I get asked alot of questions about the vegan lifestyle everyday. People also ask me what restaurants do I recommend for vegan cuisine, especially in NYC. I have addressed all questions in the post below! I have a list of vegan restaurants at the bottom of this post; I've also included the neighborhood where you can find these restaurants to make it easier if you are visiting and don't know the city. If you have any additional questions, please email me :) What does it mean to be vegan? A vegan is someone who does not consume animal products or bi-products such as meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey and other ingredients. Vegans don't wear leather, silk, fur, wool , or suede and they don't use personal care products made from animals or that are tested on animals. They believe that animals are here with us, not for us and that animals should not be used for our entertainment or kept in captivity. What is the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian? A vegetarian does not eat meat but consumes eggs, dairy and other animal products; vegans don't consume any animals products. A lacto-vegetarian consumes dairy but not eggs or meat. An ovo-vegetarian consumes eggs but not dairy or meat. A pescatarian consumes fish but no other meat. Where do vegans get their protein? This is a common question because people think you can only get your protein from meat. You would need to be very malnourished or sick to have low protein; anyone who eats a well balanced diet gets enough protein. Protein helps your body heal and keeps you healthy. Non animal sources of protein include tofu, beans, seitan, tempeh, leafy greens, nuts, seeds (chia, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower), mock meats and more. Will my iron be low if I become vegan? Low iron can happen to anyone regardless of their diet so you won't have low iron if you eat a well balanced vegan diet. Iron sources include pumpkin seeds, spinach, beans, potatoes and peppers and more. How do vegans eat sweets? Can they have ice cream, cake and other desserts? It's easy to make desserts vegan. You can substitute other ingredients for eggs and use non dairy milk. It takes a little research beforehand but there is always a vegan version of milk, butter and eggs. Egg substitutes include flaxseed meal and water, applesauce, silken tofu, bananas and vegan egg replacers. What kind of foods are in your cabinets if you're vegan? Brown rice, brown rice or whole wheat pasta, oats, barley, nuts, agave nectar, almond milk, flour (garbanzo bean, brown rice, whole wheat, oat), black beans, white beans, lentils, sprouted grain bread, mustard, natural jam, tofu, a ton of coconut (milk, oil), vegan butter, soy milk, sourdough bread, cereal. Looks kinda normal doesn't it? :) What kinds of fruits and veggies are good? Buy as many organic fruits and veggies as you can, especially organic berries, apples, pears, kale, peppers, spinach. Any fruits with a skin that you peel off can be bought conventionally. Buy fruit and veggies that are in season. Buy avocados, daikon, organic tomatoes, brussel sprouts, pea shoots, radishes, beets and sweet potatoes. Hit your local growers market. Check out the 2016 dirty dozen, clean fifteen listto see what you should buy organic. Can vegans drink milk? Yes! There are so many different non-dairy milks such as almond, oat, hemp, rice, coconut and soy. You can even make these milks at home. Are there benefits to a vegan diet? Yes. Vegans tend to have lower blood cholesterol levels, lower body weight and they tend to have more energy than non vegans. People who suffer from various medical conditions have been known to reduce their disease symptoms by adopting a vegan diet and some medical conditions such as diabetes could be reversed by eating a vegan diet. A vegan diet can lower your risk for heart disease and some cancers. If you have medical conditions or are on medications, talk to your doctor before switching your diet and NEVER stop medications without consulting your doctor. What vegan restaurants do you recommend? I moved to NYC from Philly two years ago and I've slowly experienced the vegan scene in this wonderful city. I have so many more places to visit but I wanted to start compiling a list of my favorite places so far (and I've also included their neighborhoods). Philly also has a pretty awesome vegan scene so shout out where you like to eat in the City of Brotherly Love if you live there or frequent vegan restaurants in Philly. Check out this post to see my list of NYC vegan restaurants. What books or documentaries could I check out about veganism? Cowspiracy Food Inc Blackfish Earthlings Veganomicon Becoming Vegan Vegan for Her Fabulous Vegan Recipes (my ebook!)
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the vegan lifestyle.