Lots of people (online and irl) have asked what I eat as a vegan because they’re interested in changing their diet/trying something new/whatever reason so this is a post for anyone looking to embrace a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle.
First and foremost, I’m just going to list why someone would want to try being veg for anyone who might want to consider it.
- For their health - If you’re doing it properly, a plant-based diet can be incredibly nutritious. It can prevent you from getting numerous health problems including but not limited to type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, cataracts, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
- To lose weight - I personally have lost 5 lbs in the past three months eating veg and not exercising at all. (i’m not promoting lack of exercise but 5 lbs is a lot considering that i’ve been consistently the same weight for the past 5 years)
- Animal rights
- It’s good for the environment
- Because it makes you feel and look good - My skin has gotten clearer, my pms has decreased (i barely get cramps now!), I have more energy, rarely get headaches, and I don’t feel sick to my stomach after eating a big meal anymore.
Here are some recipes that I’ve tried and loved.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (I love Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies, so I set out to find an alernative. I used apple sauce for an egg replacer and earth balance organic butter alternative)
I do a lot of stuff by scratch and I haven’t written the recipes down but I’ll be sure to blog about them and put up everything next time I make them.
I also snack a lot but it’s typically fruits. (Luckily, I’ve always loved fruits)
Some myths involving veganism are that it’s time consuming and expensive. Both of which i’ve found to be incorrect. It’s expensive if you’re shopping at specialty stores though so I avoid them. You can get plenty of vegan food at your local Walmart. The only thing you have to be wary of is when checking labels to make sure they are no animal by-products in them, you have to know the different terms. A food item might not say milk on the ingredients list, but it might say casein (milk derived) or gelatin (animal derived). A LOT of products are vegan without meaning to be. Oreos, for instance, are vegan! Not healthy by any means, but vegan. Here are some other items that are “accidentally vegan”
For people looking to fuel themselves or read up on the animal rights aspect look here.
I’m also willing to help anyone out in any way I can. I haven’t been vegan for nearly as long as most people but I follow a lot of vegans and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if I sent you their way.