I used to think vegans were weirdos. Now that I am one, I can verify that, yes, we are weirdos!
It’s weird to not eat like everyone else in the restaurant. It’s strange to eat salad every day. It’s not normal to have a digestive system that functions freely.
There are so many reasons to eat a plant-based diet, but if you don’t think about lowering your blood pressure, eliminating cancer risks, improving your heart health, and other science-based reasons, consider the following 5 reasons to join the “weird” side and go vegan:
1.) You’ll have no digestive issues. Seriously. No constipation from too much cheese. No bloating from white bread products. No odors after eating meat. In fact, you’ll kind of forget about your system because it will finally function so freely and easily that you won’t even think about it!
2.) It’s fun to eat what looks good! Not what SOUNDS good, but what LOOKS good. God gave us two eyes with which to see a rainbow of colors, and that includes when looking for nutrition. It never fails – when I am at a restaurant with my family and my nice, big, beautiful salad is delivered next to their (brown) fried shrimp, (brown) french fries, and mashed potatoes smothered in (brown) gravy, everyone else marvels at how good it looks. I daresay they wish they’d ordered something as colorful as my salad!
3.) You don’t have to count calories. Once you get the correct replacements for animal products figured out – plant-based protein is the most difficult piece to the vegan puzzle – you will be eating a TON of food (Dr. Fuhrman recommends a pound of cooked vegetables and a pound of raw vegetables PER DAY), but you will be losing weight without points and portion sizes and food scales. AND you can eat until you feel full!
4.) There are no temperature sensitivities to fret about. When you are traveling, like we do frequently, you don’t have to pack a cooler anymore since only animal products are temperature-sensitive! You don’t have to worry about how long this food sat out or if this dish was cooked to the “right” temperature.
5.) You may discover a new favorite food! I didn’t know what a parsnip was before I started eating vegetables every day. When I asked a lady in the produce section what it was, she directed me to PARSLEY…apparently she didn’t know what it was, either! But I used it in a medley of roasted root vegetables and discovered its buttery, carrot-but-not-really flavor and loved it! I quickly added it to my list of favorite vegetables. My husband recently discovered he likes the taste of artichokes and green olives, and told me I could make a pasta salad using those two things any time I wanted to. Around our house, that’s as good as the Good Housekeeping seal of approval!
So be weird for a few days and see if you like the vegan diet. You don’t have to tell people what you’re doing – they may judge just because of the name. Just tell them you’re trying to eat healthier and you’re adding more vegetables to your diet. At least, they’ll applaud you; at most, they may even be encouraged to do the same.
Best wishes to you as you make progress toward your healthy goals today!