Things to Consider Before Committing to the Vegan Diet
With many celebrities and even an ex president committing themselves to the vegan diet, and also exhibiting some impressive results many people are wondering if they could also gain such health benefits by jumping on the bandwagon.
The first thing to know is that being a vegan is an arduous life of self-denial for breakfast and pea soups for dessert, are you still here? Excellent, as an avid vegan myself, I try to paint the picture as black as possible because affecting the diet our bodies have been accustomed too for the last million years without the proper precautions can cause even worse health debacles.
Having said that there are many benefits to be had from adopting the vegan diet including plenty of energy to work think and play, protection from many diseases and even the ability to reverse heart disease.
So without much more introduction, here are a few things to be fully aware of as you make this essential health transition that can lead to a longer life and fewer health disruptions along the way.
You May Need to Consider Supplements
As you leave of animal products you will need to consider how you will supplement certain vitamins and minerals that your body depends on. For this reason the switch should be made slowly and gradually. By learning to interface with your body you will become more aware of what your body needs regularly and be able to provide this nutrition.
Following are some of the Vitamins and minerals that you will need to find a suitable supplement for:
B12 is prolific in things like juicy steaks, greasy hamburgers and those flavorful organ meats I used to love. B12 works to keep the nervous system in tip top condition and even aids in the production DNA. When you are low on this essential vitamin you may begin to feel drowsy, fatigued and even upset.
B12 is found solely in animal products, although cereals and grains do contain certain amounts, most vegans try to get their nutritional intake in supplement form or through enriched food products.
Iron is also a mineral we obtain in high quantities by eating animal products. Iron is essential for building red blood cells and a severe lack of this essential mineral can lead to many health problem especially anemia.
Vegans are fortunate to have a huge selection iron rich vegetables that they must include their daily diet if they are to achieve better health and not do themselves undue damage. This includes spinach and many other dark leafy veggies, beets, legumes and dried raisins too. Be sure to get copious amounts of this essential vitamin each day.
Proteins are what our bodies use to build strength and stature and you don’t want to be the vegan making the rest of us look bad, do you? Proteins are also essential to repairing injuries and if you are deficient minor scratches and cuts can take weeks to heal completely.
The good thing to know is that the body requires a relatively small amount of protein to function at optimal condition, people that assume you can increase body mass by eating exorbitant amounts of protein are mistaken.
Good sources of protein for the vegan include legumes, seitan and quinoa. Natural soy products are also very high in protein but should be eaten in moderation.
How you make this important adjustment will decide how you are affected by this change in your lifestyle. Many people who lack understanding make the mistake of substituting their nutrients for junk food that is technically “vegan”. This is not only seriously missing the point it can be very hazardous to your health.