Shattering Myths About Plant-Based Diets #4

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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

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13 Responses to “Shattering Myths About Plant-Based Diets #4”

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  1. Shirley J. says:

    I do feel more aware and sensitive to suffering.

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  2. dorothy mora says:

    i am 85-90% vegan, so i hope it’s ok for me to post. i do not find deprivation to be an issue- ok sometimes frustration when i am somewhere it’s hard to find appopriate choices. mostly i find it helps me to eat a healthier diet. as i live in a remote area with very limited choices, i must cook and create meals. yum!

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  3. Carly Bulger says:

    I definitely feel more fulfilled with my diet now than I did as a vegetarian.

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  4. A vegan diet is not about deprivation (and I need to avoid gluten too, so I know about limitations!)–other people just think it is, which is why it is so hard to get good vegan options at mainstream restaurants and non-understanding family members think everything has to be so difficult! It can be challenging and requires creativity sometimes, but there is no need for deprivation!

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  5. Joan me says:

    I enjoy MORE foods than I did before being a vegan-and they’re so delicious! It’s an extra step but definitely worth it.

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  6. Karin Street says:

    I enjoy vegan food greatly. I tend to cheat on rare rare occassions. Like one of the other readers living with limited choices to shop I do fall prey to an occassional slip. I must say I do regret it afterwards enormously. Yes, I am almost there – 90 %.

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  7. i used to be the child that would cry at the dinner table if presented with anything remotely green or healthy! but now my palate is so cleansed as a vegan! i have an obsession with foods i never would have touched before- especially brussel sprouts and sweet potatos. with a little bit of passionate research i have found more more options as a vegan and i feel so empowered!

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  8. My quality of life has improved! I love cooking so much more now!

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  9. love the lightness of all the fullfilling foods!

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  10. My quality of life has only improved. Like the survey said, I enjoy cooking MORE than ever before… and I love experimenting with food and spices! I can’t imagine being a vegan making your life worse!

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  11. Amy Davidson says:

    I am a vegan and my quality of life has only improved, it has not suffered in any way at all :)

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  12. once in a great while, i have a craving, usually for bacon lol but for the most part, i’m eating such a diverse diet now and having such a good time at it, i don’t feel deprived at all!

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  13. Gail Davis says:

    Contrary to popular belief, vegan food is not about deprivation, but rather it’s a celebration–of taste, texture, and color! It’s appealing to the eye and enticing to the palate. Food never tasted quite this good until I began eating so healthfully and compassionately.

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