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THINKING OF GOING VEGAN? HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Obviously, the Vegan diet has become popular nowadays. People who choose to go vegan for various reasons include ethical, environmental and health reasons. Some people chose to go vegan because they don’t want to harm animals.

 

This diet contains foods made from plants ONLY. These are vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits. When done correctly, it will help trim down your waistline (dream comes true for most of us!) and it lowers blood sugar levels. This clearly explains why most people opted to go on a Vegan diet.

 

However, if you’re on a pure plant based diet like this, there might be a risk of nutrient deficiencies. Before diving into any diet per se, make sure to review the pros and cons.

 

Here are some important things about Vegan diet that you should know:

Aside from the fact that it helps you lose weight, Vegan diet lowers the risk of heart disease, reduces the pain of arthritis, protects people against certain types of cancers and reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

 

For better understanding, listed here are the foods that you CAN EAT while on a vegan diet.

 

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Legumes such as peas, beans and lentils

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Breads, rice and pasta

  • Dairy such as soymilk, coconut milk, and almond milk

  • Vegetable oils

 

Now here are the foods that you CAN’T EAT on a vegan diet. Clearly these are foods made from animals.

 

  • Beef, pork, lamb, goat and other red meats

  • Chicken, duck and other poultry

  • Fish, shellfish (clams, crabs, mussels, squids)

  • Eggs

  • Cheese, butter, milk, cream and other dairy products (WHY? These are made from animals too!)

  • Mayonnaise (because it includes eggs)

  • Honey

 

Going vegan might help people to live longer especially since you will cut down your intake on dairy. Fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts are the staple foods of the vegan diet. So if you love meat, that’s another story! 

 

However, those following a vegan diet must ensure that they are consuming enough  iron, vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans are at high risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, if untreated will have serious neurological effects. Vitamin B12 comes naturally only in animal foods. But of course, just like any diet, these deficiencies from vitamins are sure to have alternatives! The best sources are natural soy, lentils, beans, quinoa and seitan.

 

For beginners, switching to a vegan diet may not be easy so don’t be too hard on yourself! It takes time my dear! 

 

Making gradual changes by slowly adding more plant-based foods to your diet while assessing how you are feeling is the key!

 

We included this diet at themealeryapp.com. We have a variety of meals that will suit your vegan lifestyle thus ensuring that you will also enjoy your weightloss journey.

 

At themealeryapp.com you can create and plan your meals a week in advance and order them right from within the app! That’s a great deal right? 

 

No worries in planning your vegan recipes, we at themealeryapp.com will be your online weekly meal planner and meal planner creator

 

Happy to serve!