You may have heard, or even wondered yourself, that all vegans and vegetarians are healthy. Well, the plain and simple truth is no.
In my past-life (about 5 years ago) I was a cake artist, making and decorating cakes. Now that I am plant-focused, my cakes are vegan. A friend of mine had a surprise birthday party and I was asked to make her cake since she was vegan. It was a beautiful dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, adorned with a chocolate flower.
Chocolate is the answer to life!!
As people at the party learned that this tower of deliciousness was vegan, I heard many say, “Oh, it’s healthy, so I can have as much as I want.” Um, no. It still had two cups of sugar, oil, and chocolate…lots and lots of chocolate. I’m totally craving this cake right now!
But this is the common misconception…Just because the cake is vegan does not mean it is healthy or that the vegan person eating it is healthy.
Just like any other person who eats meat or dairy, vegans and vegetarians can be just as unhealthy. And just like anyone else, their motivations for not eating meat will determine if they are, or will be, healthy or not. In another post I talk about reasons/motivations (insert internal link) for switching to a plant-focused lifestyle. It really helps to follow your convictions about what to and not to eat.
For instance, if a person decides to become vegan because of the mistreatment of animals, that doesn’t mean that they will be healthy. My friend became a vegetarian for this reason, but she doesn’t eat vegetables…Wrap your mind around that! But it explains the fatigue, and other issues she’s having. Here is a short list of foods that are vegan but not healthy:
* Cake mixes
* Canned crescent rolls
* Sugary cereals like Cap’n Crunch
* Hershey’s chocolate syrup
* Some granola bars
* Some meat substitutes
And the list goes on.
But if a person decides to have a plant-focused diet for health reasons or because it makesthem feel better, they will most likely be healthy. These are the people that will avoid the refined sugars and highly processed vegan/vegetarian foods and focus on fruits and vegetables.
I choose not to eat animals or their products because of the way it makes me feel. And as I discussed before (insert internal link), after changing my eating and discovering the improvements to my health, I decided to continue on this beautiful plant-focused journey.
For more information on what a vegan or vegetarian is, click here. (Insert internal links)
What everyday items have you discovered is vegan? What is your take about being a healthy vegan?