So today I decided to do a blog post about the way I eat. I eat a plant based vegan diet. Even though I haven’t been vegan very long I get tons of questions asked by either friends, family, or just a curious bystander (this has actually happened). Also, I’ve seen some people poking fun at being vegan so I figured it was a good time to post this To start this off, I’ve been vegan for about 4 months, and before that I was a vegetarian for a while, and before that I was not eating any red meat or pork. So overall this has been about a 5 year transition to eating fully vegan. So now to the questions!
What does being vegan mean?
It means I eat a plant based diet, and I don’t eat anything that comes from an animal in any way. This includes dairy, honey, fish, eggs, and anything that may contain those ingredients. It’s amazing how many things you wouldn’t think of like bread, candy, chips, even beer and wine can contain some sort of animal byproduct.
Why did you become vegan?
The same reason I originally went vegetarian…I’m a bleeding heart animal lover. I’m a lover of all things furry, so when I started to educate myself on the meat industry and the dairy industry and false claims like “cage free” eggs, I knew I couldn’t contribute to any of the horrible things that go on behind closed doors. You don’t need meat or dairy to survive, and I don’t think its worth all of the pain and suffering these poor helpless animals go through just for my convenience or because I like the taste of meat or dairy. Watch documentaries. They’ll stay with you forever.
This cake I’m eating says its vegan, so that means it’s healthy right?
Definitely not! Sugar can be vegan! Fried foods can be made vegan! There are plenty of things that are vegan that are not even close to being healthy such as Oreos, some pre-packaged frostings, you can even go to taco bell and get no cheese and no meat and be in vegan junk heaven! ( I do not know this from experience…) So for the most part I try to stick to a plant based healthy diet that isn’t full of fried foods,artificial ingredients,or things I can’t pronounce.
If you don’t eat meat, then how do you get protein?
Nuts, seeds,beans,grains and so many other plant based foods all offer plenty of protein.
Don’t you feel restricted?
Actually it’s quite the opposite! Now that I eat a plant based diet I don’t count calories anymore, or worry I ate too much for the day. I eat when I’m hungry, and stop when I’m full. I make healthy desserts and eat them for breakfast or as a late night snack. So if anything I feel free from those stupid calorie counting apps and the myth that carbs make you fat. My diet is made up mostly of carbs! For dinner last night I had pasta and garlic bread, and for breakfast I had banana ice-cream (made just of frozen bananas) with tons of granola. I don’t feel restricted AT ALL.
Is it hard to eat at normal restaurants?
This one is tricky because I get asked this a lot. It depends what you consider normal. Is McDonald’s or Burger King a normal restaurant? Then yes, it would be hard for me. As far as regular sit-down restaurants, I normally don’t have an issue. If everyone wants pizza, I can just get a pizza with no cheese and extra veggies! If we’re going to a Mexican restaurant, I would just get a bean burrito with no cheese. And almost any chain restaurant has some sort of vegetable side, so worse case scenario I order a bunch of different sides such as potatoes, beans, vegetables, or even pasta. It really isn’t too difficult eating out. Also veganism is becoming very wide spread, and many restaurants are offering a vegan section on their menu or at least one vegan option!
Don’t you miss eating meat?
No. Not even in the slightest. It’s to the point now where I see meat and I wonder how I ever actually ate it. Also, there’s vegan EVERYTHING these days. If you have a favorite meat dish, I guarantee there’s a veganized one out there that will taste almost exactly the same…if not way better.
Do you feel bad if I eat meat in front of you?
No! This has come up so many times and so many people apologize to me. “Hey, sorry, but I’m going to get an order of bacon.” Just because I chose to live this way doesn’t mean I’m judging you for not making the same choices as me! Im not offended! If you’re going to apologize to anyone maybe the little piggy you’re about to munch on…but as for me, no apologies neccesary!
Is your husband vegan?
My husband is not vegan, he’s vegetarian, even though his favorite restaurant is a vegan restaurant. ( Ethos in Orlando for all my Florida friends! ) My husband has been vegetarian now for almost 2 months. (And no I did not force him to stop eating meat.)
Isn’t eating vegan super expensive?
If you want to get into all the fancy veganized food all the time then it could get a little bit pricey, but our grocery bill has gone down a considerate amount! Most of the recipes we make consist of fruits, vegetables, rice, and pasta, all of which are not expensive at all…especially when compared to fresh meat and dairy products.
Those are the questions I get asked the most. If you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments section. Being vegan has made me excited about cooking and baking healthy yummy things! (Which is probably why you see a lot of pictures posted of my creations ) I love the fact that I feel so much healthier, and I’m not contributing to the sad and disturbing things happening to all the animals in the food industry. If being vegan seems too extreme to jump right into, vegetarianism is a nice transition into it. To quote one of my favorite vegetarians, Paul McCartney, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”