Vegan 101

vegan There it is again, that V word everyone has been raving about lately. You wonder “How on earth does one live without bacon?” or maybe “Cheese is life” Yet, you find yourself curious, wondering just how they do it and maybe…..possibly, could you do it too?

Well I am here to tell you that you can! Being vegan does not have to be dramatic or scary, in fact if done right, it can actually be fun and exciting! I know what you’re thinking: “There is no way I could live a happy life without chicken.” I get it! Allow me to ease your mind and answer some of the most commonly asked questions you may have about being a vegan and then you can judge for yourself. I am a strong believer in person choice, so this blog will not be about force feeding kale down your throat while shouting “meat is murder!!” 100 times. I am here just to inform you of the wonderful things I have discovered while being vegan myself and afterwards if you hit up Taco bell for a crunch wrap supreme extra beef, that is your right to do so. Now that that is out of the way, let’s being with some of the most commonly asked questions:

“What the f@*% do you even eat!?”

zi3000-shutterstock-buddha-bowl This question always makes me giggle I bit. When asked what do I eat, I normally reply “everything but meat or animal related products.” I know what sounds like I munch on carrots all day but here is a small list of foods a vegan might eat on a regular basis:

  • Vegetables (of course)
  • Fruits
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Tacos
  • Curry
  • That crunch wrap supreme you have been thinking about ever since I mentioned it earlier

Yeah, it’s true, you can pretty much make ANYTHING vegan and it would take me hours to form an entire list of what we eat because we eat almost everything! There is even vegan bacon, cupcakes, cheese, milk…ect. In short, everything you eat now you can still eat as a vegan, it will just be plant based.

“But how will I get my protein!?”

plantmuscle This is probably the most asked and frankly the most annoying question people ask. To be clear there is no such thing as isolated animal protein. In fact the protein that you get from your chicken is the protein that little guy got from the plants he ate. “Animal protein” is literally recycled plant protein! With that being said, everything your body needs, you can get from the fruits and vegetables you eat, same as the chicken did. More specifically foods like:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Granola

Just to name a few, are excellent sources of protein. Personally, I have not eaten meat in over 8 years and  the only nutrient I had ever been low in was vitamin D, that says a lot.

For the sake of not drowning you with an extra long post, I will answer the following questions loosely.

Is it hard to transition into veganism?: Not at all, take baby steps if that helps, start with a few meatless days a week and then add a day until all days are vegan. Most people jump right in and that’s because they are mentally ready. Either way, it doesn’t have to be hard.

Is being Vegan expensive?: It can be but it doesn’t have to be. Shop smart and don’t get your entire grocery list from Whole Food.

What can I expect when becoming vegan?: Please keep in mind that your body will need to adjust. You might, for a small period of time, deal with constipation, detox symptoms like: headaches, low energy, cold-like symptoms but it is normal and only last for a few days or not even at all! Expect to feel hungry and know it is mental, we tend to associate being vegan as eating less and that is not the case. Fuel the body, eat enough but not too much.

okay, so I barely scratched the surface here but like I said before, I am not looking to give you a 3 page essay so I will make this my stopping point for now and probably will do a Vegan 101 part 2 post eventually. In the mean time, if you have any questions, ask me by commenting below or visit the contact tab the main menu to send me a personal message. Stay green!

 

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