Even if you do all your research before going vegan, there will still be things that surprise you once you make the transition into plant-based eating. Here are five surprises that many new vegans experience:
1. You Can Still Eat a Wide Variety of Foods
If you immediately transition from eating meat, dairy, and eggs to eating entirely vegan, it might seem like your options will be extremely limited. Even though you may have to make a lot of changes in your meal plan, once you adjust to vegan eating, you’ll realize that there are plenty of choices.
You can make different vegan dishes for every meal for months without repeating any ideas, even if you just stick to staple foods like fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, and grains. The possible combinations are endless, especially with different spices and seasonings.
2. There are Plenty of Vegan Fast Food Options
If you’re going plant-based for weight loss, you’ll probably want to avoid fast food as much as possible. However, you’ll still have plenty of options for days that you don’t want to cook or just need some comfort food. Most fast food restaurants have at least one or two vegan options or foods that can be made vegan with some modifications.
However, you should always check online or ask an employee about the ingredients to make sure that the food is actually vegan.
3. You Will Get Full Much More Easily
Fruits, veggies, and legumes are much less calorie-dense than most animal products.
While 400 calories of something full of meat and cheese probably won’t be a very large portion, you can eat a huge volume of vegan food for 400 calories. A typical vegan diet also has lots of fiber, which is incredibly filling and can keep you satisfied for hours.
4. Protein Isn’t a Big Issue
One of the most common reactions vegans get when they speak about their diet is, „How do you get enough protein?” It’s true that protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, but we don’t actually need as much as many people think.
The recommended dietary allowance of protein is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight, which is 54 grams for someone who weighs 150 pounds. It’s very easy to get this much protein by eating lots of vegetables, legumes, and nuts. You’ll probably reach your protein requirement without even having to try.
5. You’ll Stop Craving Foods You Used to Eat
In your first few weeks of being vegan, you’ll probably crave some of the foods you used to eat. The idea of the cravings going away may seem impossible, but most of them will fade surprisingly quickly. Your body will adjust to your new diet, and you’ll find vegan foods to love and indulge in instead.