You have decided that you are ready to go vegan, you’ve found your “why”, you have studied all of the benefits, but now you are wondering…..what do vegans eat????
The short answer is that vegans eat everything that non vegans eat! They just happen to do so without including animal products of any kind 🙂
Let me explain with a little bit longer of an answer…..
A vegan diet is one that doesn’t consist of any animal products: meat, dairy, eggs, fish or honey. And depending on your “why”, you may eat differently than other vegans. If your reason for going vegan is strictly for the animals, then you may go the vegan junk food route in which there is literally a vegan version of everything: vegan sausage, vegan ice cream, vegan burgers, vegan pizza, vegan fish, vegan chicken nuggets, so and on and so on. However, if are transitioning to a vegan diet for health reasons, then you may stick with a whole food plant based version: vegetables, fruit, legumes, and grains.
For fun, imagine going grocery shopping. All you have to do is avoid animal products. What’s left? Everything else! And the options are endless: fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, potatoes, herbs, tofu, seitan, tempeh, rice, plant based milks, plant based ice creams, vegan meats, vegan cheese, nuts and seeds……
To show you how easy it can be, let me take you through a typical day of eating for me:
Breakfast: oatmeal with fruit, hemp seeds and a green tea
Lunch: a giant salad with lettuce, red cabbage, peas, sauerkraut, cucumber, tofu, pumpkin seeds, bell pepper, avocado, and miso/lemon dressing
(you absolutely don’t have to eat salads, but I enjoy them!)
Snack: a giant smoothie (which will sometimes include a plant based protein powder)
Dinner: pasta, vegan sausage, veggies and marinara sauce, chickpea salad sandwich, potato soup, Mac and cheese or a baked sweet potato
Dessert: if I have dessert it’ll often be fruit or “nice cream”
The trick to switching to a vegan diet is to not complicate things and to try to make it fun! This should be something that you are excited and are empowered to try. And if you get stuck, there are tons of resources on the Internet. Go to Pinterest and type in “vegan” __________________ (pizza, Mac and cheese, sausage, burger, etc). You will find a recipe for anything that your heart desires.
Best of luck and please remember that I am always here for you if you have any questions or if you need support ❤