What Do Vegans Eat? A Week in the Life

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Occasionally I like to reflect on what I’m eating by keeping track of my meals for a week. I’m not obsessive about it, but one thing I’ve found is that when you write down everything you eat, you can clearly see patterns, things you’re doing well, and possibly room for improvement.

So, what do vegans eat? I’m always sort of interested in what other vegans are eating. Not the super fancy stuff that I don’t have time to make, but the foods people eat day-in, day-out that keep them going. So I thought I’d share with you my relatively mundane food for a typical ‘week in the life’ of a busy vegan who has only small windows of time to cook.

First, a few notes:

  • I bring my lunch with me at least 3 days a week so that’s usually a gigantic salad
  • I’m hardcore about carrying snacks. Lately it’s been Health Warrior chia seed bars. I buy them by the case.
  • I drink tons of water and seltzer with lime or lemon all day long
  • I don’t mind eating the same or similar things every day. In fact, I kind of like it!
  • I rely on restaurants with vegan options and prepared foods when I’m on the go, especially lately
  • I’m trying to keep the sweets in moderation(?) but I definitely indulge!
  • I try to remember to take a B12 supplement, but I sometimes forget
  • As you’ll see, I’m not going hungry :-)

Would my eating make a dietician fidget nervously? Possibly. There’s always room for improvement. But this isn’t meant to be a model plan for you to follow. Everyone’s different and will find satisfaction in different combinations of foods. I simply wanted to show you what a week of happy vegan eating looks like, in case you’ve ever asked, “What do vegans eat?”

Try paying closer attention to what you’re eating, even for a few days. I guarantee you’ll notice some interesting patterns!

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How To Deal With Negative People

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Many new vegans struggle with the occasionally unintentional, sometimes minor, but at times very hurtful behavior of friends and family because of their vegan diet. I don’t like to focus too much on the topic of negativity, and I’m fortunate to deal with very little of it myself directly. That said, I couldn’t care less what anyone thinks about my diet, so I barely recognize or acknowledge it in the first place.

Why is it that changing your diet can turn some people around you so negative, or even hostile? It’s partly that food is so central to our relationships that a change to food can (in some people’s minds) represent a shift, or even loss of a relationship.

But by going vegan, we’re eating vegetables, not taking a vow of silence, swearing off communication technologies and moving to the North Pole.

Still, your diet may upset people for whatever reason. So I wanted to share a few ideas to help keep things in perspective if you’re faced with someone who isn’t so welcoming of your food choices.

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Shopping for Vegan Food Products Online

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Do you ever wish you could add some extra spice, novelty or pizzazz to your vegan diet?You may try some new spices. Perhaps you introduce some new seasonal vegetables to your salads. Maybe you experiment with some different recipes. And yet, you … [Continue reading]

My Vegan Cookbooks Are Taking Over

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If you visit my apartment, you’ll find an ever-growing collection of cookbooks stashed on shelves and piled on tabletops. It’s hard to resist a beautifully designed cookbook packed with untold delicious vegan recipes. I convince myself that when I … [Continue reading]

Sugar Cravings: How To Deal With Them

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I’ve always had a big-time sweet tooth. As soon as I had pocket money as a kid, the first things I bought were Twinkies, Devil Dogs and heavy metal cassettes. Not the most thoughtful investment strategy, but they made me happy. I probably would … [Continue reading]

Is Vegan Cooking More Time Consuming?

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One concern I hear from new vegans is that cooking seems to take up more of their time than before. And while now I’d say, “Noooo, vegan cooking actually takes LESS time,” I have to acknowledge how these people are feeling. In fact, I felt the exact … [Continue reading]

Eating Vegan In Restaurants

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Last weekend I went out with several of my Main Street Vegan Coaching alumni here in New York City. It’s a great group where we share not only what’s going on in life and business, but discuss food, recipes and great places to dine. Since it’s NYC … [Continue reading]

Are You Too Busy To Be Vegan?

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OK, you talked me into it. I get so many questions every single week from people who want to be vegan but feel it’s time-consuming or labor intensive. I hear things like:How do you quickly and easily put together healthy meals after a long, … [Continue reading]