When people first find out that I eat mostly a plant-based diet (yes, I said mostly.. see my High Maintenance Eater post for more of those details) I tend to get a list of varying questions and statements like..
- Where do you get your protein?
- How can you just eat vegetables?
- Aren’t you hungry all the time?
All of which I am more than happy to answer and or talk about.
You see, eating a plant-based diet has enabled me to feel the best I have in years. It’s also a lot of fun, in my opinion, because it forces me to try new recipes and foods that I probably would have NEVER eaten before. I mean really… five years ago I would have never thought I would be in LOVE with Portobello mushrooms… yet here I am.. loving that fungus humongous!
So, today I thought I would take a few moments and just kind of debunk and or answer some of the myths/questions out there about a diet made up mostly of veggies.
5 Big Myths About Plant-Based Diets
1. You Don’t Get Enough Protein –
Actually, when eating a plant-based diet you get all the protein you need. Plant foods are a great source of protein. Legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, and food products are packed with protein.
Complete protein, in definition, is a protein that delivers all of the essential amino acids needed for human and animals. These proteins are not ONLY found in animal products, but in plant based foods too. And depending on the vegetable, legume, or nut, can actually have a higher protein level than animal products.
2. You Will Be Hungry All The Time
I thought this too when I first started. All I was picturing on my plate was lettuce and carrots. Nothing substantial or filling. Yet, as I learned and experimented with new foods and recipes, I quickly found out that eat a plant-based meal can definitely fill me up.
Eating legumes, beans, and other high fiber vegetables allows you to feel more full. It fills your stomach and helps keep your sugar levels stabilized, which in turn keeps your cravings at bay.
3. It’s Too Expensive to Eat a Plant Based Diet
We have lived on a budget for over 20 years now. That means I have a set amount of money set aside for groceries and other bills each week. I can honestly say that our food budget hasn’t changed all that much. Buying organics can be a little more expensive, but so can buying good beef.
When you’re buying items like beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits, the amount you spend can actually be less than when you are having to buy various meat items. Forks Over Knives and One Green Planet have written great articles on how you can eat a plant-based diet on a budget. There are also sites like Plant Based on a Budget that can help you with recipes and other great information.
On a side note – I do talk quite a bit on this blog and my other social media outlets about how eating organic is best. Organic foods can definitely be more expensive, so if you can’t afford organic, but want to go on try a plant-based diet, just buy the items you can afford. It’s better to start there than to not start at all.
4. Plant-Based Food Tastes Terrible
OK. This one is hard to totally debunk because everyone’s tastes buds are different. But, I can speak from experience. Through both trial and error I have found that eating a plant- based diet is FAR from boring in the taste department.
Just swing by Instagram posts now and than and you’ll see some of the yummy food I get to cook up.
What has helped me the most in trying new foods was that I have looked at eating more plant-based as adventure. Finding new and interesting recipes to try at home and when we go out, finding new and interesting items on the menu can be a lot of fun.
Never in my life would I have ever thought that I wished every pizza place would make a pizza topped with cashew cream instead of cheese or that ordering a black bean burger with a side of sweet potato fries from a local restaurant for dinner would be on my craving list. Yet all this is happening in my life and I love it!
5. It’s No Healthier For Me
Well, I’m not a doctor by any means, but there are numerous studies out there that show how eating a plant-based diet can reduce your risk of cancer, high cholesterol, obesity, and so much more. So many that I won’t go into them all here, but just Google ‘plant-based diet health benefits’ and you can see for yourself.
I’m not saying that eating meat or animal products is a bad thing. I eat these in small amounts every once and awhile myself, but my understanding is that the more plant-based eating we do, the healthier we are.
With all of that being said, I just want to encourage you to try a plant-based diet. It has changed my life for the better in more ways than one and I think it could do the same for you.
I’m not an expert by any means, but if you have any questions or would like to know how to even start on eating a more plant-based diet, please feel free to leave a comment here or email (in the side bar) and I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
Thanks for stopping by and have a healthy, happy day!