Frequently Asked Vegan Questions
What is veganism?
Veganism means abstaining from causing other beings harm by avoiding meat (including fish), dairy, wearing animal byproducts, and cruelty free consumerism. It’s a lifestyle conducive to the mind, body, and heart.
I’d like to go vegan, how do I go about doing it?
Amazing! We are lucky to live in a time on Earth where we live in abundance of vegan options – making it easier than ever to go vegan! When I made the choice to go vegan I started by participating in a 21 day vegan challenge. Other options are x and y. These challenges formulate meal plans every day that you can make right in your kitchen. The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s 21 Day Kickstart even has an app, making it more accessible than ever!
Should I become vegan all at one time or would you recommend doing it slowly?
I say do whatever is calling you. If you’re ready to omit all animal products from your life then go for it. But my recommendation is to do it slowly. That saying slow and steady wins the race in my opinion is true. When I went vegan I started by removing meat with plant protein, then graduated to dairy (first milk, then eggs, cheese, and finally honey). Clothing, makeup, and hygiene products came slowly after. I find when we do things this way we leave less room for what I call withdrawals. But remember, we will never miss anything if we replace. So in this case, remove animal meat with nutritious plant based protein and your body will never crave. That’s because we are giving our bodies and our minds exactly what they need – plus filling our hearts because we are caring for other beings and Mama Earth as well!
Which movies and books would you recommend I watch or read?
There are so many resources out there now. Some of my favorite movies are Earthlings, What the Health, Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Game Changers, and Okja. Books -
I’m looking for alternatives to meat and dairy/egg products. What will I find?
The movement for plant based alternatives is growing and the demand is certainly being met. In fact, you’ll find many of them being served in restaurants around the world! For meat you’ll find brands like Beyond Meat, Sweet Earth, Gardein, Field Roast, and Tofurky. For dairy products you can find Kite Hill, Miyoko, Violife, Treeline, Oatly, and Almond Breeze. Follow Your Heart VeganEgg and Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer for eggs. Last but not least – fish, Good Catch Foods and Gardein.
When I go shopping I don’t know if something is vegan or not. What do I do?
No worries, just download an easy app called Is It Vegan? Scan the product and it will run through the ingredients in its database. From there it will tell you how vegan it is. Amazing, right?
I have food allergies and am nervous about making the transition. Is it still possible?
Absolutely! Quite a few of my vegan friends have gluten and soy allergies. Each one of them have successfully been able to navigate this lifestyle without activating their allergies. You can too!
Does a vegan diet offer proper nutrition?
Following a vegan diet can give your body everything you need and will also allow your body an easier time with digestion. Each food group can be satisfied with plant based foods such as beans, grains, legumes, vitamins and minerals.
Humans need a lot of protein. Will I get enough?
I think there’s a misconception as to how much protein our body really needs. With that said though, vegan diets offer lots of plant based protein options such as beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts, and much more - more than enough to sustain the body's need for protein.
What about Vitamin B12?
The easiest way to ensure you’re getting adequate B12 is taking a supplement every couple of days. Check in with your doctor about your dosage. There is a misconception about B12 and where it derives from. It is a fact that vitamin B12 doesn’t actually derive from animals but instead it derives from the plants that they consume.
I’m super athletic and fear veganism will not support this. Is this true?
There are so many vegan athletes out there! Definitely check out the documentary Game Changers as this film goes into detail about debunking myths and includes lots of interviews with vegan athletes (including famous ones you may recognize!).