9 Reasons Vegans Hate Veganism

9 Reasons Vegans Hate Veganism

Pass me the B-12; I think I have a headache.
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When I started a plant-based diet this past July, I noticed immediate benefits. My cardio improved, I felt more energized, and waking up and going to bed became effortless. I felt so good. I wondered why the whole world even bothered eating meat. As usual when I have a question, I went straight to the Internet. It seems everyone has an opinion on veganism, whether they have tried it or not. However, I paid most attention to those articles written by current and former vegans. I learned many vegans lacked the necessary education to adopt the diet correctly. Yes, people can eat only fruits, vegetables, and grains and still be unhealthy. Due to their exclusion of two major food groups, dairy and meat, vegans more than omnivores need to watch their nutrition. Taken from personal experience and online health articles, here are X reasons vegans don’t hate the players, but hate the game:

1. “You’re not living life!”

“How can you enjoy yourself without having a steak in life?” Bad puns aside, a daily annoyance comes from the comments of people perplexed as to how vegans can be anything but miserable. Personally, I feel happier knowing I can eat what I want. It’s a lifestyle choice, not a death sentence. If I wanted to eat meat, I could; I simply prefer to veg-out.

2. “Veganism? What even is that?”

The confusion about veganism partly has to do with the diets that resemble it, such as plant-based diets and vegetarianism, and ovopescatarianism, Vegans maintain a lifestyle much stricter than simply eating a plant-based diet, like mine. According to The Vegan Society (yes, one exists), they also seek to exclude “all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” While always answering veganism questions must grow exhausting, it does make it easier for vegans to indoctrinate more people into their cult-like society.

3. “Oh, so you think I’m a bad person because I eat meat?”

Everyone has a different ideal diet. One man’s tofu is another man’s poison. Besides that, people need to consume animal products, the only natural source of B-12 appropriate for human assimilation. Vegans can only do what they do because of modern vitamins. Otherwise, veganism (and vegans) would have been dead a long time ago.

4. “But where do you get your protein?”

“Cool beans, hot rice, put’em together to bring out the spice.” The myth of protein combining—putting multiple non-animal derived foods together to make a “complete” protein—has been debunked by the American Dietetic Association since 1988. Vegans can reach their recommended daily protein intake by varying their diet to include enough of all essential amino acids. Nancy Clark explains, “It’s not that there aren’t good sources of vegan protein. But it’s not as bioavailable as meat. So you need to have more.” Which explains why not all vegans are skin and bone. Amazing.

5. “What about vitamin D?”

When it comes to vitamin D, people are sort of like plants. Just exposing their skin to the sun, people produce enough vitamin D to meet the recommended daily amount. According to DavyandTracy.com, this means, “for a light-skinned person, 15-30 minutes of full sun exposure on the face and arms each day . . . . Darker skinned people will need more exposure.” Most people can get the vitamin D they need with a little sunbathing. So if you’re vegan, skip the spray tan and hit the beach.

6. “Vegans are stupid. They can’t get all their vital nutrients without meat.”

I will repeat this as many times as necessary: People were not meant to be vegan. Without vitamin B-12 supplements. They. Would. Die. What happens if people lack vitamin B-12? To name a few, symptoms include “loss of energy, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes.” Some people think mental health is overrated, but I prefer eating nuts over being nuts, so pass me the B-12.

7. “Veganism can’t do that much for your cholesterol, can it?”

The evidence might be anecdotal, but I don’t care. My cardio has improved so much since I switched to eating only plants, it’s one of the main reasons I hate my diet. I feel so good, I am almost afraid to eat meat and lose those cardio gains.

8. “I would never go vegan, even for health reasons. Meat tastes too good!”

Nobody has to go vegan to eat healthy. Rather, according to D. Enette Larson Meyer, public health would improve tremendously not by convincing everyone to turn vegan, but simply “eat one less serving of meat every day.” Says Dr. Kim Williams, “Simply reducing the amount of animal products in your diet lowers your risk of high blood pressure.” As usual, moderation rather than absolutism is the rule.

9. "What's it like waking up every day hating yourself?"

Veganism has its pros and cons, but vegans choose the lifestyle because they believe it’s good for them. Omnivores eat meat and plants because they believe it’s good for them. Diets, like people, are tricky. At the end of the day, everyone should listen to their body before cutting out entire food groups. Your diet should make you healthy. If it can’t do that, consider changing it. Otherwise, do it because you love it. If you don’t love it, maybe you should start.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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Living With Celiac Disease

Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention; I even had adults tell me this too.

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At the age of eight, I experienced horrible stomach pain, weakness, and illness. I was doubled over, and I didn't know why I'd felt so horrible. It wasn't the kind of pain you feel when you have the flu, or when you have cramps. It was a different kind of pain, but I knew it wasn't good. My parents didn't know what was wrong with me either. The only thing my dad had suspected was that perhaps I was intolerant to gluten.

For those who don't know, gluten is found in many food items that primarily contain grains or are often high in carbs. This isn't to say that all foods with carbs or grains have gluten, but they oftentimes do. Gluten is a protein within wheat that is the primary ingredient in cake, pizza, and bread. It is even sometimes in food that you would never suspect, like Twizzlers. It's also synonymous with ingredients like monosodium glutamate, malt, barley…etc.

I tell you that to tell you this:
At eight years old, I was told I had celiac disease. Which just means that my body is unable to digest and break down gluten, preventing me from absorbing vital nutrients.

My dad found out later in his life that he was gluten intolerant after many years of breakouts and complications. He had ascertained the idea that maybe I had also carried this gene and that was why I was in so much pain. Each time we digest gluten, our body attacks our small intestine, killing off what is called villi. My body was in so much pain because I was eating gluten.

After taking gluten products completely out of my diet, I felt 100% better. I was no longer in intense pain, I no longer had rashes, and all other symptoms went away. From then on, I had to watch what I ate, as if I was on a life-long diet.

As you can imagine, this was a ton of responsibility for me as an eight-year-old because I now had to constantly check every label there ever was, make sure that the food I was eating at school didn't have any sort of gluten in it, and I was also now a novelty at school. Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention. I even had adults tell me this too. They thought I was being hypersensitive.

I had to remember everywhere I went that I had to avoid eating gluten. Do you know how hard that is? It's in so many things. When I was young, not many people knew what celiac disease was. There weren't any gluten-free alternatives out there, so I was eating lots of rice, beans, and salad. I had a very limited food palette. I could no longer have the amazing foods I enjoyed like pizza, garlic rolls, cake, or even ravioli. Although it seems odd, ravioli and spaghetti-o's were my favorite then and I was no longer able to have them. It crushed me.

Having celiac disease was hard as a child because when I went to birthday parties, I couldn't eat most of the food they provided. I couldn't enjoy birthday cake or the pizza that most people ordered. I always had to bring my own food and explain why every time. It seems silly, but I often felt left out. Not being 'normal' because of my allergy made me feel like an outcast. You'd think you wouldn't feel like that, but it generated a lot of those negative feelings because I was a burden to feed due to my allergy.

Fast forward 13 years later, I still have to be careful of what I eat. Celiac disease is something I'll never get rid of. It's a part of my DNA, and there's a good chance my kids will also carry the gene and deal with the same issues.

I don't usually tell people I have celiac disease because I can sometimes get away with having trace amounts of gluten and still be mostly okay. But when I accidentally eat gluten, I pay the consequences. There are times when I accidentally eat it and feel like I can't get out of bed because of the stomach pain. I joke that the pain is so horrible that I feel like I'm dying, but it really does feel severe in the moment.

Being gluten intolerant, I spend quite a bit more money on groceries because I have to find gluten-free food and it's way more expensive. Because gluten-free became a fad diet, more places began offering alternatives and it was easier for me to find foods I liked. When I find gluten-free goodies that aren't normally gluten-free in restaurants, you bet my eyes light up! It's exciting but also a relief.

Being gluten-free has oftentimes felt like a curse, but it's also a blessing sometimes.

The upside to this is that researchers are looking into developing a pill that will help those with celiac disease digest gluten easier and/or subside symptoms completely. So hopefully soon, I'll be able to eat the foods I once loved without feeling ill.

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