Going to a Vegan Diet? What It Means….

One diet trend that is becoming more and more popular as of late is the Vegan diet approach.  While you’ll always have some people who simply can’t do away with meat from their plan (for me, I love my chicken, fish and eggs!), there are many advantages to going Vegan, if you do things correctly. 

 

And while you may be at a slightly greater risk of nutritional deficiency going to a Vegan diet or vegetarian, as long as you do put some time and effort into planning out your diet, this doesn’t need to be the case

 

Now, what’s the difference between a vegetarian diet and a vegan diet

 

Let’s look at the main differences to know. 

 

Food Choices 

With vegetarian diet plans, you often see many variations out there with some people choosing to still consume dairy products, fish, or eggs.  With the inclusion of one or more of these food choices, it becomes that much easier to meet your protein and nutritional intake needs. 

 

With the vegan diet however, all of these foods are cut out.  Hard core vegans will not eat any food that directly or indirectly comes from animals, so they are very vegetable, fruit, grain, and nut based. 

 

Lifestyle Choices 

Now, in addition to the greater food restrictions they follow, with the vegan diet, you also won’t be using any animal related products in your life as well. 

 

For example, any clothing made from animals will be out. Likewise, hair, make-up, or skin care products that are tested on animals are also not used.  Honey is avoided since bees are required to prepare it, and anything else that has any remote source of animal origin will not be included in this diet set-up. Now, this is if you are going balls-to-the-wall, Vegan diet. 

 

Making Vegan Work For You 

So if you do decide that vegan diet is for you, then you’re going to have to become aware of the food that you are consuming. Make sure to look at investing in a high quality supplement that can help to make up for any nutritional deficiencies you may face such as calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, along with protein. 

 

Protein will be the big macronutrient to look at as many people are not aware of the vast sources of protein outside of the typical American diet. You’ll want to turn to a higher consumption of nuts, seeds, legumes, lentils, as well as higher protein grain varieties such as quinoa.

 

Remember that lack of protein in the diet will have devastating effects as you may begin to lose lean muscle mass and grow weaker and weaker. If you want to keep your energy levels up, consuming sufficient protein is definitely going to be key. 

 

In a flash, those are the primary points to note about the vegan diet plan. It’s definitely a diet that will take more coordination on your part but if you are interested in a physical and psychological change, it’s likely that you can make it work.

 

Again, this is just scratcing the surface when it comes to truly evaluating if a vegan diet is right for you.  I highly advise you to consult with your Doctor or dietician, before you make the decision.   

 

Your partner in health & fitness,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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