Everything You Should Know About Being Vegan

Have you ever considered going vegan? I know I have. I like the idea of eating mostly plant based foods and being nicer to animals. A few of my friends have gone vegan, but I haven’t had the courage to make the switch just yet. You may be hesitant to go vegan for a multitude of reasons. The following information can help to debunk some information about the vegan life and ease your mind, or it may steer you against a vegan diet. There is also information on which foods can actually make you gain weight while being on a vegan diet because you may have a health goal to shed some unwanted pounds.

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What You Should Know Before Going Vegan

1. Will It Be Difficult To Eat At Most Restaurants?

Luckily being a vegan today has become very popular, so restaurants have adapted to vegan’s needs by providing food on their menus that is vegan-friendly.  Always make sure you let your waiter know that you are vegan, so that there’s no chance of it containing animal-product, such as chicken stock.

2. What About My Calcium Intake?

A study done in Europe compared women who took in about 525 grams of calcium a day derived from plants a day (1,000 mg of calcium a day is recommended), with a similar intake from women who were not vegan, and the risk of bone fracture didn’t differ from non-vegetarians.  The key is to eat a variety of calcium rich plant foods, such as kale, soy beans, almonds, and navel oranges.  

3. Take it Easy

You don’t have to go vegan overnight.  Start by incorporating more plant based foods into your diet and eat less animal products. Try to especially cut down on processed meats and non organic meats.  

4. What About Meat Substitutes?

Meat substitutes can contain a great deal of sodium, can be heavily processed and contain a great deal of preservatives, so be sure to read the labels.  

5. So How Do I Get Protein?

Every meal should come with protein, and the best sources of protein for vegans are lentils, natural soy, beans, quinoa, and seitan

6. Do I Need To Take Supplements?

We need Vitamin B12 and the only perfectly natural way to get it is from animal products.  So you’ll most likely have to buy a diversity of B12 fortified foods and take a B12 substitute.  According to health.com, B12 keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA.  Not getting enough of this vitamin can cause fatigue, weakness, nerve problems, constipation, and depression.  So check with your doctor to see if your B12 intake is too low.  Your doctor can do this by performing a simple blood test.french fries 

Why Vegans Aren’t Losing Weight

Did you make the switch over to a vegan diet hoping to lose weight?  You may be shocked if you don’t see the numbers on your scale go down.  You may be wondering why cutting out animal products from your diet hasn’t made your waist shrink.  So what’s the deal?  If you’re partaking in the following food habits, they may be the reason why you aren’t losing weight.

1. Nuts

I recently went vegan and have been snacking on almonds daily to get in some protein.  And I love adding avocado to my lunch.  While these are healthy fats, snacking on them too often will make you gain weight.  I try to stick to a handful of almonds a day, and just one avocado a day.  Remember not to overly stress about it by monitoring religiously how many calories you’re consuming.  Just don’t spend your entire work day chowing down on an entire bag of almonds, or eating five avocados in one day.

2. Junk Food

You may be delighted to know that some junk foods are animal-free.  Such as certain types of chips, french fries and popcorn.  But if you eat them often enough, they can make you balloon up.  Just because they’re vegan doesn’t mean that they’re good for you, because junk food is just that… junk!  It doesn’t serve you and it should really only be eaten in moderation.  

3. Carbs

Vegans are able to consume some types of breads and pastas.  And because these foods are so yummy, vegans tend to eat them regularly.  But pastas and breads are very high in calories. When you’re eating this type of food, make sure to stick to one serving, which would be the size of your closed fist.  When we overdo it with three to four servings, of course we might gain weight.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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