The simple truth about being Vegan? It’s hard work. It takes a lot of commitment. You have to do your homework. No you won’t feel faint or be ‘weak’ if you don’t eat meat. Yes you can live a healthy and balanced life on a plant-based diet. Yes you can avoid many illnesses and conditions by cutting out animal products.
I get the same questions every time I tell someone I’m Vegan:
“Where do you get your protein?”
“You must be deficient in iron”
“I couldn’t live without cheese!”
My responses are simple:
Protein is in a lot of foods such as beans, pulses, lentils, rice, oats, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and even vegetables! If you’re really worried there are plenty of vegan protein powders on the market too.
As with any balanced diet, as long as you are eating the right things and enough of them you should be getting all of the vitamins needed to survive. Iron can come from many vegan sources, spinach and dark green vegetables being just a few of them.
There are many alternatives to the everyday foods we love, and the market is getting better and better every day. Whilst vegan cheeses may not always taste like cheese, they are still very enjoyable with your favourite meals and don’t come with the harmful health risks associated with cheese and dairy in general.
It would be sensible to look in to plant-based foods and understand for yourself how and why someone would commit to being Vegan. If you knew what was in your cheese or the damage that a bacon double cheeseburger causes to your body, you would think twice before visiting the drive-thru. The health benefits of a plant-based diet are overwhelming, and when you start to learn that eating animal products actually causes inflammation in your body and has been linked more than once to the cause of many diseases, including cancer, you would struggle to enjoy eating meat again. But don’t take my word for it, look up the many documentaries on Netflix, or search it online, and see for yourself what could be possible if you wanted to consider it. What have you got to lose, and what could you potentially gain?