Veganism once associated with new age hippies, committing to a totally animal-free diet is as popular as ever
Celebrities and Holywood stars leading the charge. But before you dig into the no-dairy-meat-fish-or-eggs wagon, you should take a few things into account.
B12 and iron supplementation
Vitamin B12 is only present in animal tissue, so you’ll want to bulk on those B12-fortified foods or make use of supplements. B12 is very important to our nerves and blood cells. It also assists in the DNA processes.
Deficiencies can lead to overall weakness and depression…
Vegan diets contain less readily absorbed iron, so you may need to up your iron intake a notch. Sunflower seeds, dried raisins, and dark green, leafy greens are excellent sources… Spinach and Popeye – for those who remember…pure nostalgia.
New protein sources
Every meal should contain a high quality protein source. Proteins still are the building blocks of out bodies. Cell growth, cell regeneration and muscle repair depend on it. Recommendation are still open for debat. We think you need less then mainstream sources suggest. Adults need at least 0.7 grams for every kilogram of body mass (daily). Most optimal sources of vegan protein include soy, beans and quinoa.
Mind the junk and cookies
Eliminating meats for pasta and dough, and other animal-free processed foods sets you up for failure.
A bad idea to trade in animal products, high in protein, vitamins, and minerals
for junk foods that provide little or none nutritional value. Hunger, FAT gain, and mental stress would be the obvious consequences.
Analyse the food labels
As a vegan, verifying ingredients is essential. Foods that seem to be vegan at first sight, may contain animal sources, hence making it unsuitable for a vegan diet.
Casein and whey for example come from milk and are present in many many processed foods
while gelatins found in candy are derived from pig fats. Food colouring substances – mostly the red colour – are derived from farmed dead beetles. Bon appetit!
Social intercourse will need tweaking
Folks are sensitive and sceptic about their diets and lifestyles, especially when you question what they have always believed. We just don’t like to be wrong about our habits.
How do you survive social intercourse and dinner parties?
The best way to avoid conflict is to emphasize that being a vegan seems to work for you. Make it all about you, It’s your vision, so nobody feels the need to defend their lifestyle.
Happiness and moods might improve
Not only animals will be happy with your vegan move, So might you. The main reason is that omnivorous ingest more arachidonic acids, which in some cases may result in neurological changes that affect mood. Is that why vegans always smile? Again pro’s and con’s but don’t be narrow minded; be open to all input and experiences! Stay tuned and keep learning…