10 Common Misconceptions About Veganism It's Time To Root Out

10 Common Misconceptions About Veganism It's Time To Root Out

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Veganism is often a highly debated topic that engages many people. Many people, mostly those are non-vegans, have strong opinions about how to live this lifestyle. However, being able to have a conversation about the benefits and challenges of veganism means having the proper information. There are many common misconceptions about being vegan and with a few simple Google searches, they can easily be cleared up.

1. Vegans don't know what they're talking about.

Not to speak for everyone, but for the most part, people do extensive research before transitioning to veganism. It can have a large impact on the body and it's important to understand what's to come. A big part of this is learning about the food industry, how plant-based eating can nourish you compared to non-plant-based, and what adjustments are necessary to live a healthy life as a vegan. So when people engage vegans in arguments about a lifestyle they don't understand themselves, know that most of us have an extensive amount of knowledge to fall back on.

2. All vegans want you to be vegan too.

A common stereotype is that all vegans are preachy and want to shove it down your throat. While passion can be misinterpreted as being preachy, it does not mean that vegans want to force you into living this lifestyle as well. We understand that not everyone can go vegan for multiple reasons, including health, access to food, etc. Instead, I happily encourage it if it's possible for you!

3. Vegan lifestyles = not enough protein.

This common misconception comes up frequently. Many people believe that meat is the only source of protein and that other foods don't contain the recommended amount of protein. On the contrary, there are many other plant-based foods that serve as excellent sources of protein, ones that you probably enjoy as well. Additionally, there are supplements that vegans can take to ensure they are getting everything they need.

4. Vegans only eat lettuce.

This one often appears as a joke on Twitter, usually with a picture of grass to accompany it. As previously discussed, there are tons of options and options for vegans! As plant-based eating continues to become more common, more and more establishments are creating more dishes for vegans. Additionally, we can make just about anything vegan with the right ingredients.

5. Calcium only comes from dairy.

Along with protein, calcium is another essential nutrient that many non-vegans are concerned about when it comes to vegans. While dairy companies may have lead you to believe that calcium only comes from cows, it's not true! Calcium can be found in many foods such as vegetables, whole grains, fruit. Most milk alternatives typically have a higher amount of calcium than cow's milk.

6. Eating plant-based is more expensive.

A plant-based diet typically consists of many staple foods like beans, grains, pasta, etc. Being staple foods, these are usually also incorporated into the diets of those who are non-vegan as well. It is important to address these staples and other options are not always accessible (food deserts) but for those who do have access, it is definitely possible to eat plant-based on a budget.

7. "Not eating meat must be SO hard."

It's really not that difficult. For many people, once you have seen how the meat and dairy industries work and how these foods affect you, it becomes much easier to keep animal products out of your diet. It may be a challenge when first transitioning but keeping in mind that there are so many vegan alternatives to meat, milk, cheese, etc., it's not too hard.

8. Vegans are physically weak.

Since some think that vegans don't get enough nutrients, this must mean that they're not strong, right? Wrong! If you're considering going vegan but concerned about keeping up with you training/lifting, take some advice from these vegan bodybuilders as well as the many vegan professional athletes (hello, Venus Williams).

9. There's only one type of vegan.

Being vegan means abstaining from animal products. Some people apply this to their lives only when it comes to their diet, some people choose to be ethical vegans as well (not buying makeup, clothes, etc. that involve any mistreatment of animals, and there are those who choose to be raw vegans, meaning they don't eat any form of processed food.

10. Everyone lives a vegan lifestyle the same way.

There's no one way to be vegan that we all have to live by.People become vegan for all sorts of different reasons and everyone adopts this lifestyle in a way that is most beneficial to them. There's no reason to judge!

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Party In College

They are rare, I know.
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I know what you all are thinking, she is just writing the article to brag on herself or to show the world the kind of person she is. No, I am writing this article to the girl out there who feels as if she is alone.

Not being a part of the party season is not the most popular thing to do on a college campus.

Most people spend their days thinking about what they will do at night. Life pretty much revolves around the next party. But for people like me, it isn't spent thinking about alcohol or the next party I'm going to attend. And that can get pretty lonely.

It is not like I sit and wallow in my sadness or ever feel like my friends leave me out because I don't drink. I have great friends that support every decision I make.

But, some are not that lucky.

Some girls don't have the support system like me and I am here to tell you to never compromise the person you want to be just because you don't fit in. If you don't want to party, don't give in just because your friends are pressuring you into. Not to sound cliche, but find new friends because they are not your real ones.

Choosing to stay true to you will pay off in the end, and you won't regret it. I promise.

I don't know why you choose to not attend the party scene, but I would be hindering my calling if I didn't tell you why I don't. I know this guy, and his name is Jesus. He is my best friend and the person I talk to about everything. It is because of Him that I decided to not party, to set an example for the people around me.

But, I am also not 21. So I don't think, by any means, that me having a margarita when I turn 21 is hurting my reputation or my testimony.

I firmly believe that alcohol isn't a sin when consumed in the right ways. I also don't ever see myself as a partier, 21 or not. Partying is a way of conforming and a way of becoming what this fallen world deems acceptable.

So to the girl who fails to be the typical college partier, I commend you. I look up to you. I respect you. I want you to know how rare you are. You choosing to not party and rise above the college standard is something you will never regret. I don't believe that my college years are boring because of the way I decide to live my life. I wish that I could befriend each and every girl relating to this article.

So, when those Friday nights get boring, remember that you are not alone. You are rising above the standard.

Sincerely,

The girl who doesn't party in college

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February of last year I wrote my very first post about Little Bad Wolf's highly underrated burger in Chicago. Give that one a read, my detail is comical – no joke.

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Since that tasty treat at Little Bad Wolf, there are others to share the spotlight and applaud! Here are my recent and ever-growing list of burgers to try when you are in the Chicago city limits.

Easter came early last year, April 1, and you bet I took full advantage to get a burger right after that day. I set my sights on Southport Corridor Brewery's burger. Listed at a reasonable $14, your plate presents itself with a double-steak patty, mustard herb mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, Detroit pickles, and a sesame bun! Pair that sandwich with a tasty beer on their rotating menu, and its lights out. Beer, burgers, and oh, did I mention their vinyl selection? Make it a top stop the next time you are in the area.

A few months later, enjoying a week away with the boys, we stopped at a local establishment in Richmond, IL called the Richmond Brathaus. They have a Hawaiian-take on what they title, the Maui Wowee, and boy was I floored from that creation. Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, cherry wood smoked bacon, grilled pineapple and cherry chipotle BBQ combine for what is an excellent sandwich – but to top it off, I got the "Haus fries," which contain chili and cheese – savory heaven. If you are just over the border in Wisconsin, map search "Richmond BratHaus," I guarantee you are going to like what you eat.

My last burger of 2018 was at a newer establishment in the West Loop from the West Coast (California), known as Ballast Point Brewery. The Ballast Point beers speak for themselves, from their "sculpin" line to specialty barrel aged, and rose-influenced beers. They are always top quality. On a cold winter night, there was nothing I wanted more than a delicious burger from this establishment. After a thorough look at the menu, my eyes kept wandering back to the West Coast Griddle Burger, which had American cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and "wonder" sauce on a brioche bun. They also offer you the option of three in-house sauces as dipping options for your fries. Do it. Even if it is not for the burger, go to the place, especially in the summer for their rooftop!

After four months, my journey for the best burgers in Chicago continues. I continually check Google for listings and names, making sure I am still on the best path. If you have any suggestions, feel free to shoot me a comment or message – recommendations are always welcomed by this guy. Until next time, keep eating, good eats!

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