Going vegan can feel very intimidating. You may not know what to eat, how to meet your nutritional needs, and worry that being vegan will be restrictive and you won’t be able to do the things you want to do anymore.
And I totally understand these fears. I experienced all of them before I went vegan too.
But now that I’ve been vegan for over three years, I know about the wide variety of delicious foods available to vegans. I also learned that meeting your nutritional needs as a vegan is not complicated at all. And that healthy vegan cooking does not have to be expensive or time-consuming.
Sure, going vegan led to minor lifestyle adaptions, but I think they actually ended up improving my life, not made it more complicated. Plus, I can still do all the things I love to do, such as traveling and going out with my friends and family.
Sadly, the belief that being vegan is difficult and restrictive is widespread.
And that’s why I created Vegan with Benefits to show that you can live a healthy vegan life without feeling limited.
On this website, you’ll:
- find guides for transitioning to a vegan diet
- get practical and easy to implement tips that make meeting your nutritional needs as a vegan a breeze
- learn how to be vegan regardless of your budget or life circumstances
- discover how you can be vegan and live your life to the fullest
And most of you’ll learn how to become unapologetically you and unapologetically vegan.
MY STORY TO VEGANISM
Hello, I’m Tamara, but people also know me as nutrition nerd and travel enthusiast.
I’m the person behind this website and the associated social media channels.
And I thought it would be fun if we got to know each other a bit better. So, here is my life at a glance.
My journey to veganism started over four years ago, and I’ve been a committed vegan for more than three years and seriously can’t imagine living any other way; it’s the best.
But I didn’t always think this way. 😱
At my first encounter with a vegan, I didn’t even know what it meant, and once I found out, I was the one screaming, “I could never go vegan!” the loudest. 🤦♀️
But how did I get from that to being so passionate about veganism? Let’s back up a bit.
Like many, I grew up in a family where meat and animal products were a part of almost every meal. A meal was rarely complete unless there was some animal flesh involved. And I didn’t mind that at all.
In my teenage years, I became interested in the connection between the food we eat and our health.
So, I started implementing all the standard advice on healthy eating, such as eating white meat instead of red meat, choosing low-fat dairy products, eating more vegetables, drinking more water, and snacking less.
But the deeper I dug into the link between diet and health, the more I realized that the standard healthy eating advice only tells half the truth.
Sure, white meat may be a bit healthier than red meat, but no meat is so much better, for example.
Eventually, with all the knowledge I gained about the negative impact eating animals has on health (and our planet), I knew I couldn’t continue to eat the way I did and went vegan overnight.
But just a few weeks later, I decided that a vegan diet was currently not feasible for me.
My college dining hall didn’t offer vegan options, and I was tired of steamed veggies and rice, so I returned to my old eating habits.
BUT THE UNIVERSE HAD DIFFERENT PLANS FOR ME.
Soon after I decided to eat meat again, I saw a few clips of the documentary Earthlings. From one hour to the next, I decided to never eat meat again.
These film excerpts were the necessary motivation for me to go through with becoming vegetarian/vegan despite the obstacles in my way (no options in the dining hall, little time to cook, limited financial resources, etc.).
Although it was not easy at first, I somehow always found ways to fill my stomach. Being hungry makes you creative, I guess!
I was eating vegan when possible and vegetarian the rest of the time.
But as I learned more about veganism, I gradually started to reduce the vegetarian meals until eventually, I was fully vegan.
Soon after, I became a certified vegan nutritionist.
So, now that you learned a bit about my story, I would love to get to know you better.
Message me on Instagram or Facebook, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply comment below and tell me a little bit about yourself, what sparked your interest in veganism and how I can help you on your journey in the best way.
Until then, I wish you all the best, lots of fun and success. 😊