What You Should Know About Eating Vegan
By Sara Butler
Are you considering switching to a plant-based diet that cuts out all animal products? If you are, it’s a big commitment but it can pay off with some incredible health benefits. If you’re seriously considering becoming a vegan, or you already are one, you can benefit from knowing a few things about this plant-based lifestyle.
What is Veganism?
Veganism has become pretty popular over the last several years. Even celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon including former President Bill Clinton and singer Jay Z. Vegans do not eat any animal products, including eggs, dairy, and meat. It is a completely plant-based lifestyle – they don’t even eat honey since it’s considered an animal product.
Should You Take Supplements?
You should be able to get everything you need from what you eat with the exception of Vitamin B12. This vitamin can only be found naturally in animal products, but you can eat foods fortified with it and take a supplement to make sure you’re getting enough.
Why is B12 so important? Well, it keeps your nerve and blood cells healthy and also assists in the production of DNA. If you don’t get enough of it, you can become fatigued, lose your appetite, lose weight (in an unhealthy way), become depressed and have nerve function issues. You should find out from your doctor if you are deficient in B12.
People Will Be Curious
When you make a big change in the way you eat, people in your life are bound to be curious about it. Diets can be a sensitive subject for a lot of people, especially when you are switching to a way of eating that challenges a lot of the things people believe.
The best way to handle any possible conflict at family get-togethers and dinner parties is to explain you are going vegan for your own reasons and that it works for you – that way nobody will walk away feeling like they need to be defensive.
Discover New Proteins!
You have to have protein in your diet; it’s really important to your overall health. The good news is there are a variety of plant-based protein sources out there for you to discover. You can add lentils, soy, quinoa, beans and seitan to your diet in order to get what you need, which is about 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of your body mass.
Going vegan can be a very healthy lifestyle choice, but you need to make sure it’s done right!