One of the difficult things about trying to live a bit differently than the average person is finding out how to do stuff. If I find out about TVP and then want to eat it, well I need to find out a lot of things. Where to buy it, what forms it comes in, how to cook with it, etc. It takes awhile too to get to the point where I can say, one day, hey I have this great TVP recipe. It is a great combination of x, y and z that works really well together. And get to the point that I actually know how to cook well with this ingredient and can experiment in ways that make sense.
On the other hand trying to find, figure out and thrive in doing stuff a bit differently can be a great joy. I think there are wonderful people everywhere By having to search things out, I force myself to get out of my comfort zone and this inevitable puts me in a place to meet new people. Some of them are great and my life is enriched by having met them.
So I need to keep trudging this road, although sometimes it seems a lot of work. The benefits are great and what the heck, I might as well enjoy my life!
Keep the natural faith.