With the impending new year marking roughly four years since my vegan journey began, I recently started reflecting back to what my mindset on veganism had been like in those beginning stages. I personally grew up in a family of hunters and the concept of not eating any animal products wasn’t a thing I’d even heard of until adulthood. It wasn’t until I met my boyfriend that I’d even considered giving veganism a try. And although I’m glad I did, I’ll be the first to admit that there were several aspects of living an easy, cruelty-free lifestyle that I had to learn along the way. Below is my list of nine of those things that I wish I knew before going vegan. If you’ve got any to add, leave them in the comments below!
Eating a vegan diet might be great for our health (and the difference between life and death for our furry friends), but if you aren't careful, it can also incredibly expensive. Consistently eating fresh fruits, veggies, and meat substitutes, especially, can mean shelling out a ton of money on food every month. Don’t let that deter you, though. There are several ways to eat yummy vegan food on a budget. Here’s how.
By now, everyone has heard the buzz about Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper. The burger contains all the same fixings as the classic Whopper sandwich, except the beef is replaced with a plant-based patty. This is a huge step towards the inclusion of more cruelty-free alternatives in popular food chains, where vegan customers oftentimes find themselves having to fill up on fries and bland side salads. However, many are still skeptical of whether this burger is all that it’s made out to be. After giving it a try for myself, here are some of my thoughts about the new Impossible Whopper.
Being a vegan in a society that is still so wrapped-up in omnivorous eating has its challenges. One of the most trying situations for any cruelty-free eater is when others try to tell us everything that’s “wrong” with our diet. After a certain point in veganism, you really hear it all. Next time you’re stuck at the bar with some guy droning on about why your body “needs meat” or your parents are trying to pick apart your grocery budget, here are some quick facts to help with your rebuttal.
One downside of eating only a plant-based diet is that meals can be a little bland— unless you know how to spruce them up! Just like meat, vegetables benefit from good seasonings, herbs, and spices. Sure, salt and pepper might be enough for some people, but if you don’t want to have to give up a life of variety, then you should keep reading!