It can be a real hassle to figure out which vegan diet to choose. Things like raw, Keto, and plant-based get thrown around a lot.Fortunately, you don’t have to follow any of these diets to be a vegan.
I don’t think it’s healthy to restrict your food. I try to use common sense and cravings to guide what I eat. Sadly, I’ve been counting calories since I was 12 years old. That has resulted in me always knowing how many calories a certain food has and allotting my daily total. I don’t support calorie counting and I wished I could turn the part of my brain that does it off. It can be difficult enjoying food sometimes because in the back of my head I’m counting calories.
I’ve spent some time carefully diving into vegan diets. I’ve found that a plant-based diet works best for me (a plant-based diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods). These whole, nutritional foods always fill me up and don’t give me a sense of restriction. Although processed vegan food tends to contain much more fat, salt, and sugar than whole foods, I will admit that I enjoy them occasionally. My boyfriend is a huge fan of vegan Döner Kebab and I think vegan meat and cheese substitutes are great for those in transition.
As long as its vegan, I try to never restrict myself. I enjoy when my sister makes fries dripping with olive oil or when my boyfriend cooks Mexican food with meat substitutes and vegan cheese. I need to live a life where food brings me joy AND nutrition. Before I went vegan I saw food as a mix between an addiction and an enemy. That is not a healthy mindset and I’m grateful that I am able to enjoy all kinds of vegan foods now.