There are many misconceptions surrounding the vegetarian life; Some good and some bad. Over the years, like feminists, vegetarians and vegans have become lobbyists and now it is no longer about healthy eating; just a dietary competition.
Many people end up on the vegetarian team, not because they want to, but because they have heard some interesting points about veganism and they certainly want to see them. Similarly, some vegetarians abandon their diets to embrace the life of meat, and these same misconceptions are often to blame. That said, these are some of the most common misconceptions around vegetarianism.
Vegan food is boring
While it is true that a vegetarian diet leaves you with only a few fast food options, there are many recipes to make a wide variety of vegan food. The problem is that you are too lazy to investigate and explore them. On the other hand, non-vegan food generally involves meat, and if you think about it, non-vegans are actually the ones with limited options. But again, if your definition of “boring” is synonymous with double standards, then be my guest.
A vegetarian diet will make you skinny
Okay, there is some truth to this belief, but it is not 100% accurate. Your body is an organic mass and you cannot expect to lose 10 pounds simply because you avoid meat. Staying in shape is not only subject to diet, but also to lifestyle. If you really want to lose weight, going vegan should be just one part of the package. You should consider other tips for smart living, like exercising.
Vegetarianism requires total abstinence from any type of meat or fatty foods.
This is a big one. Most people engage in vegetarianism with the false idea that they have to be fully committed to the rather “hostile” diet. But hey, this is not a prison. It’s your lifestyle and you can adopt your own personalized eating habit. You don’t have to be so hard on yourself. Vegetarianism is a choice for a healthy life, not a dictatorship for your body. The real question is why you are doing it. If you can answer that, then you can choose what works perfectly for you.
Vegetarian food is protein deficient
If you think the only protein source in the world is meat, you need to think again. I mean, sure, vegetarians have to put a little more effort into their diet to increase their protein levels, but that doesn’t mean they are going to die from kwashiorkor. Foods like beans, nuts and spinach and rich in protein and therefore excellent supplements for your vegetarian diet.
Vegetarians are strict beings who intend to prohibit people from eating meat altogether.
Contrary to what most people believe, vegetarians take care of their own affairs. They have their own reasons for adopting the full-time regime and they are determined to stick with it. Of course, there are some hotheads here and there, but for the most part, they hardly care what their carnivorous counterparts decide to take on.
You will never be full of vegan food
Again, your laziness is to blame in this case. Foods like peanut stew and garlic soup, just to name a few recipes, are the perfect solution for your notorious stomach. It’s all about how brave you are to be vegan.
Different people go for or against the vegetarian lifestyle for different reasons. But sometimes these reasons are based on false truths in society. It is always important to do thorough research before trying something new, especially when it comes to things that have a direct impact on your body. My last word is simple. Being a vegetarian is a choice and you can approach it however you want. Just don’t let these misconceptions stop you.