Thanksgiving week! The perfect time to talk about plants (this post is sponsored by turkeys).
I’ve been a convenient vegan for almost a year and a half now. Long enough for me to know that while I can never completely give up my overflowing plates of BBQ and mac & cheese, I do prefer eating a plant-based diet.
I get asked questions all the time about why I eat primarily vegan. Most questions are thoughtful and genuine; others are downright hilarious. So once and for all, I thought it’d be fun to compile the best ones for folks to refer to. Here we go:
But why? I’ve learned that the harder or further I run, the more my intestines hate me. Like, a lot. I have Runner’s Colitis, which is like a self-inflicted Ulcerative Colitis. Gross. Through experimenting, I found that eating unprocessed, plant-based meals helps my body handle the miles better.
Aren’t you hungry? Hell to the no! Plants are jam-packed with fiber and vitamins that actually fill me up much faster than regular, processed food. Which, if you know me, is almost impossible to do. I am a bottomless pit.
Don’t you need protein? Yes. But as my friend and fellow Resolute Runner Kevin says, “where do cows get their protein?” Plants have a ton of protein (check out this article for protein-packed veggies), and most Americans have too much protein in their diets anyway.
Does all your food taste like dirt? No. Because I am a good cook. Does your meat taste like death?
How do you have enough energy to do things? Silly person, plants have all the vitamins and nutrients you need to be a beast. By eating vegan and plant-based meals, I don’t get empty calories, chemicals, or filler crap in my food.
Don’t you like meat? Yes. That’s why I’m a convenient vegan and can eat my weight in burgers. Though I pay dearly for it afterwards.
Don’t you miss cheese and ice cream? Yes, sometimes. But you actually get used to not having dairy fairly quickly. It doesn’t even cross my mind to cook with it anymore. Though don’t try vegan mac & cheese recipes—they’re all a huge letdown.
Does your husband resent your diet? No. I make him his own meat and cheese-laden meals every night. Lucky bastard.
Do you fart more? No. Because girls don’t fart. Ever. Even if she eats beans every day.
Full disclosure—I will be abandoning vegan-dom for Thanksgiving, but will be right back at it the moment I get home.
Do you have any questions? Or, if you’re a vegan, what do you get asked?