20 Reasons Why Going Vegan Sucks


1. You start behaving like a Mormon Missionary and proselytize the benefits of a plant-based diet to everyone you know with copies of Forks Over Knives and The China Study. (Count em, 27 converts to date)

2. You spend so much time in the kitchen that you think “Maybe just this once pre-soaking my pinto beans ISN’T necessary.” Then later, you and everyone in a 12 mile radius of you seriously regrets you didn’t take the time to pre-soak.

3. You get all crunchy and granola like and start making your own soap and deodorant.

4. You get involved in things like the Virtual Vegan Potluck and you get your first facebook account. ever. so that you can hang out in the top secret VVP batcave with the coolest co-horts ever, Annie and Jason.

5. You become one of those obsessed people (we’re victims, really) who can’t stop posting food porn or yet ANOTHER way to use cashew cheez in a recipe.

6. You lose weight even though you no longer count calories and you are forced to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe.

7. After races, you recover ridiculously faster than you used to, so no-one feels sorry for you and you don’t get to take an “extra rest day” afterwards.

8. You feel like you know and love some of your blogging buddies (people you have never actually met) more than your next door neighbor.

9. You become star struck for the first time ever and start stalking celebrity Vegan Chefs like AJ and Ramses.

10. You have so much produce in your fridge, that fitting in yet another box of organic spinach in there becomes a precarious circus act. Things like ‘ears of corn’ topple out onto your head every time you open the door.

11. All of the money you saved by getting off prescription drugs goes towards your organic produce habit. You feel compelled to defend organic foods like an errant family member despite current evidence against it, because you are what you eat.

12. You start to feel “Dietarily Superior” to everyone who’s not plant based.

13. You have less no constipation, so your regular reading of “Runner’s World Magazine” gets completely cut out of your schedule.

14. Even though you are all ready a dietary outcast (1-2% of the world is vegan), you still sometimes consider going raw, high-alkaline, gluten-free or all of the above to further alienate yourself at social gatherings and restaurants.

15. You sadly realize that even though being plant-based has completely reversed your Ulcerative Colitis and significantly reduced your risks of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and more, it has not cured your cankles or cellulite.

16. You have more kitchen gadgets than anyone you know but you can’t stop buying more, resulting in a severely receding counter-top space.

17. Your children get harassed at school because of the contents of their lunch box. Bully Child: “I thought you said your family didn’t eat meat, why are you eating a Turkey sandwich?” My child: “Um, that’s Tofurky.” Bully Child: “What’s a Tofurky?My Child to me: “Mom, do I really have to drink a green smoothie everyday at lunch? Everyone stares at me!” (Actual comments) 😦

18. You feel like you’ve broken up just a little bit with some of your closest friends because you don’t share the same values regarding foods anymore. And truth be told, they probably think you’re a little crazy.

19. You feel compelled to blog constantly about your plant based devotion. So much so that you decide to ditch your best friends over at Good Clean Food and get your own dang blog. Sorry girls.

20. You get overly excited when you have a new recipe to share, as if it’s going to change the world! Well, just maybe it will, one plate at a time.

256 comments

  1. Very Interesting! I just might have to look into this Vegan Diet thing a bit more… I’ve been doing no Gluten and Dairy, but still having problems! Love the Blog and Miss your Guts!

    1. WHERE ARE YOU!?! Last time I heard you were galavanting across the globe on some service project or other! I miss your guts too! Pretty please watch “Forks Over Knives” if you can find it. It changed my life. No more stomach pain. I’m not sure it would do the same for you, but it might just be worth a try!

      XOXO! Give hugs and kisses to your parents from me!

      1. Haha, Yeah… I spent a few weeks in Nepal helping at a child care center for kids in poverty. Such an amazing experience!!
        I’ll watch “Forks Over Knives” for sure and let you know how I go.
        PS. hoping to come visit in June/July!
        Oh, and i’m wanting to start training for half marathons, any tips or good bogs/websites to look at?
        Love you much!!

  2. 132 comments!???? Somer you are so awesome. I am not surprised that you are so great at this…you are great at everything you do. Wish you could come cook for me!

    1. Haha! Isn’t it great?!? I didn’t expect such a positive response. I’m a little overwhelmed by it really. Move your family in with us, we’ll just buy lots of bunk beds and I’ll be your personal chef 😉
      xoxo!

      p.s. Vegan dinner and a movie next Saturday night?

  3. That’s the best post I’ve read in ages! So funny and so true. I’m not a vegan but vegan cooking is amazing… Might just read fork over knives!

    Love the new blog, love that you’re my ‘blog friend’ 🙂 xxx

    1. Thanks so much Lucy! Glad I could make you laugh, sounds like you needed a bit of a chuckle today!

      You make some of the best vegan eats I’ve ever seen, I hate to tell you this, but lots of us vegheads benefit from your children’s allergies.

      Oh, yes, please watch Forks Over Knives. I absolutely adore it because it changed my life so significantly. xoxo!!!

  4. OK HONESTY ALERT: I’m not vegan. However, I truly enjoyed this post. I’m here because, well, I’ll be honest, you visited my page (thank you) and I thought I’d return the favor! Now that I’m here, I’m so glad I visited. Let me say this…I could PROBABLY be a vegetarian. I don’t HAVE to have meat. HOWEVER, my problem is dairy and sauces and egg-based products and other stuff that contain other ‘stuff’ that I don’t know about! LOL! So vegan? Probably not. Besides, I LOVE CHEESE! I have total respect vegans. I really do. I wish I knew how you guys did it. I WANT to learn how to eat better, eat more ‘natural’ foods…so really, that’s my goal. I will say this though, I’m slowly removing meat from my diet without really trying. It’s been somewhat of an accident…I just love salads and all the stuff you can add to them, like nuts and fruit, veggies, etc. After I do all of that, I don’t need meat! But I’m careful with that ‘stuff’ as I do try to keep all of that ‘stuff in its natural state.

    And I now understand how to ‘train’ my palate. It took a little of time, but I get it now. I’ve learned not to be so hard on myself during this self-discovery process. Hidden sugars and salts?!…sneaky devils! I’m doing much better with that stuff. I live in Alabama where they drink SWEET TEA through IV’s! Folks look at me like I’m off my rocker when I ask for UNSWEET TEA…they’re like, ‘oh, you mean ICED TEA?’ Whoa, so extra additives changes the name huh? But I digress. Point is, I’m trying. And branching out by reading your blog is helping me. This is why I SO love bloggers…wrote about how much I’ve learned since starting a blog, “Embracing the Blogging World”, http://wp.me/p1Qnnj-2G. Now, if I can just stop adding ‘fake sugar’ to my CAFFEINATED COFFEE! LOL. One step at a time though! Thanks for sharing! I’m off to read more of your posts!

    1. Ha, I think most vegans would agree with you that cheese is the hardest thing to give up. I promise it can be done though 😉 It’s the same thing as the re-training your palate that you talk about above. It’s just a process. And yes, salads are lovely, but vegans eat a heck of a lot more than just salads. Check out http://www.ohsheglows.com if you want to see how a lot of us eat. I promise we’re not missing ANYTHING! If you check back, I hope to offer education on better eating and health as this blog grows!

      Thanks for your awesome comments!

  5. Somer,

    You really are amazing and caring. You have left comments for everyone it seems – that is so very kind and considerate. I hope those who have Type 2 Diabetes will read your blog and consider a vegan diet as part of their treatment. At the very least, get great ideas on how to prepare the vegetables they should be eating. Folks need to know they can control and manage the disease and you can help them.

    Thank you for your time and creativity.

    Phil
    solutionsfort2diabetes.com

    1. Wow. Thanks again Phil. I’m passionate about using diet to benefit health, so I hope that I can help others too. I think that most people think that they are powerless against disease so I really appreciate you helping me get the word out. 🙂

  6. One of my blog BFF’s sent me the link to your blog. Glad to have found you! My whole family and I finally went full-on vegan a little more than a month ago (animal welfare concerns), but it’s been more fun than not. I completely relate to this post – every point!! Though, my “coming out” post with my own top 10 was less than enthusiastic. (http://wp.me/p28k6D-CR)

    Glad to have found you. I’ve only flipped through your home archives so far, but I can tell I’ll get a lot out of your posts. Cheers!

    1. Yay! So glad you’ve found me too! It’s a challenge to completely rehaul your diet/er, lifestyle. But one that’s absolutely worth doing. I loved your post about transition. Sometimes we gotta keep it real!

      Hope to continue to entertain you and maybe provide your family with some good vegan eats. 🙂

  7. Sommer, very cool and very humourous! I have just read this and your older posts and BIG CONGRATS! on the so very successful transition to living vegan, loving life, and sharing your stories with us all.
    a few other reasons that being vegan sucks,
    -my skin glows and i look at least 10 years younger than i am, even with bedhead in the morning.
    -i no longer need the 3pm caffeinated pick-me-up, white death sugar spike, nor junk food buzz cuz i feel just fine after a few deep breaths, a little stretch, or a Simply Bar (http://www.wellnessfoods.ca/) or Luna Bar -not all types are vegan tho. and a bit sweet (http://www.lunabar.com/), which ever you prefer.
    – menstrual cramps? what menstrual cramps?
    – taking a huge plate of bbq tofu or tempeh to a pot luck and all the flesh eaters congrats you on your excellent cooking (tell them later, much later, that they actually ate TOFU)
    – and a bazzillion other horrible things that vegans endure just cuz they think that eating poison, domesticating and killing animals, GMO-ing, and otherwise limiting their potential for health, peace, and good-vibes is just not worth it.
    peace,
    chris-tea

    1. LOVE IT! Especially telling the carnivores they ate tofu, much, much later! I’ve switched from lunabar to larabars because they are less processed and I’ve even figured out how to make my own.

      Dig you and your bedhead!

    1. Thanks! I aim to please 😉 You’ll see in my next post that I don’t do without cakes, but yes, I have had to learn to live without cheese, an interesting transition for sure, but since then we’ve discovered one of my children must have had a dairy allergy or sensitivity since her stomach used to hurt all the time and now it doesn’t and obviously, my health has improved exponentially. It’s been worth it for us. Thankfully though, I’ve figured out a substitute that works well for us. The cashew cheez I make has a link above, and it is truly fabulous!

    1. Hehe! I’m sure you’ll get your blogging groove! This site’s only been running for just over 2 weeks, but I was blogging at Good Clean Food before then. You sort of find your voice after a while 😉 Good Luck!

  8. This is really funny. My daughter-in-law is a vegetarian and I’m celiac. My daughter just got engaged and my wife asked her fiance if he has any dietary needs.

    1. Ha! Thanks Jim! With your family diet history you understand this post more than most! We’ve poisoned ourselves so much as a nation with toxic foods that there’s no wonder so many of our bodies rebelled, including mine!

  9. Too funny…….but so true. I had to laugh at the ears of corn toppling because I dealt with that this morning as my wife lovingly asked, “Why’d you buy that corn?”, to which I replied, “Honey, it’s organic and you rarely see organic corn anymore.” It was like finding the Lost Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail…….organic ears of corn.

    1. Vincent, you are totally cracking me up! Finding organic corn is totally like the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail! Ha Ha!!! Of course you had to buy it! When I can’t use fresh corn reasonably soon, I cut the kernals off and freeze them for use later. Easy frozen organic corn! Woot!

  10. If more people pay attention to what they eat, read the label on processed foods we would be a nation of healthier people and health care cost would be greatly reduced
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Reblogged this on trialvegetarian and commented:
    While I am not vegan, there are many things listed I can totally relate to! Even if you aren’t vegan, it is worth a read. 🙂

    1. It’s on my list next to a dehydrator. My kitchen is all ready overflowing with appliances. Sigh. Right now, I soak beans overnight then cook them all day in a slow cooker. Thanks for your suggestion!

      1. I used to wonder if my appliances were a waste of money/space – until we went mostly plant based. Then I realized just how much I now use them! I use my dehydrator 3-4 times a week, my Vitamix 3 or more times a day and my food processor almost daily!

  12. I’ve made some really great things no restrictions before I went vegan. I think I’ve made even better stuff since I have been vegan. It’s not as hard as people think. There’s substitutes for everything.

    1. Ha! Glad you finally found it. It was my opening post for Vedged Out. I swear it came to me in the middle of the night like an inspiration. I had to get up out of bed and write it all down. Proved to be a good thing. I’ve never gotten so many likes and comments on a post before. There’s something in here that rings true for each one of us! 🙂

  13. Absolutely terrific! I love this post. I’m supposed to go vegan (or at the very least vegetarian), but with a seriously carnivorous hubbie, I’ve been dragging my heels and your post got me going, ’cause I’m so sure I’ll be guilty of all of the above before too long!

    1. Jeanette I feel for you! Do you have a health condition that is requiring dietary changes? It would be hard without your spouse on board, but often when those who love you see the improvements in you, they become more willing to jump on board. If you need to get started Dr. McDougall has a great 10 day program on his site that is a free and a great resource:

      http://www.drmcdougall.com/free.html

      Best of luck and I’m here if you need help or support 🙂

      1. Thanks so much for sharing Dr. McDougall’s program. I think I will give it a try once we settle in South Africa in a month or two. It will be easier to get the ingredients there than here in Ivory Coast:-). Have you seen Tongue Ticklers? Aside from gorgeous photos, she’s got lots of flavorful vegan recipes:-)

    1. Thanks David! Wow, way to go, being fully raw is definitely an accomplishment. I was raw once for about 6 months, but the endless chopping, sprouting , dehydrating and having to plan meals for days in advance to have all the “raw” ingredients ready at the right time just wore me out. Plus at some point everything started to taste like grass. Now I try to do incorporate a lot of raw foods through green smoothies and salads. Most of my snacks throughout the day are raw fruits and vegetables. I feel a little stronger with some cooked food. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

    1. Heck yes! Start with Forks Over Knives. Woohoo! Hard to justify eating animal products after watching it 🙂 and no, it’s not a PETA factory farming film. Oh and Dr. McDougall has a free 10 day start program on his site that is full of awesome information, plus you can always check back here for rad recipes.

      http://www.drmcdougall.com/free.html

  14. Hi.
    For most of the Indians it is more about faith than facts to be a vegetarian. We are simply vegetarian, and there is no complexity involved in it. We always prefer our Dal (Pulses), Sabji (vegetable), and Chapati (flat freshly made bread) or rice over non veg delicacies. Ask any Indian Tourist out on a trip to west for only 15 days and he would pay hefty amount just to get his dal-sabji-roti. Though I am not assuring that ALL INDIANS are ALWAYS vegetarian, but yes I am sure we all are always happy to have a Simple Indian Thali (meal spread).
    Food is for the enrichment of the soul and not only to our body.
    Hey! World KEEP IT SIMPLE.
    LOVE WHAT YOU EAT.
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and liking it.
    Good Day.

    1. I think that’s fantastic and I think that all of us, regardless of deity or faith do best on a mostly plant based or vegetarian diet. I think that’s what our maker intended for us so that we can be healthy AND happy 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment. If only Western Society would catch on to your dietary habits, the world would be a better place.

  15. I love this post – my husband and I (who have been whole foods plant based for just 4 weeks) laughed out loud when we read it! We can already relate!! How did that happen?? We are loving our new life style (and energy!!). Thanks for such a great post!!

    1. So funny Kristin! Way to go on 4 weeks. I hope you’re finding it easier now than in the beginning. I’ll admit it was tricky for me for a couple of months, then it all seemed to fall into place, which I was so grateful for, it was just like learning any other skill, it just requires patience and time 🙂

  16. Boy howdy, did you ever nail it when you talked about your colitis going away. We are mostly vegetarian but had to go gluten-free because it was the ONLY thing that made my kids intestines stop bleeding. When people say they are just “making it up” or are hypochondriacs, I wanna punch them! (And I’m a pacifist!)

    Anyway, thank you for checking out my little blog. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Oh wow! I can still consume gluten, but during my medical testing they did the celiac test, which I was negative for. I do consume a huge array of grains though and really vary my diet on a daily basis. I totally get that people do not understand what this illness does to you. For one, they can’t see the physical symptoms so it’s easy for them to brush it off. Most people just don’t get it. I’m so grateful that you found relief for your children. Poor things! Keep it up!

  17. Howdy! What a great post. I have Celiacs and I laughed my ass off at your further ‘alienating from social gatherings,’ comment as I’ve considered going vegan but figured I’d be eating alone with my cat for the rest of time! 🙂

    1. That is so true! You’d be surprised by how many gluten free vegan bloggers there are making fantastic things though. Have you seen this blog?: http://forkandbeans.wordpress.com/ You’ll die. Cara is amazing!!!

      Sorry about celiacs, man that’s rough! My next door neighbor and a few other friends have it too. I’ve become very adept at gluten free cooking, but the baking part completely eludes me!

  18. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content!. Thanks For Your article about 20 Reasons Why Going Vegan Sucks | Vedged Out .

  19. Love this! I laughed out loud several times. Being vegan IS alienating at times, mostly socially, but at least online we are in numbers. Thanks for sharing how wonderful the benefits are. It’s totally worth it.

    1. Thanks Lori, I loved writing this post. It was super fun putting it together.Glad you have some of the same thoughts and feelings and that I’m not alone in my journey! 🙂

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