50 Things I’ve Learned Since Adopting a Vegan Diet

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


I’ve been eating a plant-based, vegan diet (or whatever you want to call it) for the best part of the last two years now.

No meat, dairy or eggs, and only small amounts of processed foods now and again. And in their place: lots of fresh fruits and veggies, legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds.

A lot has changed since I embarked on this plant based journey, and I’ve learnt a thing or two on the way. So I thought I’d share a few of those lessons and ideas with you today.

Fifty of them, to be precise.


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  1. Hummus goes well with everything. Full stop.


  1. People adopt a vegan diet for many different reasons. Some are concerned with health and performance, others the environment or the animals. They’re all good reasons.


  1. Food is a sensitive issue. Some people get weirdly defensive if you mention you’re vegan or you eat a plant based diet. Some are fully supportive. It’s unpredictable. Don’t worry about it.


  1. A lot of people believe they could never give up their beloved meat and cheese. They could if they really wanted to.


  1. Many people are secret nutritionists. Whenever your vegan diet get’s brought up in conversation, many people will suddenly be very concerned about you getting enough protein…


  1. You can definitely get enough protein without animal products. Recent blood work showed my serum protein levels to be higher than the normal range. No animal products. No protein powders. Just plants.


  1. A lot of people have experienced health benefits and reversed some pretty nasty diseases using this diet. Heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases seem to get mentioned a lot.


  1. I personally get less severe mouth ulcers and digestive issues. I still haven’t solved this puzzle by any means, but the symptoms are not quite as bad or frequent as before.


  1. Diet isn’t everything. Whilst nutrition is important, you could have the cleanest diet in the world, but you won’t be healthy unless you control your stress levels and move your body more.


  1. There’s no one size fits all approach. Eating a fully fruitarian diet could well be optimum in terms of health benefits, but it’s not sustainable for a lot of people, so there’s no point in stressing about it. Just go to where you’re comfortable.


  1. Western doctors should be given a better opportunity to learn about nutrition and preventative medicine.


  1. Some claim that a vegan diet will clear up all flatulence, bloating and digestive issues completely. I’m not sure that’s entirely true…


  1. Propaganda. Although there’s definitely a lot of false adversing and propaganda from the meat and dairy industry, there’s plenty of vegan propaganda out there too.


  1. I definitely feel more in tune with my body these days. Maybe it’s diet related, maybe not at all.


  1. I generally get less inflammation. I used to get it flare up quite bad in my wrists and shoulders, but that’s definitely improved.


  1. I recover quicker from workouts. I still get aches and pains for a few days if I push it too hard, but not quite as badly as a few years ago.


  1. I’m a little lighter. Not by much, but enough to make me a bit more efficient as an athlete, and not too much as to make me just skin and bones.


  1. Generally you’ll need to up your portion size if you’re switching to a vegan diet. The animal products you were eating are very calorie dense. I eat a huge volume of plants, and need to do so to stop me from wasting away.


  1. Eating a vegan diet doesn’t have to limit your food choices. But sometimes it does force you to be creative.


  1. It can be a little daunting starting out. But like anything, the more you practice cooking your own food, the better you’ll get at it, and the more you’ll enjoy it.


  1. Homemade vegan food can be delicious. I’ve never enjoyed my food as much as I have since turning vegan. The thought of veggie burritos really does make my mouth water.


  1. Many meals that you loved as a meat eater can easily be made into tasty vegan alternatives.


  1. The smell of meat no longer appeals to me. Something I never thought I would be able to say.


  1. Vegan or not, everyone could benefit from eating more plants.


  1. Since eating plant-based, I’m much more conscious of what I put in my body. How the food was grown, how it got to my plate, whether it was processed.


  1. Fresh fruit that has those little ‘reduced’ stickers on makes me very excited.


  1. My taste buds have adapted and become much more sensitive, and strangely I no longer find overly fatty, salty meals that appetising.


  1. The anti-vegan jokes will never stop, but you get used to them and they bug you less as time goes by. You’ll probably start to come up with your own pro-vegan jokes. No one else will find them funny.


  1. Sharing the same values over food with people close to you is very special.


  1. Travelling and experiencing new vegan food is so exciting. 


  1. Most restaurants will accommodate you if you’re polite. Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Thai places are the easiest. French food is generally a no-go.


  1. Vegan food is becoming increasingly available to the masses, and awareness is spreading.


  1. Smoothies can be a lifesaver. Quick. Easy. Nutritious. Delicious.


  1. On a vegan diet, you’ll discover foods that you never knew existed. Tempeh anyone?


  1. A vegan diet doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be.


  1. Your habits will start to rub off on those around you if you just lead by example. And it’s so cool to see. However, most people will resist and go completely the other way if you start getting preachy.


  1. Some people will never understand why you eat a vegan diet. But that’s ok.


  1. It’s easy to get on your high horse sometimes. You should always get down as quickly as possible.


  1. A vegan diet is not necessarily a healthy one. You could fill up on Oreos and fries and still claim to be vegan. That’s why I usually prefer the term ‘plant based’.


  1. Eating nutrient dense foods is much more important than counting calories. 


  1. Veganism can become like a cult. You can easily get overly attached to it and dismiss everything else. So you’ve gotta still try to keep an open mind.


  1. Books written by vegan ultra endurance athletes are awesome. Check out Finding Ultra
    and Eat and Run.


  1. Sometimes being vegan can feel lonely, but there’s a really cool community full of awesome people focused on getting others healthier, being compassionate, and making a difference to the planet…


  1. But… We still lose the forest through the trees sometimes. There’s still divides, disagreements and bitchiness between the little factions within the vegan community.


  1. Eating a vegan diet is one of the best things you can do for the planet, in terms of water shortage, fossil fuel use, deforestation, famine, and climate change.


  1. I love the fact that I get to recycle more. Any waste peelings from fruits and veggies get thrown into the compost bin, and used down our allotment to help grow more plants.


  1. I’ve realised that if I can’t bring myself to kill or exploit an animal, I can’t justify eating what comes from it.


  1. Since eating this way, I do feel more clear minded, and focused on what I need to do to keep moving in the direction I wanna go.


  1. Changing my diet was a catalyst for many other healthy habits. Regular meditation. Altering my training. Pursuing my dream career.


  1. If you go after something that you’re passionate about (for me that’s plant based nutrition, movement, mindfulness and sustainability) then good things will start to happen, and opportunities will spring up from nowhere.


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Luke Jones

Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

11 Responses to “50 Things I’ve Learned Since Adopting a Vegan Diet

  • Hi! I’ve been vegan for 2.5years and I can related to pretty much every point in this list. Thank you, it made me smile 😉 x

  • Favorite: “You’ll probably start to come up with your own pro-vegan jokes. No one else will find them funny.”

    And it’s a shame. They’re pretty good jokes.

  • hows it Luke mate; great post really inspiring for a novice vegan like me. I’ve been vegan for seven months now and I must say its been as challenging as it is rewarding. you face a great deal of resistance especially from those closest to you and sometimes it can cast many doubts in your mind. but I hope to grow from here and raise awareness about veganism and its benefits especially here in Africa because it is frowned upon by most. what’s trending is vegetarianism. too many times veganism is a shadow of vegetarianism. keep well brother

    • Thanks a bunch! Great job on turning vegan and sticking with it!

      I’m sure you’re doing a great job of inspiring others just by being a good example. Keep up the good work!

  • stargazer
    3 years ago

    I like your (fairly accurate) summarization! I’ve not eaten meat for 8 years now and almost NEVER have “GI issues”. Can’t undercook a carrot!

  • Funny & so true. I’ve been eating a near vegan, plant based diet for almost 9 months & I experience many of these on a regular basis.

  • This is great. Just starting my vegan path, but many of the things you pointed out have come up. Thanks

  • Great list! I am slowly transitioning and have already found many of these items to ring true 3 & 4 in particular.

  • Yes!!! I agree with practically this whole list 🙂

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