Monday, April 8, 2013

My Top 3 Misconceptions About Being "Vegan"

Welcome to my new blog! I'm so excited. The hardest part was actually thinking of a name. (Isn't that always the case?? It is for me.) This one was actually inspired by something my boyfriend jokingly says to me all the time: "Time to feed the vegan!" What can I say, I like food. :)

I've been vegan for a few years now, and it seems so natural and easy to me at this point that I forget there was a time when I thought, "I might could go vegetarian, but definitely not vegan. There's NOTHING they can eat!" (SO not true!) And that's basically what this blog is about! So for my first post, I want to start by clearing up the three biggest misconceptions I feel like people have about being vegan according to my personal experience:

1. Where do you get your protein??

I felt it only appropriate to discuss this in my very first blog post, seeing as this is probably the number one misconception about vegans (and vegetarians). In fact, my recently vegetarian boyfriend (Brocke from here on out) was talking to a friend of his the other day--who happens to be a registered dietician, no less--and that was STILL the first thing out of her mouth. So, once and for all, I would like to clear this up:

All foods contain protein.

It's true. I don't know where along the way we started thinking of meat, eggs, and dairy as the "only" sources of protein, but it is shocking to me how many people believe this! You could actually eat nothing but potatoes and, as long as you weren't calorie deficient, you still wouldn't be protein deficient.

2. Being vegan isn't hard, and it doesn't have to be complicated. 

I feel like when most people think of going vegan (or even vegetarian), they get a picture in their head that looks a lot like this:

[Photo credit: The Kitchn]

Or this...
[Photo credit: fabfitfun]

And they imagine being consigned to a life of sad lettuce leafs, cardboard-like veggie burgers, and questionable meat "substitutes". Which brings me to my third point....

3. There are SO many options for things to eat as a vegan! 

It seems like people get so caught up with what they won't be able to eat as a vegan, that they forget about all of the things that they CAN. I can't tell you how many times people are shocked that I eat chocolate or bread or pasta. I like to think of being vegan as an exciting opportunity to try new foods and reinvent old favorites.

Just a few of my recent Instagram shots, to give you an idea. I'm getting hungry already. :)

1 comment:

  1. They all look great, Jamie! I'm excited to read more! Great start to your new blog!