The strong and positive growth that veganism experienced the past few years is still continuing in 2018. We believe that 2018 is going to be an important year for the widespread adoption of veganism. The lifestyle is becoming less ‘unorthodox’ and more accepted by mass media. We need to maintain this positive trend. One of the ways to do this is to make veganism transparent and accessible and for everyone. Therefore we’re going to list the key-points as well as the basics of veganism and talk about this in multiple blog posts. So without further ado, lets start!
- Have a thick skin
Even though more and more people are going vegan, we’re still a minority. And minorities often get made fun of or worse; they won’t be taken seriously. As a vegan, I’ve told many of my friends and family about the health consequences of their diet/lifestyle. They often tell me ‘everybody will eventually die anyway’ or ‘we need meat’. Both line of reasoning do make sense at first glance, but when you start to take a closer look at them, so actually informing yourself about these subjects, you’ll get to know that not everybody has to endure painful diseases before they die or that the nutrients in meat can also be found in certain nuts and plants.
- Careful approach of food
I think I speak for most vegans that the title of a product is often used as a cover for the ingredients of that same product. And when you think you can assume that the label tells you all the information that you know, you’re unfortunately wrong. The food industry is a tricky industry. They literally trick people into buying their products. For example, I went to a pizzeria and they told me that they served vegan pizzas. So I ordered one. You can already feel it coming; in really small letters on a smaller label, at a low point on the menu card they stated; vegan/vegetarian pizzas can contain rests of meat due to cross-contamination. Needless to say, I canceled my order and went home and cooked myself a delicious TRUE vegan meal.
- Protein & Vitamin B12 intake
Questions about protein & vitamin B12 intake are often the most common when someone wants to go vegan. This isn’t very strange since the dairy industry and carnists often use these two arguments to not go vegan. So what are the facts about protein & vitamin B12 intake? The simple truth is that almost everything that you eat contains protein. For every kilogram you need at least 1 gram of protein. Those who want to build muscle for any reason or whatsoever need more than 1 gram of protein. How much more depends on multiple factors (than just your vegan lifestyle alone) such as frequency, body type etcetera. With regards to B12, you can take a simple supplement. Don’t overthink, a simple Google search will do the trick!
I hope you enjoyed part 1. Part 2 will be uploaded tomorrow.