Continuing with our coverage of Vegan From the Inside, the 2011 survey by author Janice Stanger which explores myths about veganism, here is Myth #4 about plant-based diets. We’d love to hear what you think in the comments at the end of the article. You can read our earlier coverage here: Myth #1, Myth #2, Myth #3.
MYTH #4 : A vegan diet is all about deprivation and lower quality of life.
FACTS FROM THE SURVEY:
Again, just about every respondent enjoyed their food and virtually all intend to stay on their eating plan forever. Plant-based eaters indicated other rewards of their diet, including enjoying cooking more (73.4%), making a difference for animals (90.8%) and the environment (86.3%), feeling closer to animals and nature (70.5%), helping others by being a good role model (69.6%), and feeling more spiritual (41.6%).
Having chronic conditions and low energy from a poor diet leads to deprivation, while being in vibrant, vigorous health is all about enjoying life to the max. Moving toward a purpose is one of life’s most fulfilling experiences.
IN RESPONDENTS’ OWN WORDS:
“In all I have made new friends, cook more foods, am more aware of the provenance and nutrition of what I eat, and feel like I can be a good ambassador for veganism.”
“The food is great – I’m eating a much more diverse diet than I did as a meat-eater and even as a vegetarian… I’ve never enjoyed cooking and baking so much.”
“I absolutely love being vegan. Always said I couldn’t do it because of a love for cheese, and now I can’t imagine eating cheese. It seems so heavy and clogging… like it’s just permanently with you. I feel amazing now!”
“The cravings I used to have for cheese or meat have totally disappeared. It sometimes feels like my body is sighing and saying thanks for not making it deal with that weird stuff anymore!”
“Going vegan has been the most soul satisfying experience of my life. I feel so inter-connected to human and non-human animals. Being vegan feels so natural to me now that it’s hard to believe I wasn’t vegan at one time.”
We’ll be covering some more of these busted myths later in the week! For information on this survey or author Janice Stanger, visit: www.perfectformuladiet.com
We’d love to hear your thoughts on these issues. For those of you who are vegan, do you feel that your quality of life has suffered in any way? Share your experiences in the comments, we’ll pick one of you to win today’s Everyday Giveaway for free Earth