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3 Vegan Mistakes That Could Kill You

Vegans make unhealthy mistakes. I know this because I am a vegan who makes unhealthy mistakes.

I remember when I first went vegetarian and I had the dreams of greatness in my imagination. I was going to be an inspiration to people and all of my friends would stop eating meat when they saw how healthy and vibrant I was.

In reality I gained 12 pounds and looked horrible for a while. As it turns out, you can go vegan and still be unhealthy! With so many vegan burgers, vegan chicken and vegan cheese out there you can practically eat the exact same meals you ate before the switch.

This is really great for saving animals so I’m all for it. If you want to go vegan and eat that way it’s a win for the plant and the animals. But it’s not great for your health. And being a girl I can say this, it can be bad for your figure too. Are you accidentally eating things that are harming your health?

1. Eating too much bread

1. Eating too much bread One of the foods that vegans turn too from their very first day is bread. We are all comfortable with bread. Bread is comforting. And you can find vegan bread very easily and it taste great! This includes fresh vegan baked goods and pasta. While I can understand using it as a crutch to fill the void when you are making the transition, you have to let it go. While it is a good course of carbs and energy it is not a good source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Eat bread in a healthy proportion. It shouldn't be 50% of your diet!

One of the foods that vegans turn too from their very first day is bread. We are all comfortable with bread. Bread is comforting. And you can find vegan bread very easily and it taste great! This includes fresh vegan baked goods and pasta. While I can understand using it as a crutch to fill the void when you are making the transition, you have to let it go. While it is a good course of carbs and energy it is not a good source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Eat bread in a healthy proportion. It shouldn’t be 50% of your diet!

 

2. Not eating enough

2. Not eating enough After switching from a SAD diet to a vegan lifestyle many people will continue to try and eat less. The problem with this is whole foods like vegetables and fruit generally don't have nearly as many calories as the food they were eating before. So they are always hungry, they feel bad and they start to think this vegan diet is horrible. The truth is you need to eat! As long as you are trying to make your meals and snacks mostly delicious whole foods then you can eat a lot more! Don't be hungry. Eat!

After switching from a SAD diet to a vegan lifestyle many people will continue to try and eat less. The problem with this is whole foods like vegetables and fruit generally don’t have nearly as many calories as the food they were eating before. So they are always hungry, they feel bad and they start to think this vegan diet is horrible. The truth is you need to eat! As long as you are trying to make your meals and snacks mostly delicious whole foods then you can eat a lot more! Don’t be hungry. Eat!

3. Eat too many oils and bad fats

3. Eat too many oils and bad fats Another food that makes its way from the SAD diet to a vegan diet is oils. These oils and fats may be vegan but they are still bad for you. I suggest you only keep the very best types of oils and fats in your kitchen and throw the rest out. Some of the good ones are extra virgin seed oils, coconut oil, avocado and nuts.

Another food that makes its way from the SAD diet to a vegan diet is oil. These oils and fats may be vegan but they are still bad for you. I suggest you only keep the very best types of oils and fats in your kitchen and throw the rest out. Some of the good ones are extra virgin seed oils, coconut oil, avocado and nuts.

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20 Comments

  1. Breads, sweets, and oils still have to be used sparingly. Eat the good stuff that doesn’t come in a package.

  2. Diets are useless if people do not exercise! I actually eat less potatoes because I used to pair them with meat when I was a carnivore. If you eat a lot of carbs, have your workout sessions near that time period.

  3. I’m surprised I don’t really eat bread. I think it’s because I live alone now, so it always just goes bad 🙂 french fries though, ugh help me haha

    I am hungry, a lot though. But I only really notice when I eat poorly that day (eating out) but on my work days are when I eat well, (sandwich, yogurt, fruit at lunch, avocado on my first break, those avocados are filling!) then take the time to make a nice balanced dinner when I get home from work! I need to eat a bigger breakfast though, I just love my waffles lol

  4. I have never done any of these! Holla! Lol. Except for the occasional fat day I don’t like too much bread or pasta, I eat CONSTANTLY to get enough calories and I actually have always hated anything fatty, greasy or fried.

  5. Thanks, this is very helpful for me. I have been a vegetarian for almost 10 years and I go back and forth with veganism. Right now I am transisitioning back into veganism and bread’s a big issue for me. Im trying to eat more beans to stay full but some days tend to be harder than others

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