Frequently Asked Questions About Veganism
What do Vegans Eat?
Vegans eat everything except animal products or foods containing animal products, i.e. we exclude meat (this includes meat from cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, turkeys, etc), fish and other seafood, dairy, eggs and honey. The long answer: we eat burgers, lasagna, sushi, pasta, pizza, cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes, veggie bowls, barbecues, sandwiches, burritos, tacos, Indian food, Italian food, Ethiopian food, Chinese food, Japanese food, any favorite you used to love as a meat-eater, but made with plant-based ingredients instead of meat or dairy-based ingredients.
Is It Expensive to Go Vegan?
Not at all. VGN AF Guide to Becoming Vegan on a tight budget will be released on January 29th! Just as with the question of whether or not a vegan diet is healthy, the answer is: it depends on what you buy, and what you bought before you went vegan.
A vegan diet not only doesn't have to be more expensive than a meat-based one, but it can even show you a reduction in costs since whole grains, beans and vegetables are usually less expensive than meat and dairy-based products.
Sadly, due to subsidies and the cost of cheap meat, if you were on a diet that consisted of McDonalds happy meals and $1 menus, you will probably be spending more. You will however be saving on the thing you can never put a price tag on: your health!
I heard it's difficult AF to maintain a Vegan lifestyle?
A vegan diet can be just as varied or even more varied than a meat-based one because it forces you to step out of the meat, green beans and potatoes plate, and into a world of foods you probably hadn't even heard of before! It can be just as varied and full of excitement as a meat-based one, since you can make anything vegan.
I'll say that again: you can make ANYTHING vegan!
The truth is the answer to this question depends entirely on you. More specifically on your mindset. If you're going into this expecting lack, deprivation and focusing only on what you can't have, that might be what you experience. If you go into this with an open mind, willing to learn some new recipes and focusing on all the new foods that will now fill your plate, you're in for a very exciting journey!
What are the Vegan Alternatives for Meat, Fish and Eggs??
There are fantastic vegan alternatives to meat, fish, eggs, and every sort of dairy product you could want, from ice cream to yogurt to coffee creamer. These vegan products are so appealing that agribusiness interests have resorted to having their lobbyists seek to forbid the use of words like milk and beef on vegan items.
VGN AF Guide will become available on January 29th for those who need the extra help!
Can I still be Vegan if I have food allergies?
Absolutely. Countless people have become vegan despite having allergies or sensitivities to foods like nuts, grains, or soy. It's generally no more difficult to avoid these foods as a vegan than it is as an omnivore, since there is an endless assortment of vegan foods that are available.
Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?
While many foods contain little or no protein, there are plenty of delicious vegan foods that are rich in this key nutrient. Including foods like beans, nuts, and tofu with most meals will greatly increase your overall protein intake. Make sure to follow our IG page! We have a list of recommended plant based vegan protein brands that we use that are pure, nutritious and delicious!
You can get plenty of protein on a vegan diet, but it's also easy to come up short if you aren't paying attention. To make sure your needs are being met, check out our article titled Protein Requirements for Vegans on January 29th for details!
Where do Vegans Get Vitamin B12 from?
There's no topic related to veganism that generates so much confusion and inaccurate advice, so it's important to obtain reliable information about B-12, and heed the recommendations.
Our favorite B12 brand is from MYKIND organics! Very inexpensive and can be found at your local WholeFoods or our ThriveFamily https://thrivemarket.com/p/garden-of-life-mykind-organics-vitamin-b-12-spray
Is better to transition into Veganism slowly or ASAP?
VGN AF is our story and tips of things that worked for US. We took the leap into veganism at our own pace. Robin jumped in by cutting out red meats, lamb chops first and Rachel tried the pescetarian lifestyle for 6 months before fully taking the leap into being a full time dietary vegan.
If you're massively committed you certainly can make the transition overnight—thousands of people have successfully done it. But it's obviously easier to take your time, get acquainted with as many vegan foods as possible, and cut out animal-based foods little by little as you feel ready.