Up until about 2 years ago nobody of my friends and definitely not me would even imagine I go veggie.
I have dated a vegan a few years ago and was happy to cook veggie. When it was over, I swiftly got back to the cheese I loved.
The more I got involved into an organic business, the more logical and comfortable was for me to eat less meat. It was all for health reasons rather than anything else, but it was comforting to think that I am being environmentally friendly too.
Quite recently, I was inspired by a person who reversed his diabetes after going veggie. He has suggested to watch a documentary called ‘What The Health‘ on Netflix and I was stunned with what I saw… A few more documentaries, namely ‘Cowspiracy‘ and ‘Food Inc‘, swiftly followed. It opened my eyes on how we treat and kill animals, how big multinational food corporations are also killing all of us with an unhealthy foodstuffs. There is a bigger picture to just eating animals and it is sad, scary and simply awful.
What happens is that all these atrocities towards animals are disguised – we do not see how they are being treated, how they are fed to die quicker and for more profit, how they are mutilated and abused. Our kids just see ‘happy cows or ‘happy eggs’, play with piglets on a pretty farm just to eat a slice of bacon in a few minutes. Will you show them a video how a chicken is raised and then killed on a big industrial type farm? Go on, have a family time and watch Food Inc. documentary. There are camera shots showing a factory that kills dozens of hundreds of animals per hour! Per hour, ladies and gentlemen…
I have already written a long list of reasons why everyone should consider going plant-based or you can call it vegan. Read more about how it affects your health, saves animals, protects our environment and helps to alleviate world hunger. All very strong points, don’t you think?
Luckily, we live in a world now where information is very accessible to majority of people. I hope these reasons would stimulate more and more people to switch to a plant-based lifestyle.
Yet a lot of information that we get is also being funded or sponsored by those huge corporations that are trying to discredit the facts or simply inventing some reasons why you will fail on a vegan diet.
Let’s call it Vegan myths:
– Are you going to eat just rabbit food?
Your co-workers might think you will live on salad, your parents are worried that your carrots supply is too big and some even raised their concerns that it is like eating grass…
They are all wrong! My website is just a small resource on plant-based lifestyle and vegan recipes, there are charities (by the way if you want to support, you can help save animals here) which are producing a lot of vegan recipes, there are bloggers and also quite a lot of cookbooks so you will have a choice for sure!
– Where will I get enough protein?
This question is being repeated so many times. See this article about protein rich plants and simply remember that your body needs much less than the livestock industry tells us, they just want to sell sell sell.
You can get all proteins you need from plants. Afterall, your normal daily intake of protein should be in between of 45 and 65 grams only!
– There is no fat in veggies, how will I get enough fat?
Fat is recommended only as a 10-15% proportion of your daily meals, Surely, you can use good quality and unrefined seed oil to dress your salads or roasted vegetables. Have an avocado – it is rich in fat content and is delicious in salads and dips!
– Vegan lifestyle costs too much
I wonder where this one is coming from. Just compare the cost of good quality meat, fish and eggs to veggies, pasta, rice and grains – the math is simple.
I appreciate in some countries a few individual food items would be more expensive due to the lack of local production, but plant-based world is so varied – surely there is an alternative.
– Vegan food takes too much time to prepare
Don’t be discouraged by food bloggers and glossy magazines – it is their bread to make something fancy and look amazing, that’s they have a need to incorporate dozens of ingredients. It might be good when it comes to variety of nutrients, but we do not have hours and hours to stay in the kitchen and cook.
I advocate for a more simple but yet delicious approach to cooking your everyday dishes. Most of this site’s recipes will be ready in less than half an hour and without a need for a super fancy equipment.
Surely, if you like cooking and occasionally have a desire and time to prep something extravagant and complex but also healthy, you will enjoy that too.
– You cannot get enough nutrients from just plants
It is such a generic statement. If you mindfully construct your meals, so they contain all needed carbs, proteins and fats from plant-based whole foods, you will be OK.
When shopping, be mindful too – look at the labels, vegan products might still contain a lot of preservatives, sugars and refined oils. Buy your veggies and fruit organic when there is a possibility.
Iron, calcium, vitamins B and other essential vitamins and minerals are present in plants.
– How do you do without dairy or eggs? They are essential to humans.
Wrong again. Dairy industry with its ‘happy cows and ‘happy eggs’ marketing is just brainwashing us. I am sorry to be direct, but I have been there too, I used to consume a lot of eggs. Well, I got news for you – they are three times higher in cholesterol than even red meat.
On top of that, I am quite sure cows are not really happy to be artificially and continuously impregnated just so you get your glass of milk. If you are just worried about calcium, there are so many plants that contain enough of it for your daily needs, so you don’t need to worry about that.
In fact, you only get that cholesterol that negatively affects your cardiovascular health from animal foods.
– Are you going to go all preachy?
That’s the first thing a friend of mine asked me when I told I was vegan now. I do care about animal welfare. If I get a chance to save some lives and also help that person to live a healthier life based on values of kindness, I will do that.
However, it is a personal choice and, similarly as with smoking, people are to realise a need for this change for themselves.
I love volunteering. I have been involved when I was a student and I miss it.
Finally, there is a vegan myth amongst us vegans too.
Some may think that as they’ve adopted this whole vegan lifestyle (bravo, by the way), they can eat whatever they want and stay healthy.