FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PLANT-BASED EATING
WHY SHOULD I CHANGE THE WAY I EAT?
Plant-based eating is better for your health, the environment and your soul. Research shows that eating vegan (or vegetarian, even) reduces all-cause, premature mortality by 9%. It's also said if EVERYONE went vegan, greenhouse gas emissions would reduce by some 70%. You'd also save the lives of millions of animals that are slaughtered every day for food.
BUT WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN?
You can get more than enough protein from plant-based sources. Nuts, seeds, beans, tofu, tempeh, wheat protein, hemp, peas...the list goes on!
WHAT IF I JUST CAN'T GIVE UP (INSERT HERE: BACON, CHEESE, STEAK)?
Plant-based doesn't have to mean you're all in vegan, eating carrot sticks for breakfast and broccoli smoothies for lunch. Plant-based eating might mean you replace one or two meat-based meals for an all-veg one. It could mean you're a vegetarian that still includes dairy and/or eggs. Maybe you're vegan, mostly, but at holidays or other special events you deviate. There aren't rules. No one is grading you. I also encourage you to be open to trying some of the most delicious plant-based alternatives to cheese (and even bacon, sausage and burgers) that are available today.
DO I NEED SUPPLEMENTS?
Many major health organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, agree that "total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases." Whether you choose to take supplements or not is between you and your healthcare provider.