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Here’s how to get the right nutrients in your diet when you’re vegan

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If you’re a vegan or thinking about making the switch, it’s important to note that following a plant-only diet can present a number of nutritional challenges. A vegan diet can make it more difficult to supply your body with the right amount of nutrients each day, for example. So it’s important to carefully plan your meals to ensure you consume a wide variety of highly nourishing foods. There are three crucial areas to be aware of on a day-to-day basis:

The 18 Most Annoying Things About Being Vegan

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1. People who pronounce it “vaygun.”

Vaygun sounds like we came to Earth from the planet Vega. Which…actually, now that sounds kind of cool. Keep on saying that, grandmas who say “vaygun.” We can’t stay mad at you.

People who pronounce it "vaygun."

2. Everyone you know is suddenly a nutrition expert.

Seriously with this protein thing.

Everyone you know is suddenly a nutrition expert.

3. Suboptimal fake meats

Let’s be honest — there are some truly fantastic vegan alternatives out there…but we’re not 100% there yet.

Suboptimal fake meats

4. The vegan option at a restaurant is ALWAYS a wrap.

Ah, wraps. I dimly remember — roughly 10,000 wraps ago — when I used to not HATE EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR.

The vegan option at a restaurant is ALWAYS a wrap.

5. The vegan option at a wedding is ALWAYS grilled vegetables.

I don’t want to seem ungrateful, and I’m certainly not going to complain, but that looks like A LOT of zucchini. Is all. Whatever, forget it. Thank you for inviting me to your wedding and for providing a vegan option when you didn’t have to. I am a terrible person. I take this one back.

The vegan option at a wedding is ALWAYS grilled vegetables.

6. And let’s not even talk about continental breakfast at a hotel…

Free breakfast sounds sooooo good until you realize that literally the only thing you can eat is hash browns with a side of hash browns, with a black coffee. Yes, fine – also a fruit cup. But, like, this is a secret and don’t tell anyone, but vegans feel pretty much the same way about fruit cups as everyone else does.

And let's not even talk about continental breakfast at a hotel...

7. Getting constantly trapped under the weight of your own logic…

…and having to be like, “Yes, true. OK, that is a great point, but also…remember how this all began with me just politely turning down the cheese dip? YOU STARTED THIS NIGHTMARE CONVERSATION. You just forgot that you did.” GODDAMN IT, CHELSEA.

Getting constantly trapped under the weight of your own logic...

8. Secretly finding this funny.

Sometimes a good burn is just a good burn.

Secretly finding this funny.

9. People saying “humans are ‘meant’ to be carnivores.”

Meant? Meant? By whom?

10. Getting lumped in with the gluten-free people.

For Christ’s sake, it’s already hard enough!!!

Getting lumped in with the gluten-free people.

11. The “vegan at a dinner party” joke.

Because it’s fucking true. 🙁

The "vegan at a dinner party" joke.

12. No, seriously. The “vegan at a dinner party” joke.

THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, VEGANS.

No, seriously. The "vegan at a dinner party" joke.

13. People saying stuff like this and thinking they’ve vanquished you with their genius.

“Oh no, I have been defeaaaaated. I would like to formally apologize for initiating this discussion by asking the waiter to hold the cheese on my veggie burger. Please immediately begin force-feeding me hard-boiled eggs until I explode under the weight of my own contradictions. It’s all I deserve.”

People saying stuff like this and thinking they've vanquished you with their genius.

14. Not being able to eat cheese.

Not gonna lie, miss that stuff.

Not being able to eat cheese.

15. Cake at the office.

I want to join in but I can’t. 🙁

Cake at the office.

16. People who don’t know peanut butter doesn’t have butter and coconut milk doesn’t have milk.

17. Being called a hypocrite if you feed your pet meat, and crazy if you don’t.

18. Other Vegans

Ugh — other vegans are THE WORST. Who talks like this???

Other Vegans

6 Ways To Stop Ruining Veganism For Everyone

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I’m a vegan. I love vegan food. I like some vegan people. But most people don’t.Some vegans are ruining veganism for the rest of the human population. It’s time to take a stand and stop the madness!

9 things all vegans who travel know to be true

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Whether opting for a simple city break or an exotic retreat, vegans who travel take their convictions with them. And there’s plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while championing animal welfare. Here are nine things that all vegan travellers will know.

There’s A Big Difference Between A Plant-Based Diet And A Vegan Diet

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By huffpost
Reducetarianflexitarianvegetarian ― there’s a diet out there for everyone. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure we get it all straight. One diet (or lifestyle) that’s been gaining in popularity among nutritionists, celebritiesand millennials is the whole foods plant-based diet. The diet mostly appeals to anyone who’s looking to live a healthier lifestyle, but its smaller environmental footprint makes it particularly appealing to millennials. If you’ve heard people talking about a whole foods plant-based diet, you may have thought this was basically just another word for veganism, but you’d be wrong. Really wrong. And we’re going to explain why.

Vegans abstain from eating any animal products. According to The Vegan Society, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” This means that many vegans also don’t purchase leather goods. But it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re eating lots of whole foods plant-based meals. Vegans could get through life eating processed foods and snubbing their veggies just like anyone else. Think potato chips, (vegan-friendly) gummy candy, and even cookies.

whole foods plant-based diet, on the other hand, emphasizes eating whole fruits and vegetables, consuming lots of whole grains, and staying away from (or at least minimizing) the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons. That means that even vegan desserts made with refined sugar or bleached flour are out. It does not restrict their purchase of leather goods.

There are no strict guidelines or definitions for what constitute a whole foods plant-based diet other than focusing on eating lots of fresh produce and minimally processed foods. Some people on a whole foods plant-based diet don’t eat any animal products, while others will eat a restricted amount. It’s flexible in that way, but strict in its focus on eating whole foods.

We’re not saying that a vegan can’t be on a whole foods plant-based diet or vice versa, but the two are not interchangeable and we want to make sure you know it.

This guy drank ten cans of Coke a day. Here’s what he looked like after a month…

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A lot has been and still is said about the dangers of excessive sugar consumption, and there is much criticism of brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi for playing a role in this unhealthy development.

8 Foods You’ll Be Surprised To Learn Aren’t Always Vegan

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By Julie R. Thomson
We live in a very vegan-friendly food world these days. Even Ben & Jerry’s has put out a couple of vegan flavors. Unfortunately, not all foods are so nice.  We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but there’s a chance that some of your favorite foods are not as vegan-friendly as you may have thought. You probably already know that honey isn’t vegan and you know the ugly truth about red food dye (it’s made out of crushed beetles), but there are more foods you’d never suspect are made with the help of animal products. We’re talking candy, beer and sometimes even cereal.

GOING VEGAN IS HARD: 8 INCONVENIENT TRUTHS WE ALL NEED TO ADMIT

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OK, before I get bombarded with comments on how I am trying to scare people off veganism, let me get this straight: I do think going vegan can be very easy, once you set your belief system and mind into it. Yet, there are some ‘hard’ aspects of it that people should be prepared for. How would you feel if someone told you swimming was easy, without letting you know what exactly you should expect when you go into the water? Most likely, you will start choking! And quickly give up… It’s a good idea to admit some of the difficulties of going vegan and take the pink glasses off for a little while.

You Might Not Believe It, But These 27 Foods Are Vegan

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There are more people turning to the vegan lifestyle now than ever before. Being vegan means that you can’t eat any animal products, which cuts out common ingredients such as meat, dairy, and eggs.

This can often be difficult, especially when you start to feel hangry after your oh-so-boring history lecture and need a quick go-to snack. If you’re looking for a delectable treat that fits the vegan lifestyle, munch down on one of these completely vegan snacks (although I can’t guarantee they will be the most nutritious choices).

1. Nutter Butters

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The Ultimate Healthy and Clean Vegan Protein Cheat Sheet

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Protein is a necessary dietary staple. In the body, amino acids, the building blocks of life, are made by ribosomes located in the endoplasmic reticulum of cells. These proteins then form tissues, organs, organ systems, and make up the entire human body.

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