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10 Myths About Going Vegan

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ten vegan myths

ten vegan myths

I am always getting questions about what it takes to go vegan. More and more people are giving this healthy diet a try – for a wide variety of reasons. One if for health – nothing really puts your diet into the wellness fast track like ‘going vegan’ does. Suddenly you are forced to think about and analyze the foods you eat and feed your family. You are reading labels and talking to waiters about ingredients and vegan options – and you will with no doubt in my mind – be eating better. More whole foods, leafy greens and a wider diversity of legumes and grains will slowly seep into your everyday food plan – both for yourself and your family. Your spouse and kids don’t even have to join in the ‘going vegan’ commitment to taste the repercussions of your new diet. Tasting your new vegan recipes and ingredients slowly becomes fun and interesting to them. Tempeh, quinoa, hemp and nutritional yeast. Plus, you may have heard the recent news that red meat is blamed for 1 in ten early deaths – just another paved stone in the path for those looking to try going vegan – changing their diet in a big way. But there are plenty of ‘going vegan’ myths out there. Here are ten of them..

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Going Vegan isn't What You Think!

Myth #1: Vegans only eat salads.

It is true that you will be eating plentiful amounts of super healthy leafy greens, veggies, nuts, fruit and more - in salad form. But vegans eat everything just like you do now. Salads can be the center of a meal or a side dish. Vegans eat veggie burgers, pasta, sandwiches, tacos, ice cream sundaes, grains and more. And salads. And from my experience, vegans make the best salads around because of the diversity of healthy ingredients they add in.
Make a BBQ Tempeh Salad.

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10 thoughts on “10 Myths About Going Vegan

  1. Kim says:

    As a vegetarian (not vegan) of twenty years, I will tell you that the “myth” about being looked down upon is not a myth at all. I mean seriously, after twenty years you’d think people would accept it, but they still say stupid things.

    #11 is that veganism is for everyone. Like I said, I am veg, but I don’t feel well when I’m 100% vegan. At. All. It’s great to add more veg food to your diet, but veganism isn’t for everyone.

  2. Bea Greene says:

    Hi :-)

    Everybody can be vegan. Plenty of people don’t feel well on a meat diet, which is a lot more risky.

    How about giving it another go?

    There are some great resources about making sure you get enough protein/iron etc. here…

    If you have any questions, just email them – I do regularly and they are really nice.


  3. Jovanka says:

    To the first commenter: If you are a vegetarian then the only difference between what you eat and what a vegan eats is dairy and eggs, and I hardly think that eating those things – especially the dairy – would make you feel healthier. ; ) I know the biggest positive difference I felt in my health was when I went from vegetarian to vegan. As to comments from others, who cares? Personally I don’t want to associate mith anyone who would make derogatory comments about me wanting to behave ethically.

  4. Dyell says:

    There are many reasons people choose to go vegan. It’s one of the best actions one can take to help improve the environment, your health, and the lives of billions of animals. Check out or for information on how you can start living a more compassionate life today!

  5. alinaspencil says:

    Flavorless? HAH! I dare you to try any of the ice creams in my vegan ice cream cookbook and tell me they are flavorless. Or boring.

    Gorgeous photos!!! Makes me want to go cook something…

    Alina Niemi
    Author of The New Scoop: Recipes for Dairy-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites)

  6. mom2four says:

    I hate the argument that you are “saving animal lives” by going vegan. Those animals will be killed and eaten whether you eat them or not. And if all humans went vegan? Not likely but then the animals would just eat each other. We are omnivores by nature. I hate being looked down upon because I choose to eat a balanced diet that includes meat like God intended. The animals are here for food. Do what you think is best for YOU and let others make their own choices without judgement. Just because I enjoy meat doesn’t mean I hate animals or don’t care how they are treated. I’m all for humane slaughtering. And, yes, it can be done humanely.

  7. SGT ''D'' says:

    Could someone explain to me how eating meat and dairy is unhealthy or inhumane? I live on a piece of land in south east Ohio. I grow most of my own veggies, fish the ponds and streams, and hunt the hills for deer, rabbit, and turkey. my diet consists of lean, wild meats, and fresh veggies and fruit from my garden and the surounding hills. I think what most Americans are missing is thata specific diet only works if you have an active lifestyle.

  8. lucy says:

    My mate has been vegan for several months and cooking for him has made me think about what we are serving and buying for our daughter. You could say that we no longer buy products with dairy or eggs. I will have eggs and dairy so I do not consider myself vegan. Recently we had my aunts come in for a visit from the states and I made Falafels for them with a vegan pizza from scratch. They were loving all the different flavors I presented them and even made a vegan strawberry short cake for them. I have had tasteless vegan food and vow never to buy from specific restaurants.You can go out of your culinary comfort zone with a vegan diet because there are so many recipes that don’t incorporate meat or are easily substituted with a mushroom or other plant-based protein. I have to say that once you are a vegan like my mate, it makes the whole family involved in where your food comes from and what you are eating.

  9. Dawn says:

    I have been vegeterian off & on for a few years but want to stay on this path for me and my family love this blog I have stumbled on and would like to know what is that in the photo for the myth#10..that looks soo good and would love to know what it is and if there is recipe on this blog for it..thanks and again love that I found this to help me

  10. xotchil danio says:

    At the moment, I am not vegan or vegetarian. When I lived with my cousin for a while, she was a vegan. I ate what she ate. I never felt better in my life. Also, lost a healthy amount of weight, my hair was growing in shiny and full.

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