A little section of frequently asked questions

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  • What do vegans eat?
    • Vegetables, fruits, grains, lentils, beans, legumes, nuts. Tons of coffee + cayenne pepper + b12 supplements!
  • What made you want to go vegan?
    • In a nut shell, I did a project in middle school about animal testing on makeup that terrified me (and my teacher), and I went vegetarian. One thing led to another, my parents didn't want me to be vegetarian, and I thought I was a rebel (I was a nerd), so I went vegan. 
  • Isn't soy supposed to be bad for you? 
    • Yes and no. I'm going to let Nicole take this one. 
  • Do you ever cheat? 
    • No. Well, I've eaten stuff before that wasn't vegan, but not on purpose. Or I've accidentally drank someone else's latte that had skim instead of almond milk. But I don't cheat. For me, vegan is a lifestyle, not a diet. BUT I know a lot of people who do the "9-5" vegan thing, when they're vegan for breakfast, lunch, snacks + omnivores for dinner. Whatever works, man. 
  • What's the difference between vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free & paleo? 
    • Vegetarians abstain (god, I love that word) from eating meat, flesh. Many vegetarians eat fish + eggs. Some don't. They eat honey. 
    • Vegans abstain from ALL animal by-products. 
    • Both vegans + vegetarians also try to lead cruelty-free lives when it comes to products they use daily in their lives (think: makeup, toiletries, cleaning supplies). 
    • Paleo is, uh, I'm going to be honest, I don't really get it. Apparently you only eat foods that were around during the paleolithic era. This is the Wiki page. 
    • Gluten-free is a combo of the huge trend of people not wanted to eat carbs + those with celiac disease so they literally can not eat any gluten (not even beer).
  • How do you get your protein? 
    • Nuts, beans, peas, hummus, nut butters, soy, tempeh, seitan, sweet potatoes, quinoa, lentils, hemp and veggies! 
  • Is it hard to eat out as a vegan? 
    • It's SO much easier now than it was, like, 5 years ago. I'm much more confident with what I'm ordering and knowing HOW to order. But no, it's not hard at all! If you need tips, click here. 
  • What do you get a brunch? Is brunch even vegan? 
    • Brunch is vegan. And even if it wasn't, I'd MAKE it vegan. I order bottomless mimosas + bloody marys and ask for the bloody mary toppings are just olives + celery. I live for that avocado toast life (just order sides), but have also been known to order cups of fruit, guacamole + chips and hummus. Many places do tofu scrambles, potatoes, oatmeal, etc. 
  • What's the biggest misconception about being vegan? 
    • Here are a few: 
      • We're all wellness warriors that don't eat anything unhealthy (I love french fries). 
      • We don't get enough protein in our diets (My leg muscles beg to differ). 
      • We're crazy extremists that freak out if you eat a burger in front of us (dude, eat your burger and then let me steal your fries). 
  • Do you take any supplements? 
    • ES! I take B12 daily. Well, I need to get better about the daily part. But I take B12, Vitamin D + Biotin all from HUM Nutrition (They sell it online or at Sephora). I also try to eat/drink probiotics because gut health is wicked important. I love Kevita's lemon cayenne probiotic drink + GoodBelly's probiotic shots — both found at Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Giant, Target, Amazon.
    • Nicole's notes: 
  • How does being vegan affect your lifestyle? 
    • I get a lot of questions about being vegan, and I have people who still think it's not a healthy lifestyle. But that's about it. 
  • What's your opinion on "fake" meat? 
    • I love it. It's perfect for cooking with non-vegans (like Maxim). Also, it's great for super busy people who want something that's ready made. 
  • What are some good cooking substitutes for vegans? 
    • AM SO GLAD YOU ASKED! Click HERE to view an easy list!
  • What's your favorite vegan cookbook?
    • It's hard to pick just one! I have a few favorites: 
  • What are your tips for beginner vegans or vegetarians?
    • Be kind to yourself! It's okay to mess up. It's okay to crazy a burger. Make sure that you're going vegan/veggie for a reason that you feel passionate about. And buy some B12 supplements!