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5 Ways to Explore Veganism During Lockdown

Today’s post is by contributing writer Rima Danielle Jomaa, MFT.

You’ve heard a lot about veganism and it’s piqued your interest. You might even agree with the principles of living compassionately. With your busy life, maybe you haven’t had time to explore the vegan lifestyle or to understand what vegan food entails.

Good news! Here are 5 reasons why being in lockdown is a great time to explore veganism.

1) (Somewhat) Relate to animals that are forcibly locked down all over the world

Sure, our global lockdown nowhere near compares to the imprisonment of billions of animals (for food, entertainment, fashion, medical testing or domestication) and slaughter each year, but it gives us a glimpse of what it might be like to be an animal in a cage against their will.

Many people argue that the lockdowns are unconstitutional and that our rights are being violated, yet we still have the ability to exercise, to choose our daily rituals, to go outside in some circumstances, to move freely. Can you imagine what it would be like to be locked in a cage barely bigger than yourself for years on end while someone injected you or burned you with chemicals (like in a vivisection lab)? What would it be like to be a pregnant mother (product of rape, by the way) who had to give birth in a cell only to have your babies ripped away at birth and your milk stolen from you? Just imagine being touched repeatedly and being in pain your whole life with death to be your only relief of the misery.

We can never know true freedom as humans if we don’t open the cages and free the animals. With their slavery comes ours. Whether you pay someone to imprison and kill animals to eat; visit “entertainment centers” that steal animals from the wild, abuse them and hold them hostage; wear the skins of tortured animals or you use the products that were needlessly tested on animals, now is a good time to take a good, hard look in the mirror and try to “feel” what the animals are feeling every second of their suffering in captivity.

Many of us vegans have been “feeling” that pain since the moment we “woke up” and decided to live compassionately. Being vegan doesn’t make the pain go away, it makes it much more bearable to live with ourselves for not contributing to the horrors and for trying to do better for them. We are trying to use our voices to speak for those who cannot say how much pain we are causing them.

This is a great time to hear those cries of the animals and of nature. Will you choose to listen?

 2)  Watch the MANY documentaries about veganism

Do you know where your food really comes from? Do you know what true health means? Are you dependent on medication and doctors to “heal” you but have no clue about ways to naturally heal yourself?

The time has come when we can no longer ignore the consequences of our actions and instead educate ourselves on what’s really going on in the world.

Vegan documentaries help you discover the truth (and lies) behind animal cruelty, our food culture and our health concerns in the West.

I became a vegan after popping on Earthlings in 2010 while eating a steak dinner. I had no intention of ever being vegetarian or vegan (I used to make fun of vegans). I was into “health” so someone recommended this documentary. I didn’t research it before ordering the DVD on Netflix and I sat down to what I thought would be “light dinner viewing.”

Twenty minutes in, my partner and I declared veganism and never looked back. I am so grateful for that day. My only regret was not seeing the light and becoming vegan sooner. That’s what most vegans say – we only wish we’d become vegan sooner and don’t feel like we’re missing anything (we’ve gained much more).

Find a recent and comprehensive list of Vegan Documentaries here:

3) FINALLY have time to cook and try new recipes

One of the best ways to explore veganism is to cook and experiment with delicious foods and new ingredients. This often takes time and research – two things that can be difficult during “normal times.” A quarantine is a perfect time to explore veganism because you:

  • can spend time meal planning and making use of what’s in your fridge;
  • have more opportunities to research what you’re buying/making;
  • have more time to follow vegan accounts on social media for inspiration;
  • can start that vegan Pinterest board and get pinning;
  • have less distractions/less chances to eat out.

One of my favorite vegan recipe websites: Her Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad is one of my favorite go-to recipes!

 4) Less social pressures and temptations

It takes courage to proclaim to others that you’ve stopped eating animals, so now’s a good time to build up that courage and strength in your convictions. You have less options to eat out and less temptation to join in on what others are eating – perfect! Take advantage to really know what it’s like to live a vegan lifestyle so you can be prepared to continue with that into the future.

5) Get connected to your food

Gardening has exploded as a hobby during the lockdowns, and with good reason! Connect to and learn about the food you eat, be outside with nature, exercise and appreciate the energy that goes into food production. It’s a great way to keep children engaged throughout the day.

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the systems we live in are not sustainable, so now is a great time to explore ways to be more self-reliant and to learn the basics of growing your own food. I’ve got an assortment of fruits and vegetables in my garden, plus all kinds of beans and grains! It’s so exciting to watch it all sprout up.

Rima Danielle Jomaa, MFT, is an entrepreneur, licensed marriage and family therapist, vegan lifestyle advocate & yoga teacher from Los Angeles. Rima promotes an overall program of wellness through mental, physical & spiritual health and nutrition. She approaches each client from a unique perspective as each client is unique and collaborates with them to understand their needs and goals.

Rima hosts her “Rima the Jungle Girl Podcast” from her jungle house in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, where she also hosts adventure, plant medicine, and couples retreats (complete with an on-site vegan chef). She is a Gottman leader and offers Gottman relationship workshops at her couples retreat. Rima works as a psychotherapist on-line with international clients and clients from California through teletherapy. You can find her at  or on Instagram @rima_danielle

5 Ways to Explore Veganism During Lockdown

Christine Jackson, LICSW

Christine Jackson has been a therapist for fifteen years and maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C. She has been an animal advocate for over four decades.

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Jackson, C. (2020). 5 Ways to Explore Veganism During Lockdown. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 3, 2020, from


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