I get a lot of questions about my vegan diet and most of them are just out of curiosity. So I thought I would answer some of them here on my blog, so they might help you get some more knowledge about a vegan diet
Actually, I kept myself from going vegan for many years because I was unsure of so many things - knowledge and inspiration is key, if you want to sustain vegan plant-based diet.
Here's 10 questions I get asked a lot
Where do you get your proteins from when you don't eat meat, dairy or eggs?
I get my proteins from spinach, lentils, beans, nuts/seeds and tofu/tempeh
Can you still work out on a vegan diet?
YES! I have more energy than ever before. I work out and recover much better than on my old diet. I haven't lost any muscle mass while on a vegan diet - but I have become more "lean" in term of fat.
Don't you become hungry quickly?
No, I make sure to eat till I'm fully satisfied. My portion sizes are a lot bigger (in size) than on my old diet and I eat min. 2500 kcal (some days 3000 kcal) daily
How do you get vitamin B12 and iron?
I get iron from dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach and kale), beans, nuts/seeds. B12 is known for being the one vitamin that vegans have a hard time getting enough of. I take a daily vitamin supplement where there's B12 in.
Isn't fruit-sugar bad for you?
Fruit and vegetable are the most natural and healthiest foods for our bodies - and they contain simple sugars which is NOT the same as refined sugar (table sugar). Sugar is a carbohydrate which the bodies preferred source of energy and fruit not only provides a great energy source but also fibers and vitamins.
What is the difference between vegan and plant-based diet?
Veganism is much more than a diet - it's a lifestyle. Vegans care for the animals, the earth and our health. Being vegan entails not supporting any "use" of animals whether it's for food, entertainment or cosmetics.
Being on a plant-based diet is just focusing on what you eat - only plant-based food (no meat, dairy, eggs and so on)
Is it difficult to cook when being vegan?
No not at all! The internet is filled with inspiring recipes for any desire! I suggest buying a few staple vegan cookbooks and spending just a few minutes a day researching recipes!
What are your favourite recipe sites?
and anything on Pinterest :)
Do you want to be vegan forever?
I will continue being vegan until I ever feel like eating meat again. Once you've made the connection between loving animals but then still eating them, it's very simple to stay vegan.
I haven't craved or missed any animal-based food at all, and so far I love my vegan life too much to go back!
What does your family and friends say about your lifestyle?
Luckily, I have a super supportive family and an amazing group of friends who all support me in being vegan. I don't expect anyone in my life to follow my footstep, but I do expect to be respected no matter what I eat. At social event's. I make sure to bring some extra (vegan) food for myself and some for my friends/family. Usually, when you're open to sharing your foods and thoughts, people will be more interested in your lifestyle.