With 2018 laid out before us, like a yellow brick road of possibilities, it appears that veganism is becoming “all the rage”. Every time I go to the grocery store, I’m finding more and more plant-based products, vegan options are popping up like mad at local restaurants, and a new vegan blog is born every minute.
This fact couldn’t have been clearer to me, back in November of 2017, when I attended “VegFest” (in the ATL shawdy), that veganism was here to stay; the amount of attendees had more than quadrupled since my previous visit in 2015, making the afternoon exciting and claustrophobic simultaneously.
But no matter how popular the vegan lifestyle gets, one question is still pounding at the door of plant-based living:
Can you REALLY be healthy on a vegan diet? Like, really really?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had friends who have been “inspired” by my blog (or that amazing dinner I whipped up), prompting them to start investigating what this whole vegan thing is about and if it’s something they think they can incorporate into their own lives. Unfortunately, many of those same friends have come back to me, after exhausting all their online resources, with their hands up in the air, saying, “I give up.”
While it’s always disappointing, I’m sort of used to it by now.
Because when it comes to what’s healthy and what’s not, you can absolutely find compelling arguments on either side of the fence: while one doctor is lecturing on the benefits of eating meat on one side of the internet, we have another doc on the flipside, promoting the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
And that’s not including all of the conflicting documentaries on Netflix.
Making your decision about whether or not you are “gonna try this vegan thing” more complicated and like, totally confusing.
But I’m not here to make this extra hard, or complicated, or a yawn fest. Because what is comes down to is this SIMPLE truth, which is:
You CAN be healthy and thrive on a vegan diet….
aaaaaannnd…you can also be unhealthy on a vegan diet too (oh yes, I WENT THERE).
It’s what YOU CHOOSE to give to your body that really counts.
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