“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” – The Vegan Society
Every day, people are learning the impact that our daily choices have on the environment, on our health and on animals. Every day, people are going vegan. Trying to go vegan can be confusing; it’s hard to know what to believe. Here are some vegan diet-related myths I’ve encountered and the truths I’ve learnt in my three years of living vegan.
Myth: But where do u get ur protein tho?
Fact: Every damn thing
Protein is key, as your body uses it to repair itself, as well as for energy. Fear not! You can get plenty of protein from plants. Protein provides structure, so there’s protein in literally every plant-food. Even grass. If you eat a variety of plant-foods and enough of them, you’ll get enough protein.
Plant foods high in protein include nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and oats. If you want extra protein to get those #gainz, there are many plant-based protein powders available.
Myth: Being vegan isn’t healthy
Fact: Fruits and veggies, my dudes!
All the vitamins and nutrients humans need are found in plants, in higher concentrations than in animal products. A vegan diet also contains zero cholesterol and has been proven to lower the risk of a number of diseases. It’s easy to stay healthy eating plant-based. But, as with any diet, it’s essential to know what nutrients you need and where to get them from. If you aim to include a wide range of plant-foods and fruit and veggie in your diet, you’ll be sweet. Check out nutritionfacts.org for more info, or chat with your GP.
B12 is the only thing that’s hard to get from plants. However, the only reason most people get B12 is because it’s supplemented into animal feed. B12 is important for energy, we should all probably supplement it. B12 is inexpensive, as you only need to take it a couple times a week.
Myth: Being vegan is too hard/expensive.
Fact: It’s as expensive as you make it
Once you learn the truth behind animal farming, you may find that, like me, veganism isn’t all that hard to stick with. I encourage you to watch ‘Dominion,’ which is free online.
If you wanna live off vegan cheese toasties, yeah, it’ll be expensive. But the cheapest staple foods are vegan. Potatoes, pasta, rice, beans, oats and tomatoes. I had a microwaved kumara with a tin of baked beans on top for dinner.
As a student, sometimes health isn’t top priority, but that’s okay because Maggi 2-minute noodles are vegan (you’re welcome). So are Oreos. Macca’s fries. Whittaker’s 50%+. Tomato sauce. Don’t put those things together, though. Find some choccy almond milk for the bad days.
Myth: I can’t find vegan options!
Fact: Options are everywhere!
Check out these awesome places with vegan offerings!
Z gas station has vegan pies!
Wellington (all 100% vegan)
Lord of the Fries (for ur nugget fix)
V1 Vegan Store
Wellington Vegans –
Palmerston North Vegans and Vegetarians - www.facebook.com/groups/palmyveg.ns/
Pioneer Pies (has a vegan pie!)
Lord of the Fries (K Rd, Snickle Lane)
Auckland Vegans –
If you’re ever stuck, you can always resort to fries. Or vodka. Potatoes are something we can ALL agree on.