Going vegan is a tough choice to commit to you if you’ve habitually included meat and dairy products in your diet. A quick and easy way to define a Vegan is someone who does not consume the following:
meat, fowl, fish, honey, eggs, and dairy products, which include cheese, butter, and yogurt.
Personally, I could not easily switch over to vegan diet without breaking.
The popular saying is it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Q: Is a vegan diet a habit well worth developing?
A: Yes, but it isn’t for everyone. The choice to go vegan depends on your lifestyle choices and preferences. It does have great benefits that you may find interesting which I have listed below.
- You can avoid high levels of saturated fats (artery cloggers), which are present in highest amounts in meats and dairy.
Both meat and dairy are quite fatty.
- Your body encounters more fiber with a vegan diet. Fiber is excellent for eliminating waste and toxins which can make you feel lethargic. Often times, people who become vegans experience increased energy levels due to this.
- Reduces risk of obesity and high blood pressure. This one is pretty clear.
“Bad’ fats in your diet equals weight gain and eventual strain on your heart.
- Lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol levels which decreases your risk of developing heart disease.
Supplements recommended for vegans:
- Take vitamin B12 supplements or consume yeast fortified with B12. Since B12 is mainly found in animal products, it’s a bit tougher to obtain when animal products are eliminated from your diet.
- Take iron supplements as the best source of iron.
- Take vitamin D. Most physicians and nutritionists will recommend Vitamin D2 supplements.
- Calcium supplements are a must especially since greens
(kale and spinach) can prevent the absorption/binding of calcium.
- Protein can be found in beans, tofu, soymilk, and even veggie burgers.
The daily recommendation of protein is at least 60 grams.
With the knowledge of these benefits, you may start to seriously consider a vegan diet, which may not be so bad after all.