When I decided to go vegan, I judged myself. I had a stereotype of what it meant to be a vegan, and I was intimidated. I didn’t want to be seen as “difficult” or “complicated” at a restaurant or seem “high maintenance” while grocery shopping and cooking. But what I found was the opposite.
1. There Are Vegan Options Everywhere
Once I learned a bit more about what I like to eat, I started finding options everywhere. From well-marked menus to making a meal out of side dishes or even just asking the wait staff to modify a dish, it became easy. All those amazing foods I was worried about missing out on? There are now vegan versions! Ice cream, yogurt, pizzas.. you name it.
2. Eating Food Should Be Simple
Although I wish I could live off of Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy P.B. & Cookies ice-cream for the rest of my life, the meals that make me feel my best are actually made from the simplest and least expensive ingredients. Greens, potatoes, seasonal fruit, and dry goods like rice, lentils, and beans. These are nutrient-rich foods simply grown from the ground, not processed. I eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables and feel better than ever.
3. Do More Good Than Harm
Major brands have already gotten on board with ethical and sustainable fashion and it seems like the public is not only grateful for that drastic change in the beauty industry, they are also pushing more companies to go cruelty-free and vegan. To me, adapting to a cruelty-free lifestyle felt natural and welcomed. It’s hard to argue against consuming fewer animal products like food, clothes, and makeup when it means doing less harm to animals and the planet.
4. Vegan Athletes Are Just As Strong
The most common misconception vegans deal with is that we don’t get enough protein. And that’s just not true at all. People often question how we are able to workout without eating protein and the answer is simple: beans, tofu, lentils, and peanut butter. We get all the protein we need from rich, nutrient wholefoods that come straight from the ground. But of course, that isn’t enough for most doubtful interrogators. It’s become easier to just list the names of the world’s most competitive and successful athletes such as Steph Davis, Morgan Mitchell, and Kendrick Farris and other popular and widely known actors, performers, and bloggers such as Ariana Grande, Carli Bybel, Ellen Degeneres, Liam Hemsworth, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lea Michele, and Jared Leto.