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Vegan oreos? Fact.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

So, on our quest to health(ier) eating, Dan and I have been watching food documentaries on Netflix (gotta love that Netflix). Some have been better than others, but the one we watched the other night really got me thinking. 

The film is called Vegucated and follows the lives of three NYC residents who, under the guidance and advice of a vegan, go vegan for six weeks. Naturally, a lot of the issues they talk about in the video are the ethical ones, and, really and truly, the meat industry is disgusting (I say this as a somewhat regular meat eater, although, I typically avoid red meat). There were some rather graphic scenes that had to be fast forwarded, and for those who are vegans because of these reasons, I totally understand that. 

One of the things the group did in the documentary was to go grocery shopping for new eats. Naturally, the filmmaker pointed out all the great vegan things they could eat -- fruits, veggies, nuts, and vegan substitutes for things like milk, cheese, eggs, even hot dogs and mayonnaise. Then, though, they played the "Is it Vegan?" game. And THIS IS THE PART THAT BLEW MY MIND. A sampling of other vegan foods:

Oreos
Lay's Potato Chips
Sour Patch Kids
Bubble Tape Bubblegum
Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies
Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting
Reduced Fat Bisquick
Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal
Fiber One Cereal

Vegan? Yes! Healthy? Ehhh...
So, here's my point. You can essentially follow any lifestyle plan and still make really bad food choices if you so choose. I think there's a giant misconception that being a vegetarian or vegan is automatically healthy. Even with a vegan lifestyle, there's no guarantee that everything is healthy. You have to make the right choices no matter what plan you're following. Healthy, wholesome, logical choices are the way to go, not necessarily just blindly trusting. 

Dan and I have been talking about eating a healthier diet, but it's become apparent to me that I think the best bet is eating clean -- unprocessed, fresh, healthy foods. That's not to say I plan to eat 100% clean -- I don't. But, every little bit helps. 

Make good choices, friends. I don't care if it is a vegan food, if it's processed junk, it's not worthy of going in your mouth. I should note that this blog is being written by a woman who earlier this week downed a ton of ice cream. So, take it with a grain of salt. 


2 comments:

  1. I totally agree Angela! You can be a vegetarian and live on junk food. Not good. The more we push away from the processed junk, the better.

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  2. Agreed, wholeheartedly! Whole foods are way yummier anyway! I had a kale and brussel sprout salad last week with walnut vinaigrette that I really want to try to recreate!

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