Is Vegan Healthy?  Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Tips

Is Vegan Healthy? Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Tips

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Changing your diet to eliminate or reduce meat consumption is a big trend today, and the reason is, there are many advantages of a vegetarian diet.  More and more people are anti-meat, or anything to do with animals!  While it may feel right not to eat animal products, the question remains is vegan healthy for you?

Today, celebrities like Bill Clinton and Al Gore and Mike Tyson have become Vegans.

There are benefits of vegan diet as well. The big key for good nutrition with any diet is to maintain a variety of foods and avoid junk.

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People become vegetarians for a variety of reasons. For some it is just the plain old desire to eat healthier.  Some have heard that red meat is bad for you.

Some want to lose weight and have heard that vegetarians are slimmer than meat-eaters.  Hmmm, is that true?  Read on to see.

Some folks have become vegetarian or vegan for ethical reasons, that they do not like the way animals are treated for commercial food purposes.  I can get that.  Animals force-fed.  Animals penned up with no exercise or LIFE!

Finally some have environmental concerns, that the food needed to feed animals raised to be eaten, exceeds the amount of food a human being needs to get the same nutritional benefits.

What is the truth for each of these? Can you get the nutrition you need as a vegetarian? What about as a vegan, or are you going to be sacrificing nutrition for ethics? Are vegetarians thinner than non?

Vegan Versus Vegetarian

A vegetarian does not each meat. Some people just avoid red meat, but eat chicken and fish. There are those who will not let these people use the vegetarian moniker.

A true vegetarian eats no meat of any kind, they say.  He subsists on fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy, nuts and nut-sourced foods, grains, seeds and legumes.

benefits of raw food diet vegan diet good for youThe next step away from meat is to be a vegan. The vegan does not consume any animal products of any kind.

The vegan avoids not only meats, but dairy and eggs, wearing leather or silk, honey and other bee products, gelatin, and nutrient supplements like Vitamin D from animals or Omega 3 fatty acids from fish.

All Kinds of Vegans

Vegans come in many forms. Just giving up meat, dairy and eggs can make a person into a vegan, but it does not make you a healthy eater. Smart planning and attention to your diet is what counts most for nutrition.

There is the vegan who has every good intention to avoid “bad foods” because he does not condone animal cruelty. But going to the frozen food section of your grocery store and buying packaged veggie burgers is not going to give you good health.

Many of the packaged foods, even for vegans, have tons of artificial ingredients, processed foods and sugars and unhealthy fats. If the vegan overly relies on the fast Vegan junk food that can be found in every grocery store, drug store and Walmart, he is going to get fat, be hungry and lack good nutrition. So, is vegan healthy for you?  Being a vegan does not mean you are automatically eating more healthily.

advantages of vegetarian dietBecoming a whole food Vegan is a much better plan. This means pursuing a diet of green leafy vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. The meat eater and vegan alike should be eating these foods. The vegan needs more of them, because they are the source of all his protein, while the meat-eater gets his protein from meats, fish and dairy.

You may have heard of Raw Food Vegans. This person eats only raw or almost raw (cooked below 118 degrees) fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Some Raw Food Vegans follow an 80/10/10 Vegan Plan. This is a newer Vegan Diet, where the person consumes a lot of raw fruit all day, raw vegetables later in the day, seeking to ingest 80% of his calories with these carbohydrate sources. Nuts and seeds and good fatty foods like 80/10/10 vegan dietavocado complete the remaining10% each of the protein and fat requirements.

Claims are made that this diet produces healthy blood sugar and insulin and brings healing to all bodily systems.

The Starch Solution is a modification to the 80/10/10 Plan, where cooked starches like potatoes, corn and rice are used for the 80% carbohydrate contribution instead of so much fruit.

Another modified 80/10/10 Vegan Diet is the Raw Until 4 Plan. This dieter eats all raw until 4 and then adds cooked plant-based foods for dinner. The goal remains high carbohydrate, low-fat, low-protein diet.

 

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Be creative with your diet. Pursue more vegetables and fruits and fiber in each meal. Eat good fatty acids. It could be that going 100% vegetarian or 100% vegan is the best possible choice for you. I encourage you to go at least 50%.

If you go 50%, you will be getting vitamins and minerals and protein and fiber naturally through your diet.  We need 5-8 and some even say 12 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  Going 50% will get you there!  Check out our Green Superfoods reviews to help you out with enough veggies.

Most people today do not eat enough healthy vegetables and fruits. Most eat too many bad fatty acids. Most eat too much refined and processed foods. And most eat way too much sugar. Most of us cook too many nutrients out of our foods.

The vegetarian lifestyle has possibilities for healthier living, even if partially implemented. Is vegan healthy?  Yes, done right.  And even done partially.  Eating more raw fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds like a vegan will add needed fiber.

Add smoothies to your diet to help vary the ways you consume the foods you need to be healthy.  See our blog on Best Blender Reviews.

Fact:  If you choose to eliminate eggs and dairy and meats and all animal products from your life, you can live a healthy and vibrant life with proper nutrition.  You need to pay attention to what you eat.  But you really need to do that with any diet plan.

Tell me what you think….let's encourage one another to healthy and creative living.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published by Annie Collyer

Annie is a mom of four, a business owner and blogger. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where they are both active volunteers in their community school district. She writes about designing our lives with proven design thinking principles. Join her in creating the life we each want.

  • Norman says:

    Your article on the vegan diet was inspirational.  I must say that to become a vegan requires commitment but this is a life that is worth the commitment because of all of the benefits that are involved.
    Your post is well detailed has tons of good information that will be a great help to your readers.  I am a vegan, but I understand going fully into veganism is not for everyone.  Your encouragement to your readers to add vegan elements to their diets is a step in the right direction for everyone.

  • Jo says:

    It really is possible to meet your nutritional needs strictly with plants.

    It would be near impossible to actually become protein deficient in a first world country.

    I’ve lived plant-based for a few years and the difference in energy & mood is amazing compared to how I felt eating meat every day.

    I also heard from a naturopath that red meat is inflammatory, so that’s a good reason to avoid it.

  • Izuddin says:

    I started just eating fruits and vegetables for dinner and I felt a significant difference. My body felt lighter. Different from my previous meal habits such as chicken and meat.

    What I mean is that, I don’t feel restless or tired after eating dinner, if compared previously to eating meat (with vegetables).

    My weight has decreased and I feel much happier and energized for the night. Also, after some time of accustomed to this way of eating, I realized I was able to wake up very early, just naturally.

  • […] I am not a vegetarian. But two of my family members are, so I have learned to make tofu salads and vegetable lasagna with […]

  • minecraft says:

    Hi there! This article couldn’t be written any better!

    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this article to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Many thanks
    for sharing!

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