More Myths About Plant-Based Diets

By: Julie

As someone who eats a plant-based diet, it is not uncommon for me to get a lot of questions during meal times. Last week, I exposed a few “Vegan Myths” that I hear frequently. This week, by popular demand, we will be tackling and exposing a few more of the many myths about eating a Vegan diet.

Myth #1: If you eat a Vegan Diet, you won’t get enough Protein

First off, let me say that I am not a doctor, and I don’t have any certified experience with this topic. However, I do have personal experience, which, is potentially a little more credible than book knowledge. I have been eating an 80-10-10 macro ratio for the past 9 months. 80% carbs, 10% protein, and 10% fat, roughly. While many people would (and have) look at me in shock and tell me that I am not getting enough protein, I have in fact, gotten stronger since I began eating this way. (In addition to feeling better too.)  

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 I have been able to lift more than I have in the past, and I have acquired (strength) skills that I wasn’t able to achieve in the past. Sure, hard work is the key, but my protein ratio sure hasn’t hindered me. If you are looking to get more protein, some vegan foods that are protein packed (and not fat packed) are: quinoa, brown rice, broccoli, and lentils. I also use this protein powder on occasion.

Myth #2: Eating Vegan means that you judge everyone who eats Animal Products

Fun Fact: I LOVE to bake. Anything and everything. I will say, that I am darn good at it too, and I want people to enjoy what I bake. I recognize that eating this way is not everyone’s desire or concern. Yes, I think eating this way would benefit everyone. But I am more concerned with what is going into my mouth than what is going into yours. Today at work, we had a potluck lunch (we have many of these).  

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(potluck lunch vs. my lunch)

I love my job, and the people that I work with, and the last thing that I would want to do is judge or condemn one of them for their food choices. I enjoy being asked about my diet, and gladly answer questions, but I would never judge someone without their consent.

Myth #3: All Vegans eat healthy

Did you know that Oreos are vegan? Did you know that Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are vegan? Did you know that unfrosted Pop Tarts are vegan? (For more check out this site ) There are plenty of ways to eat a vegan diet, and still gain weight, feel miserable, and be malnourished. These things are nice treats every now and then (maybe), but most likely not the most beneficial foods. Of course, I would highly encourage you to stuff yourself with fruits and vegetables if you are going to eat a plant-based diet. That is the best way to ensure that you are getting all of your nutrients, and the only way to make sure that you look and feel your best, but don’t be fooled when you hear the words “vegan”, or “plant-based”. It can mean a variety of things.

How have you come across these or other myths in your diet?

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