Vegan MoFo – Day 6!

Vegan MoFo – Day 6!
The first week of Vegan MoFo is almost gone, but not before we talk about the “Anti-Vegan.” Today’s theme is all about the “where do you get your protein” or “I could never give up cheese” comments. My first thought, well that is easy….I can just pop a Beyond Meat burger on the grill and melt some Follow Your Heart American cheese over it. 
But then I started to think, why do I instantly just go to finding an animal meat substitute?
I didn’t give animal meat because I stopped like the taste. I did it because there are more compassionate ways of eating and living. I am writing a guide to more conscious living, and I even talk about changing the food mindset. Yet, I instantly went directly to a meat substitute because it is so ingrained in our culture that you have to have meat for every meal. 

Not eating certain foods can be a challenge if you limit your mindset with thinking about what you are “giving up.” In reality if you transition to a vegan diet, you only stop eating four things – animal meat, eggs, dairy, and honey. When changing your diet, you can start by replacing your favorite meals with a vegan alternative. But there are so many more ways in which you can get all of the protein and nutrients you need. I usually use some type of vegetable, nut, tofu, or tempeh to highlight the hardiness I am craving. Beans and lentils can become burgers, tofu and tempeh can create bacon, chickpeas can be turned in a tuna-less salad, and cashews and cauliflower can make a creamy cheese sauce. There are so many creative ways in which you can highlight the flavor of vegetables and make them the star of the dish! 

Even I have to be mindful about stepping outside of my comfort zone and not just going with the normal flow of thinking. 

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