There are so many misconceptions about vegan foodies so we’ve gathered up the most common ones for you! Let’s dig in.
Where’s the Beef (Protein)?
The biggest misconception is that we can’t get our required protein since we do not consume meat. Being a vegan foodie you can get your protein in numerous ways such as from plant based proteins such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Although, that may not sound like much it can be created into a delicious meal. Get creative and look up recipes to create some awesomeness! You can also get your protein from vegan meat alternatives as well, but these should be consumed in moderation. You don’t want to get tied into eating a lot of processed foods because that would be defeating the purpose of being vegan... Right?
It’s Too Expensive To Be Vegan
Most people think being vegan is expensive, a vegan lifestyle can be very cost effective if you incorporate a budget and less processed foods in your grocery list. If you are eating out every weekend and consuming nothing but processed vegan foods then yes it may become very expensive. We like to save money over here lol, so some examples of a more budget friendly vegan grocery item that you could possibly incorporate would maybe consist of rice, beans, fruits, and veggies. Like we said before …get creative! Your meals are what you make it. If you’re not sure what you like try finding events that have vegan food vendors so you can try a variety of options and find your favorites.
Vegans Are Naturally Healthy
Another misconception is that vegans are naturally healthy... Nope! Your size does not always determine if you are healthy or not. It’s all about how you treat your body and what you put into your body. The most important thing to do before assuming is to ask. Many individuals may have to change their lifestyle for health reasons. We don’t ever want to ever assume or make someone else feel bad. If you have a question about something, you should definitely ask because not only would you be learning something new about that person but you wouldn’t be risking in offending someone based on your assumptions. We have to take others' feelings into consideration, some individual’s reasons for changing their diets may be very sensitive to them to talk about.
Being Vegan Is Just About What You Eat
The word “vegan” doesn’t only refer to food choices. This is because “vegan” can refer to numerous things. The word can also refer to avoiding or exploiting animals such as the make-up you wear or the clothing.
Vegan And Vegetarian - What’s The Difference?
Some people think that vegan is another word for vegetarian, we have encountered this so many times while eating out. It can be a bit frustrating at times because not many people may not be as knowledgeable about the difference between vegans and vegetarians. Being knowledgeable about the two is very important because depending on which lifestyle someone is they may not be able to have dairy etc. And, for this reason of some not being knowledgeable about vegan and vegetarian, we choose not to eat out as much especially if it’s not a vegan establishment. Many non-vegan restaurants see money signs when they see the word “vegan” and want to add “vegan” options to their menu because they know if they will sell. They just don’t do right. In reality they are not really offering any vegan food options but only vegetarian options because many food establishments prepare plant based burgers and still put non vegan cheese, buns, and condiments on the burger.
In conclusion, remember to not make a mockery of someone’s lifestyle, always be kind and ask questions if you are curious about someone's lifestyle. Never assume.
Peace & Love,
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