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I am taking a survey as to what vegans find the most challenging aspects of having a plant based diet. I personally am vegan, I am studying for my masters in nutrition and I am curious as to what others found challenging with plant based diets for discussion points.
 

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It can sometimes be difficult to find anything to eat if I forget to plan ahead, which often means going hungry or eating something that's not very nice just because it's vegan. It would be nice to have the convenience of going anywhere and being able to buy something suitable. Other, than that there isn't anything really. At the beginning it was difficult to always have to read labels, and of course it would be nice if everything could be reliably labelled if it's vegan-friendly, but after almost nine years it's mostly easy for me. I think that amount of information around online nowadays does make it a lot easier for newer vegans.
 

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I am taking a survey as to what vegans find the most challenging aspects of having a plant based diet. I personally am vegan, I am studying for my masters in nutrition and I am curious as to what others found challenging with plant based diets for discussion points.</div>
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Nothing, actually =/
 

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Cheese, sour cream, and mayo are the three things for me that were very hard to give up. Also, the fact that I try not to eat too much soy, and all of the imitation cheezes, sour creams, and mayos are made with soy.
 

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This is also my most difficult aspect!!
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It can sometimes be difficult to find anything to eat if I forget to plan ahead, which often means going hungry or eating something that's not very nice just because it's vegan. .</div>
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Eating out with friends without planning ahead.
 

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Eating out with friends without planning ahead.</div>
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This as well for me.
 

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Eating at restaurants can be frustrating. Once I went to an omni restaurant and ordered a salad. I told them I didn't want anything on it except vegetables and it came back covered in cheese. I sent it back and I <b>thought</b> they made me a new salad. It wasn't until I had a piece of cheese in my mouth that I realized that they had just picked it off. I'm never going back there again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":evil:">
 

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Living in a society where most everyone has overdosed on protein.
 

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Going to a non-vegan friendly university is probably the greatest challenge I face. Besides that, I would say the fact that buying vegan hotdogs and other meat subsitutes can be a little pricey [even thought I only buy them a few times a year]
 

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The initial transition was the most difficult for me. Learning a new way to eat, giving up old comfort foods and adopting new ones, trying new products and recipes, etc. Once I did make that switch it started feeling like second nature, now vegan foods are what I crave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The initial transition was the most difficult for me. Learning a new way to eat, giving up old comfort foods and adopting new ones, trying new products and recipes, etc. Once I did make that switch it started feeling like second nature, now vegan foods are what I crave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Just like becoming a vegetarian is for many, I'd wager.
 

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The learning curve. Once it's over and being vegan comes as second nature, then there's no struggle at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Avoiding candy with gelatine in it.... I miss some of my favourite sweets *cries*
 

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At first, I definitely missed a lot of the comfort foods I enjoyed growing up (cheese, omelets, etc.). I find that those cravings have diminished as I experimented with new foods and my tastes shifted. Now I would say that dealing with the social impact of having a different diet is the most challenging aspect of veganism for me; especially when you're just getting to know people. As others have said, it can be tricky ordering in restaurants when friends decide to make spontaneous plans and you haven't had a chance to plan ahead. When I'm dining with people I don't know well, I feel uncomfortable asking the waiter a bunch of questions or requesting substitutions. I worry about coming across as demanding and also I don't want to make veganism seem difficult, since 99% of the time I find it very easy to eat vegan! However, even though it's easier, I am not a fan of just ordering a side salad with iceberg lettuce or french fries- since personally I don't think that makes veganism look all that great either, but that's just my opinion (and obviously we don't always have enough options to allow us to be overly concerned with making veganism look simple!). I also find it challenging to handle the assumptions and questions that people have about veganism, because those questions can be very tiresome and awkward especially when gathered around a table full of meaty dishes.
 

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It was only hard for maybe the first year. After that, it gets easier and easier. The thing that makes me sad now is that I couldn't possibly try all the delicious vegan recipes there are in a lifetime, or meet all the wonderful vegans out there in person (even though some of them don't like me and mine very much, but that's just the breaks.)
 
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