There are former vegans out there who have abandoned the plant-based lifestyle because they realized it just wasn’t right for them. We know consuming a plant-based diet is healthier for our heart, brain function, digestion, muscles and taming inflammation. We are told by our doctors we should all incorporate leading a plant-based diet in our routine. However, there are some who soon find this lifestyle is not for them. A few reasons may be due to lacking in fulfilling their personal fitness goals, indulgences that must be given up though the loved ones around them don’t, financial constraints on cost per food, or just an inconvenience all around. Here are 6 instances where a vegan lifestyle was not suitable for certain people. Is being a vegan right for you?
More Carb-Prone Because of the Lack of Time
For people adopting this lifestyle, a lot of preparation and thought goes into planning a meal with a variety of fruits and vegetables the right way. It can be quite the task if you’re leading a busy career life, have multiple social and community obligations and people to care for. It isn’t as easy to watch what kinds of foods you eat, especially if you can’t get to a quick, healthy, plant-based meal. Often times, it’s simpler to order a pasta primavera or constantly snack on pita and hummus, a high carb substitute, to fulfill their hunger and taste, which ultimately leads them to a making unhealthy choices and for some, leaving the vegan lifestyle.
May Lead to Anxiety
Vegans have a lot of limitations on the foods they eat. They have to account for everything in their eating regimen to maintain their weight, personal fitness goals, keep up with the vitamins and nutrients needed for their body types. This can lead to stress and anxiety of what their next meal will be because they need to see all of the ingredients in everything they purchase, including dining out at restaurants.
Becoming a Vegetarian
For some people, transitioning to become a vegetarian may be too restrictive and limiting on what they can eat. Vegans go through a trying process when making the transition. Some people don’t have the time to cook or meal prep or need to add certain ingredients to their diet to maintain a certain fitness goal or level of nutrients in their bodies. Becoming a vegan is hard work and takes a lot of education, discipline, commitment and planning. I would even say, it takes a great support system from family and friends, to allow a person to succeed. The amount of plant-based food a vegan person must eat, for an average size person to stay fulfilled, may take some time to get adjusted.
Oh, the boredom after awhile… Vegans may get tired of eating the same greens, beans and fruits, prepared the same way, which leads them to binge eat everything else. This is counterproductive because you’re incorporating highly fattening foods in your body, which defeats the purpose.
There are certain social dynamics or cultures that offer a lot more meat than vegetarian options. A vegan lifestyle might not fit into all social circles like, an in-laws holiday party or a corporate business dinner. Even traveling to new places may seem difficult for a vegan due to restrictive and/or cultural practices. As a guest anywhere, it’s found to be rude to not eat what’s offered in a restaurant or at someone’s home. Hopefully, someone asks ahead of time before hand.
Lack of Energy
Some people feel another reason to quit veganism is not getting enough vitamins, good fats or iron from plants. This may cause a lack of energy because their food spectrum is limited and not as diverse as a person who eats a variety of foods such as, pasta, eggs, fish, vegetables, and meat.