Ladies and gentlemen…I think that I have discovered a vegan goldmine of knowlege.
I have to start by saying Hi! How are ya? Long time, no talk!
Second, I have to give a huge thanks to The Unnatural Vegan for these sources…and for being so real about the vegan diet & lifestyle.
You the real MVP.
If you’re lookin’ for someone who’s gonna keep it real with you and give you realistic information about vegan life, you need to check her out.
I mean, she’s got a ton of videos…and my favorite part?
She cites and uses multiple sources.
So you always have the opportunity to check things out for yourself. It’s not an intellectual ghetto.
You gotta check her out…here’s one of her vids on why she doesn’t eat meat in the first place.
But please, don’t stop there. Check out several more of her videos, including the one where she debunks the What The Health? documentary, talks about how to normalize veganism, and what her vegan toddler eats in a day.
I binge-watch them…very intriguing.
So let’s talk about some of these websites and why you should check them out.
Vegan Diet, Done Right, Is Healthy & Sustainable
True…most people who try the diet will go back to eating animal products eventually. Something like 80%.
Because the vegan diet is already pretty restrictive as it is.
Regardless of how you feel about meat & dairy, they’re marketed as standards in the American diet.
Because it makes money. It’s basically a vicious cycle of supply and demand.
It’s all capitalism, people. I’m not trying to convert ya, but if you do your research, you’ll recognize that you’re not as powerless against this as you might think.
But I digress.
The main reason why people find it hard to stick to a vegan diet is because it’s not the norm, so it seems really hard to do.
And it can be, especially when you’ve got a bunch of people (even medical professionals- I use that term relatively loosely) telling you you’re gonna starve to death…or at least be malnourished.
But I promise, you’re not and you won’t. If you plan it right and keep things simple.
Don’t. Do. It.
Do you know what the definition of ‘fringe’ is?
- Something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject, and
- A group with marginal or extremist views
If that ain’t enough for you, there’s always, “An ornamental border consisting of short, straight, or twisted threads or strips hanging from cut or raveled edges or from a separate band”…
I think all 3 definitions fit in one way or another.
Basically, there are a lot of misconceptions out there that seem to embody veganism, but they do not.
They are on the fringe…not veganism at its core.
The average vegan (I use that term loosely) is diverse and even flexible in their views. That’s why the vegan movement still seems so small in comparison with the omni-norm, even though it’s growing.
But the health & ethics extremists would have you believing a totally different story.
Be Wary of Pseudoscience
Look…it’s really easy to fall into traps here and there.
There are some perfectly well-intentioned people out there giving advice. Then again, there are some less-than-well-intentioned people out there also giving advice.
The end goal is (allegedly) to help people reach optimum health…and they really have no idea what they’re talking about.
It’s one of the reasons why I don’t follow any strict diet requirements besides staying away from animal products…meat, dairy, eggs, and other by-products. More on that a little later.
But there are a lot of people out there who will try to market extreme dieting as a lifestyle…
No. Just no.
It can be hard to spot, especially when the person has written a book or looks shiny and healthy and skinny and happy…but don’t drink the Kool-Aid.
Check for holes in their arguments. Like I said about the Unnatural Vegan (and really a lot of my favorite YouTubers), they should be willing to cite legitimate sources for their claims…
Like, if the info they’re telling you wouldn’t check out for a HS research project- by which I mean completely transparent, if not unbiased- it’s probably bullshit.
That’s why I always try to encourage people to do their research…don’t just take my word for it. God knows I don’t know everything, I’m still learning.
But if anyone does claim to know it all, or simply poo-poos all forms of criticism with no evidence to the contrary, they’re probably full of it.
I’m not saying they’re totally wrong, but always take what they say with a grain of salt.
The 3 people whose websites I’m about to share with you are all qualified, and they share additional sources from which you can get your info.
3 Pros Whose Websites/Resources We Should All Check Out
Again, gotta thank the Unnatural Vegan for these names.
I’m not familiar with their research yet, however, they’re all professionals.
And they’re not proposing anything radical. They’re just telling you how to get all your necessary nutrients without eating meat & dairy.
Let’s talk about them real quick.
Jack Norris, RD
For starters, he friggin’ acknowledges that yes, deficiencies can be an issue if your diet isn’t well-planned. You have to be aware of this in order to maintain the vegan diet for the long-term.
Oh yeah…he also encourages fortified foods & supplements. The reality is that eating the same kinds of foods all the time is going to leave you lacking in a few areas and overly compensated in others.
Sorry ‘bout it.
We used to get B12 from traces of POOP on our hands when we ate…you know, back in the day. Before soap. I think.
You wanna stop washing your hands and be a Typhoid Mary, or you wanna pop a B12 supplement?
Here’s a picture directly from the site that gives specific examples of things you can do to keep yourself healthy and satisfied on a vegan diet:
I do the multivitamin once a day because…well, I’m lazy as hell. I’m just never gonna remember to take all those supplements, or eat all those foods.
But yeah…looks like there’s a lot of helpful info on this site.
Dr. Michael Greger
He’s written books, has DVDs on clinical nutrition, digital downloads…
I’m gonna have to check out his How Not To Die cookbook. Pinterest is great, but it’s about time I ‘beef’ up my vegan culinary library.
(Ignore my casual use of the word ‘beef’. ‘Tofu up’ just ain’t as catchy.)
He also does public speaking, the dates for which you can view here.
But that’s just on his personal site. He’s also started a free website called NutritionFacts.org where he posts regular nutritional updates.
Oh, he’s got merch, too…so if you like the site, support the brand :).
Ginny Messina MPH, RD
I saved my favorite for last…
I love all the info that’s available on her site, The Vegan RD, at first glance.
First, a bunch of her stuff is written in first person. It’s like she’s coming down to our level, speaking directly to us because she cares about what she does.
It’s familiar and relatable, like a blog.
Even her about section is written like this.
But my favorite section is where she explains what it takes to become an RD.
(B.T.W., if I haven’t said it already, a ‘RD’ is a ‘registered dietitian’).
Specifically a vegan RD.
Now, being a vegan RD isn’t one of those things you go to school specifically for. You go cover the general stuff first, and then you specialize in vegetarian or vegan nutrition.
And you never stop going to school if you want to keep your RD status.
Not only does this explain her journey, it explains how you can do it if you want to.
Great way to summarize her credentials without throwing it in your face that she knows more than you do.
Keep It Simple
Here’s the thing: just because you’ve switched up your diet doesn’t mean that your body needs anything different.
It still runs on the same nutrients, the same vitamins and minerals.
You’ve just gotta get a little more creative about where you get them.
It’s not complicated. You have to crowd out the animal products with more of the plant foods you probably already eat anyway.
With the right supplements and varied food sources, you’re gonna be just fine.
And that’s why it’s important to check out the professionals I mentioned here…I know I will.
Anyway, I will likely be buying more than one book from each of these pros and then some.
And again, super special thanks to Unnatural Vegan, Swayze Foster, for citing your sources and passing on credible info.
Now that you’ve got these sources, where will your vegan journey take you next?
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