Being Vegan Doesn’t Mean You’re Healthy

There’s this idea that to be healthier you should be vegan. But that’s not entirely true. Additional context is missing.

First, let’s understand that most food by nature (pun intended?) is vegan. Or at least most ingredients in this world are vegan. What makes something not vegan is when an animal product gets added to the mix.

With that said, it’s not so hard to be vegan if one chooses to. Of course everyone is different and for some it may actually be very difficult. But if we distill it down and eliminate the idea of temptations or desires for certain foods then being vegan is actually quite easy, because most food at its core is vegan.

As a random example, hm, think of your favorite burrito spot. Most of the ingredients are probably vegan. The only things that might not be are the meats, cheese, and sour cream. Other than those, the rice, beans, veggies, et cetera should all be from the Earth.

Where things begin to get complicated is when restaurants add dairy and/or eggs to all types of dishes. Whether it be in the dough to make bread or pasta, in the sauce, creams, et cetera.

And what tends to be associated with being unhealthy is having too much dairy, eggs, and meat. For some people having even small amounts is not welcome. So the vegan diet may come into play.

But understand this, it’s very possible to be very unhealthy eating vegan. What is more important than being vegan is an overall lifestyle, but if we stick to food then it comes to the variety and range of what is consumed.

While eating anything that comes your way, vegan or not, can be unhealthy, eating what most vegan restaurants offer is also not necessarily healthy. Come with me on this. So, yes, meats can get you feeling heavy, they can be hard to digest, similar with milk, cheese, eggs, those can have certain stimulations to your body that your body would rather not have. But understand that the “sexy” vegan foods like all the fried stuff, whether it be fries, vegan burgers, vegan chicken fingers, or all the carbs, like pasta, bread, heavy, heavy, heavy, or all the sugars, sweets, cookies, sweeteners, too much of all that is not healthy.

The problem is these foods are very appetizing for a lot of people who choose to transition to eating vegan.

So yes, you can eat bags of chips, have fried potatoes, pizza, pasta, pancakes, cookies, rice, beans, and be vegan. But is having all those things daily healthy? No.

Being vegan is healthy when you add additional context. Or eliminate the word “vegan” and just have the right ideas into play if you want to be healthy.

And those ideas aren’t very complicated. Simplify what you eat. Eat all the vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, grains, et cetera in a balanced way in moderation. That’s what’s key. I’m not saying to not have chips or fries, not at all. Instead what I’m saying is to have balance and moderation. Care more for the ingredients you consume. Organic or not? Which type of oil is used? How serious are you about not having high fructose corn syrup? Aspartame? Blue 40, Yellow 50, or whatever the names are?

Have a little bit of a lot of different things to have a larger variety of nutrients come in. But certain ingredients just don’t consume, whether they are vegan or not. That’s what you want. You are healthy based on what you do and what you don’t eat. So now with that thinking, yes, adding “vegan” into play adds a layer of healthiness. But if you start with “vegan” and not the proper thinking you can set yourself up to lose in an unexpected way.

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