

Start adding in vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

True story: The Chicago Diner is a vegetarian institution. It’s been around for ages. It’s slogan: Meat free since ’83. When vegetarians and vegans come to Chicago, this is THE place to eat in the windy city. As a vegetarian, I lived near the Chicago Diner for six years and only ate their once. How stupid is that! Why? I was really resistant to the lifestyle even as I lived it. I never wanted to be different or weird, so I tried to fit in and be as “normal” as everyone else.

It wasn’t until I was vegan and having brunch with a couple of friends that I understood why. I was raised to fit in and not be different. What an “aha” moment that was. I’m 44 years old and still don’t like being different, but I am learning to be myself. It takes time to change. Be willing to evolve is the first step, then we must allow ourselves to change at our own pace.

Check out Happy Cow and Veg Guide to find restaurants near you.