Everything You Need to Know About Veganism
If you're reading this, then you're likely interested in pursuing a plant-based diet. Good for you! Maybe you want to cut meat out once a day, or you are looking for an alternative way to lose weight - whatever it is, I have everything you need to know about a vegan diet right here.
For the past 10 years, I've rotated between vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan diets, but I always knew Veganism was where it's at. Since I wasn't 100% vegan, I called my self a Veganist, someone who campaigns for change regarding animal rights and vegan issues. But, it felt a little hypocritical, so in 2018, I cut animal bi-products completely and I haven't felt better! Besides losing a few pounds and having more energy, I've also noticed my dark circles decreasing and my skin looking less dry. Turns out, both are signs of lactose intolerance - HA! Here are some vegan facts, common questions and tips to fueling your best self with plant-based energy and love.
Why Go Vegan?
As you might have heard, there are a lot of good and urgent reasons to start transitioning to a plant-based diet today – here are just a few of them:
Animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions
Plant-based diets decrease your risk of major diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer
Rainforests vanish in favor of cattle ranches and soy plantations for livestock
Drinking water is being contaminated by sewage and waste from farms Antibiotic resistance that’s life-threatening to humans often comes from farmed animals
Close to 40% of the world’s grain (and 70% of US grain) is being fed to livestock, much of which is produced in countries where 17,000 children die of starvation each day
Millions of sentient beings suffer unimaginably for their short lives before being killed needlessly
Many slaughterhouse workers suffer physical injuries or develop post-traumatic stress disorder
What is Veganism?
A plant-based diet of wholesome and nutritious food
No downside if pursued correctly and nutritionally founded
Can help you lose weight and heal your body from disease
Begins to make the world a more peaceful and sustainable place
The food is inexpensive, delicious and good for our planet!
Veganists look closely at the implications of their food choices to his or her own body, to the animals, the earth and then decides to act. They take action in a way that works with their individual lives, “while perhaps also helping to make the world a better place”.
The idea behind being a Veganist is progress not perfection. It’s about intention and holding ideas loosely and taking steps in the direction of the kind of person you want to be, leading the kind of life you want to lead. Instead of focusing on discipline, you are empowering yourself to take responsibility for your health in a practical and easy way, while at the same time arousing a broad spiritual awakening.
My Favorite Vegan Books & Podcasts
I get an incredible amount of questions around vegan nutrition, ethics, treating diseases, and getting kids on board, so I thought it was about time to put together a list of my favorite vegan books and podcasts! If you just want all the info condensed right now, scroll down!
1. What is the best source of calcium, and how does it compare to dairy?
The same green leafy vegetables and beans that are full of iron and fiber are also good sources of calcium. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale and other common greens have highly absorbable calcium.
2. Where do I get iron if not in red meat?
Beans and Greens or leafy green vegetables or beans and legumes. Plants have nonheme iron, which is more absorbable when the body is low in iron and less absorbable when the body has enough iron. This allows the body to regulate its iron balance. On the other hand, meats have hemeiron, which barges right into your bloodstream whether you need it or not. Excess iron can spark the production of free radicals that accelerate aging, increase the risk of heart disease, and cause other health problems.
3. How can I get enough protein?
A plant-based diet easily provides all the protein a healthy body needs. Protein is made up of 23 different amino acids, substances that combine to make what is termed a complete protein. Digestion breaks down complex proteins into simpler units to be absorbed by the body. Good sources of protein and iron: