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5 Reasons It Sucks To Be Vegan

If you have been vegan for more than 5 minutes you have probably ran into someone who hates you. That’s one of the reasons it sucks to be vegan. What is it about the vegan lifestyle that makes people lose their minds?

I was in Walmart buying a bicycle for my nephew a couple of weeks ago and I was wearing one of my vegan shirts. I swear to god this really large woman in a huge dress tapped me on the shoulder and asked “Are you one of them weird people that don’t eat no meat?”

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I was kind of surprised someone would be so forward with a complete stranger so it made me nervous. I backed away a couple of steps and told her I was a vegan and no, I do not eat meat. I wish I had a picture of the look she gave me but I don’t. It looked something like that though.

She launched into a tirade about how vegans don’t respect anyone’s rights. She informed me that vegan food isn’t healthy. Then she started talking about how vegan activist break the law by freeing research animals. My mind was blown!

Have you ever had something like this happen to you? I was minding my own business and she was attacking me, telling me how I didn’t respect anyone. But somehow I was the problem because I was wearing a vegan shirt. It was pretty scary and I walked away. Below is the shirt I was wearing by the way. Not offensive at all.

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This post isn’t meant to be nearly as intense as that encounter was. But it will point out some stupid reasons people like to hate vegans, followed by my response as to why they are wrong. If you have ever been startled by a stranger because you are vegan, attacked on Facebook because you are vegan, or had friends and family say hurtful things to you, then this post is for you!

1. Vegans can’t even enjoy simple things like burgers and fries.
Be honest. How many times have you heard something like this? It’s just wrong, wrong, wrong! I’m a burger connoisseur so I would know! Some of the best burgers I have ever eaten have been VEGAN! And no animals had to die. And you seriously want to bring fries into the picture?

I just want to scream “You do realize fries are POTATOES right!? Potatoes are vegan!” But I don’t. I try to be factual and polite. Below are some of my favorite vegan burger recipes to silence to vegan burger haters. You can check them out or scroll past them for stupid vegan comment #2!

Peanut and Sweet Potato Burger Recipe

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Ultimate Vegan Burger, Fries and Shake

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Vegan BBQ Lentil Burger

BBQ Lentil Veggie Burger

The Healthy Vegan Burger

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There just as many vegan ‘junk foods’ as there are for meat eaters. Vegans do tend to eat healthier though because our palets are not drenched with animal fats all day. So things taste better to most of us. Even things like kale!

 

2. Vegans only eat nuts and twigs. There’s no variety
Wrong! Even raw food vegans have a huge variety of vegan foods to choose from. Between fruit, vegetables, berries, nuts and seeds the food options are endless. No matter what you like you will enjoy a vegan diet.

And of course for vegans who don’t only eat whole foods, their options are truly mind blowing. Below are just a couple of my favorite vegan meals. All of them delicious. And none of them are twigs. Check them out, or scroll past the recipes to read stupid vegan comment #3!

5 Amazing Tofu Meals

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Vegan Dessert Recipes

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Some of you will agree with this. I actually like tofu way better than I ever liked meat. It’s much lighter and so much easier to season. It will taste like whatever I want it to taste like. So yummy! And don’t get me started on vegan desserts. They are far better than traditional dessert recipes. Usually lower in sugar. Many of them sweetened by nature. And almost always made with fresh vegan food ingredients.

3. Vegans aren’t healthy, they need more protein
Wrong! The CDC and WHO have both recommended daily protein intake that is MUCH smaller than most Americans get daily. In fact, most Americans get so much animal protein it is slowly killing their kidneys.

The truth is that all whole foods like fruits and vegetables have plenty of protein to cover the needs of the human body. And plant based protein is much healthier for your body. But if you want to cook something up that is really loaded with protein you can. And it will be vegan and delicious!

22 Meals With More Protein Than A Cheeseburger

22 Vegan Meals With More Protein Than A Cheeseburger

7 Vegan Meals With More Protein Than Steak

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Just look at all of those vegan foods with protein. The recipes are delicious, nutritious, and cruelty free. The vegan diet has all of the nutrients you could ever need. Including protein. So please stop telling us vegans otherwise!

4. Vegans are pitiful creatures lacking in vitamins and minerals. They are weak and pathetic.
Wrong! Vegan body builders and athletes are some of the best in the world! Allow me to introduce you to some of them. Some you may know already and other you don’t.

Each of them have strong healthy bodies. And they all got this way eating a vegan diet and exercise. You have to eat high quality foods if you want to be healthy. And there is nothing more healthy than vegan food. Period. I’d also add vegan recipes are delicious too. So there’s that.

Frank Medrano

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How about Max, Simone, Richard and Arvid?

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Ok, so I’ll admit that I’m vegan and I don’t have a body like any of those people. But they are not aberrations. All vegans are healthy. And many of them are in the fitness industry. Body Builders, strengths, aerobics and more. A vegan body is a happy healthy body.

5. Vegans always think they are right and they are better than everyone else
Wrong! Well, actually vegans are better than everyone else in a lot of ways. I mean, we don’t have to be arrogant about it. But the facts really do speak for themselves.

Let’s consider the water shortage in California right now. If everyone in California were vegan they wouldn’t be having a water shortage. It takes so much more water to raise meat than plants. It’s not even close. And don’t get me started on how much more vegan food you can produce on just one acre of land compared to how little meat you can raise on that same acre.

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And then of course there is the entire issue of killing living beings needlessly. Vegans kill zero living beings.

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The evidence is clear. Being vegan is better for your body, better for the planet, and definitely better for the animals. Never let anyone shame or attack you about being vegan. Know the facts and inform them. I know it’s hard but do it in a polite way. Our goal is to win them over after all. Not just win the argument.

If you know of other stupid arguments about being vegan, please leave them in the comments below!!! We’d love to hear them.

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  1. I agree many people are threatened when they hear you are a vegan (or even just an average vegetarian). I suspect it’s just a defensive reaction: They know they aren’t eating what is good for their bodies and they are afraid you are aware of it too. That said, I have a hard time with the body-shaming attitude in the writer’s opening (though the listicle itself is great) is not doing the cause any good.

  2. I’m going on vegan now for 4 years and I have learned a lot. The most important lesson is to do what’s best for me and my family and not care what others think. I’ve encountered a lot of resistance with family and it only makes my resolve stronger. Not caring about what other’s think brings a lot of peace and freedom.

  3. I think it’s easier for people to hate and ridicule what they don’t understand and what is unfamiliar. I’ve been vegan for 7 years and I still have to explain what that means, the difference between vegan and vegetarian and “why would you do that?” Lol. Even after explaining MY reasons for MY choices people often get defensive. At that point I usually just respond with Relax….I’m not forcing my choices on you and I don’t expect or appreciate you forcing yours on me :). I could argue all day with the reasons WHY it’s better for my body -!; certainly the environment and the planet, but if I have to take the time to argue the point, I know by the time I finish 99% have quit listening. Which is sad. Without caring, our oceans will be depleted sooner than people realize, water supplies are higher for animal consumption than it is for humans or even to raise vegetables…little by little it’s killing the planet. But until someone is ready to hear it and take responsibility, haters are gonna hate. And yes, vegans are a peaceful group…so I choose peace over arguing. I figure when they’re ready, they’ll ask. They know where to find me.

  4. People call me a wimp or not a man for being both vegan and straight edge. It seems those who have bad health tend to disown healthy lifestyles because they think we judge them. Not at all.

    So hard to work at a restaurant with no vegan options really. Lol

  5. Omigosh, on Facebook you can’t even post a heartfelt comment on a vegan page without non vegan people, who I guess waste time trolling sites, saying very hurtful or aggressive or even hateful comments. It’s something I will never understand

  6. I just miss IHOP and going out for breakfast foods πŸ™ I just don’t live in the right area. We need a vegan place that also serves breakfast where I live I usually go to Seattle but it’s so out of the way πŸ™ I just make my own but it’s not as fun haha

  7. I told my best friend about the intolerance people have when you tell them you don’t eat meat. He didn’t believe me until he began to see how much the world is catered to it. The lack of vegetarian options and venomous opposition to just the comments he made about wanting to eat less meat. His friends told him to take off his skirt and eat a steak. He sympathizes because my choice not to support factory farming is ethical and very unappreciated by American society. So sad that the choice to eat less meat somehow makes you seem un-American.

  8. I do love when people cause me grief, means I’m vegan-Ing right! The steak posters don’t offend me anymore. They make me sad that someone has to be a jerk to make their lives interesting. I’ve had beef farmers (the area I live in) use the word VEGAN against me like an curse word πŸ˜‰ I don’t care what other people do or do not eat, just making themselves look ridiculous, dramatic and ignorant. It’s food, you eat it to live. It’s really, REALLY simple. I eat what I eat, why would that offend so many?? Even better why even care?! That being said, a lot of my meat eater friends have been VERY supportive and caring. Just goes to show they are good people!! I’m proud to be vegan, it’s not what I do but who I am!

  9. I don’t think it’s being vegan, I think it’s imposing opinions on other ( or people feeling that way) and then people taking the liberty to do the same to you. If you walk into a place wearing a shirt that states your point of view on something that people see as controversial, you are inviting controversy. Not that anything is wrong with having a discussion but you should expect it and be ready for it when it happens.

  10. I have shopped at Wal Mart recently, purely out of necessity because their company policy is to purge small towns of local business, but spending money there makes me feel gross. Shopping at the worst corporate outlet is not vegan.

  11. My close friends accept it, I took a lot of hell for a long time. The more crap people gave me just made me want to be a vegan even more, it’s was weird.
    Seriously though what the hell is there for anyone to accept. I follow a vegan diet for me and because I value all life.

  12. You say we kill zero living creatures, which isn’t true. A lot of insects and rodents are killed clearing fields for growing plants. That is somewhat unavoidable, but it is true. I would say that we attempt to minimize the loss of sentient life.

  13. I can relate. I’ve been approached because of my shirt and other reasons. The clearest memory I have of an encounter was at a Starbucks. As I walked away with my soy latte, I heard one cashier say to the other “I thought we were out of soy.” The other replied “we are. That B won’t be able to tell the difference. Besides, did you see how pale she was? She could use some meat.” Then more comments about my probable lack of sex life. I remember this because it was the last instance before I started standing up for myself.

  14. I’m not vegan but I have cut out meat from my diet and at first I got so much negative feedback from friends. I just ignored them. I’m now much healthier and 3 sizes down. Being fully vegan is still my goal πŸ™‚

  15. I will never shop WalMart ever again . I was in the produce department and I asked a employee where the organic section was . Her response was that it was all mixed together . Then she asked me why should this matter. I left and went to the local Co-op.

  16. Close to our neighborhood there was apparently an independent butcher shop that had its own little delivery truck, apparently driven by the owner. Multiple times he has boxed me in on the street, rolling down his window and screaming obscenities, apparently because of the one quite small vegan sticker on my car that reads “meat is gross” Once he even tried to run me off my lane on the freeway. I haven’t seen him in awhile, so either he closed down or suffocated on his own rage. Either way, seems like his aggression could have been externalized guilt.

  17. You know I get a lot of hell from vegans for being a vegetarian. I feel I am on the same level of respect when people find out, but when a vegan finds out I still eat dairy lord it’s complete prejudice and guilt trip. It upsets me and frankly I’ve learned to avoid all debate or conversation with them.

    The meat eaters accept me more than the vegans was my point.

  18. The way people react is so very awful it gives me chills. I just commented on an article yesterday by the ny times about vegans go gourmet…and I hoped to find halfway educated comments. Well, some weren’t too bad (especially those of other vegans and vegetarians) but the rest seriously made me wanna cry or slap someone. 80% of people said: ” gosh these vegans are so arrogant, dumb, judgemental and disrespectful towards everything. 10% was like “hey vegans stop killing plants” and the remaining 10% was like “mmmm I could have steak now”. I mean you are an educated adult and say things like that? One guy was the best. He actually said vegans will die a slow agonizing death…really? People like that make me not wanna talk to most meat eaters at all and they certainly make me think that animals are better then the average human

  19. I find it amazing how meat eaters will make nasty comments on a vegan post. I don’t get it. I NEVER comment on posts about meat, but meat eaters go out of their way to put us down. Maybe part of it makes them feel good about their poor choices and their roll in the torture and slaughter of innocent animals. Just saying…

  20. This thing was only written to get vegans to look at the recipes. There was no point of even making a “list of reasons being vegan sucks”. Just 5 silly things that almost no one says so that they could say, “here are some recipes for that”. Can we stop with the scammy misleading clickbait titles?

  21. I don’t get why meat eaters attack non meat eaters like we’re literally not hurting anyone or thing and it’s not like a vast majority tries to push it on others like a religion or anything. If someone asks about my lifestyle I share if not I don’t talk about it.

  22. I grew up up on a cattle & chicken farm in Arkansas. I became a vegetarian at 25 & now in my 50’s am a vegan in progress. I think most folks who attack vegans & vegetarians feel extremely guilty especially if they love animals meaning “pets.”

  23. I find a few vegans are a bit over the top, but is it really such an issue the meat eaters have to behave as they do? A grown person coming back at you with a comment like “mmm the bacon” sounds pretty retarded. I wonder why they don’t realize that. I am not vegan, I eat cheese or yogurt from time to time, not really caring because I do believe God gave us meat and only certain meats.I have pretty much weeded out actual pieces of meat because I don’t think it make’s anything taste better,so why bother eating it? I enjoy seeing what I can cook without animal products and I think that when you lessen the meat, you tend to widen the variety of fruits, vegetables,grains and legumes. I love my choice.

  24. unholy adfest that was brutal. I have no issue with you getting some advertising bucks but does it need to be so intrusive that i dont want to continue reading your article?

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