Vegan Q&A is already my favorite blog segment, and this is only the second installation. I love getting to inform with snark. Win-win situation here!
More serious questions have been asked as of late, which means more people are seriously considering the switch. Congrats to those transitioning, and I hope you all continue to reach out!
Let's do this.
5. What do you use instead of eggs?
Eggs can be tricky for many people to give up for different reasons, so let's break it down.
Eggs for breakfast?
VeganEgg is a great breakfast change that cooks up at omelets and scrambles well. Tofu scrambles are also easy and high protein with killer flavor (look for a blog recipe soon!)
Eggs as a binder in cooking or baking?
Check out my blog post on veganizing baking here! It's not as difficult as you may think, as there are a ton of different swaps out there. My favorite is flax eggs for the low calorie and availability option. Buy a bag of ground flax seed, and you have "eggs" for ever.
Eggs for quick protein?
Invalid question. There are a million things for quick protein. You're just used to this one.
4. So you eat fish, though, right?
No. No, I do not. In fact, even vegetarians don't eat fish. Those that eat fish but no other animals are called "pescatarians".
Let's be done with this question now, okay?
Fish= Animal. Veg/vegetarians = No fish nomming.
3. Are there any tricky words on labels to avoid?
New vegans see this word and believe it means it's soy derived. That's not always the case. Soy lecithin is an emulsifier so it's found in a TON of stuff, but CAN be derived from milk and eggs as well as plants. If you see this word on a can that says "vegetarian" rather than vegan, you know why.
2. Does recovery time change?
I get asked this a lot. And I'm always curious as to why. The answer is and big, loud YES!!! but seriously. How do you all know to ask this? What is it that makes you ask this question? It was not at all something I considered when going veg.
Plants are easy for the body to break down, so that means that the bod is often able to absorb more from plants than from meat.
Choose plant protein post work-out over meats or dairy, allow your body to have an easier time digesting the foods, absorbing the nutrients, and turn over fresh happy muscles for your next gym attack.
That being said, it's still about being diligent, regardless of your diet lifestyle. Eat like crap and you'll feel like crap. Stretch, roll out, take Epsom salt baths. Take care of that bod!
Oreos might be vegan. That doesn't mean you should fuel with Oreos (sorry).
That may not be great for your recovery time.
1. How do you eat enough calories in a day?
To be fair, I've never done any crazy bulking cycles or wanted to get into bodybuilding, so calories are never an issue. I'm a runner. I love cross training and mild strength training for overall health, but I run. Lots.
That means my heart is slow and I, unfortunately, don't get to consume as many calories as I wish I could. Yes, fruits and veggies burn right through the bod, but nuts and seeds, beans and grains sit longer, satiate you, and fuel you for running. It's never an issue to intake 1,200-3,000 calories a day, depending on the training. (Hell, eat a vegan cake and there ya go. Got the calories you were worried about. ;) )
See my Sample Meal Plan for a more visual break down of calories and macros in a day of eating, and reach out for more specifics.