[The transition to becoming a plant-based foodie is often one that comes with a lot of hesitation. We have definitely come along way in the past few years though. People that were once saying it wouldn’t be possible are adding more and more vegan products to their diet and removing the meat. The vegan food manufacturing industry has boomed and there are more and more options.
Vegan Facts vs Lies
The long-time myth that dairy is good for you and you need meat to survive is long gone and there isn’t much room for excuses anymore. Coupled with the shift in a society that is becoming more and more educated with health, food and the environment – the vegan industry is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, according to Veg News the vegan industry had an 11% rise in the past year and is expected to continue to rise at the same speed. Given these reasons, people are trying to move more and more to a plant-based diet.
The expectation and reality of becoming a vegan are far different and if people realized that the transition can be a fun and easy one there wouldn’t be that initial hurdle to get over.
Expectations Vs. Reality
Expectation: Vegan food is expensive!
Vegan Fact: Vegan food is the most cost-conscious food on the planted. If you eat healthy fruits and vegetables married with legumes and other healthy, unprocessed foods you will see the savings. Find a link to our list of vegan pantry items. What is expensive is processed, packaged food, but isn’t this true in the meat industry too? Keep it simple – it’s best for your wallet and your waistline.
Expectation: It’s hard to get all of your nutrients from a vegan diet.
Vegan Fact: This is one of the most damaging myths about the vegan industry. Like any diet, it takes knowledge and practice getting all of your nutrition. Educate yourself on what you need to get the right nutrition. A great resource is this article from the Vegan society. You can also download our vegan nutrition cheat sheet here and keep near the kitchen as a handy guide.
Expectation: I won’t be able to eat out.
Vegan Fact: The vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians of now have it so good! When I first gave up meat I often ate a side of vegetables whilst my friends chewed away on a steal. These days there are often more plant-based options on the menu than not. Go out and explore some new restaurants – you will find new and exciting things that you love. It’s an exciting time to explore! – If you need help finding a restaurant Happy Cow is an amazing website to find vegan restaurants – they also have an app!
Take a leap and give it a try, you don’t have to do it all at once. Once you get started I bet you the benefits of energy and health will far overshadow your want to animal products.