the protein myth

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for someone who wants to go vegan??

Yay I’m so glad you are looking into veganism. Veganism is magic.

okay well first

* Get informed! I would recommend watching the wonderful documentaries “earthlings” < this video made me vegan. (Please watch it when you can!!) and “forks over knives” which should be available on Netflix.
These documentaries changed my life.
I say get informed because it’s so important! Knowledge is power. Lots of people don’t fully realize the reality of where your food comes from. Or how harmful it is to your body. Unfortunately many of us have been brought up separating food from the life it once had. That burger was once a cow living and breathing. They had a life, until it was slaughtered to make the burger you are eating. This is my key motivation to being vegan. I have a choice on what I eat every meal of everyday and I make my choice being one that did not cause suffering.

now on to how to make veganism work for you


* Learn how to substitute. Go at your own pace and transition. Start replacing dairy milk with soy/almond milk, meat with tofu or any meat replacements. (Though those can get expensive as well as other replacements: vegan ice-cream, yogurt, cheese) Try including more beans, rice, pasta, potatoes, fruits, and vegetables to your diet :) bananas are super cheap and will become your best friend 🍌

Prepare meals ahead of time and make large quantities of it and store it in the fridge for later.
Make sure you eat enough. Don’t worry about getting enough protein. It’s a myth that you need meat for protein. The best sources of protein are actually plant based.

and lastly

*Stay strong. The first few days might be tough, but it will become easier. It’s actually easier than people think it is. Anything and everything non-vegan can be made vegan :) it tastes better/is better for you, is better for the environment, and better for the animals! It’s seriously the best!
And yes, I go through my day every single day, not craving or missing it, and you will get there too.
Also it’s important to keep the mindset that you can eat meat/consume animal products, but you don’t want to. The difference is that being a vegan is not a sacrifice. It’s not a diet, it’s morals and logic. Animals have just as much of a right to live on the earth with us, and not for us.

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Myths about being a vegetarian

So I decided to be a vegetarian for about a month just to get a perspective of someone who is a vegetarian, and also felt it would be good for me to do. I now realize how annoying some people can be towards someone who doesn’t eat meat. The most common questions I got everyday was “don’t you miss meat?”, “why would you do that?”,“You won’t get enough protein!”. Now one myth about going on a vegetarian diet is missing and craving meat. Now I love meat, steaks are delicious, but I had zero cravings for meat the entire time. To answer the other question as to why go on a vegetarian diet? well for one thing I was never hungry, all the lower calorie foods I had I ate like a monster, and at the same time I had very little saturated fats, I felt more alert and had loads of energy! and honestly protein is no real issue when being a vegetarian, I got over 100 grams a day, so if you know what your doing it is easy to get enough protein. Honesty being vegetarian is not that hard and all the health benefits definitely outweigh the cons. Also for those lifters out there, the many gains rolled in during this month. 

lunaerial  asked:

I also wanted to ask- what do you think are the best sources of protein for vegans? I've been a vegetarian for about ~8 years and now after making the transition I am finding it hard to eat enough protein rich foods

Great to hear you’re going vegan!!

Have you figured out how much protein you need per day? Take your body weight (in pounds) x 0.36 = recommended protein intake (in grams). It’s not hard to get the protein you need if you’re eating a varied whole foods diet. Almost all plant based foods have protein! Some foods that have a higher content are:

Tofu
Seitan
Quinoa
Buckwheat
Hemp
Oats
Beans (try hummus with chickpeas, lentils or edamame!)
Nuts and nut butter
Seeds (pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great)
Kale
Spinach
Broccoli

I have a lot of recipes that are high in protein here

Some helpful links..

http://myvega.com/vega-life/vega-blog/best-plant-based-protein-sources-infographic/

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/how-can-i-get-enough-protein-the-protein-myth

Speak up, vegans

I know it’s hard, dear vegans. Society pretty much consists of overly loud carnists. I know it’s hard, but _if you have the strength_, speak up. Explain the protein myth to gymbros. Tell environmentalists about the impact of animal agriculture. Talk about the harm from consuming dairy. Do it in comment sections, with stickers and with words.

Don’t let the carnistic opinion stand unchallenged. For every two bacon comments, let there be a vegan. It may seem like a lost cause, but remember, many others will read what you write. The most stubborn carnists may not change, but other vegan-curious readers may.
Also, there are probably ten other vegans finding that comment section too hard to tackle. If everyone of us left an ever so short message, the representational balance will change.

The same goes for the everyday conversations. You may be the first person to tell someone about oatmilk, but that’s 100x better than none in my book. You cannot change if you don’t know other choices. Be that vegan fried they know if they have questions one day or meets someone who spreads lies about vegans.

Mere exposure may change a lot, and one day the carnists will be outnumbered.

Speak up, vegans, your message is one of the most important ones out there. Be not ashamed of that.