Reasonable question. VeganEaten was actually an astonishingly underused hashtag on Instagram when I started using the app in Spring 2015. I was trying to label my dinner pics and the phrase popped into place. Today, VeganEaten is a resource for those who want to eat a vegan diet, are curious about veganism, and have no clue how to follow it without eating food that tastes like nothing.
VeganEaten is definitely the right resource for you if:
- You are BUSY
- You are health conscious or have a wannabe healthy mindset
- You aren’t totally clueless about food- tomatoes are a fruit, you know what they look like, etc.
- You feel helpless when you consider taking on a vegan diet with EVERYTHING else you already balance
- You think that eating vegan is HARD
- You don’t really know how to shop for groceries, besides grabbing everything that looks good
- You don’t have a whole boatload of $$$ (It’s cool if you do, but the beauty of eating vegan is that it’s pretty cheap!)
- You don’t have time to do menu planning and research every goddamn week
- Your Pinterest boards are full of healthy recipes that you have never made and always intended to
- You beat yourself up because you don’t make time to plan/shop/cook healthy meals
- You don’t want someone “holistically guiding” you-whatever that actually means
- You like to EAT GOOD FOOD
- You don’t want to give up cheese
- You don’t live alone and therefore can’t totally go vegan because you have to made two meals every time
VeganEaten is NOT for you if you identify with the following:
- You are a devout vegan with years of eating a completely plant based diet
- You have all the time in the world to stand in your kitchen and prepare food for hours each day just so your family can all eat a healthy diet
- You really just love the taste of raw vegetables and are confused why people say giving up cheese sounds impossible
- You routinely research the food products that you’re eating for any hint of animal product and feel horribly about it
Yeah, no. Not me either. I started eating a mostly vegan diet about three years ago. My family started following the RICE diet for a summer, and I was grumpy about it until we hit week 3. I stopped focusing on how much I missed sugar (and salt) and started focusing on how I could add more flavor to my food without them.
What made me feel satisfied? What food combinations did I look forward to the most? Why did roasted veggies taste so much more delicious than raw? How did I feel so much more awake now?
Most of these questions were answered over the next year or so, as following the plan became my key to feeling like I was actually living. Following a vegan diet was what made me feel alive and energetic, which wasn’t normal for a college student. I was used to complaining about how tired I was, listening to friends talk about how bloated they were from the weekend’s parties, and generally bitching about not being healthy.
Which is really an unhealthy mindset.
So, here’s where I can help you. I went to school to learn to cook, and have worked in restaurant kitchens for the past 8 years. I also try to stick to a vegan diet, which I view as the best way to help myself stay healthy, stick to a reasonable budget, and to reduce my impact on the planet by not consuming commercially raised meat.
Do I mess up? Yeah. Does that kind of crush me inside with guilt and regrets? Yup. Do I keep going after I fall off the wagon? A little dust and a bruised ego shouldn’t stop anyone. Am I super skinny? Nope.
Eating vegan helps me maintain a strong and healthy body. You can take it as a weight loss plan, but I’m not promising that. I am promising that you will feel more awake, have more energy, and feel like you are constantly eating, but not constantly hungry.
That’s VeganEaten. Alive, strong, confident, and constantly eating. 🙂