If you are looking to drop a few pounds, or simply adopt a healthy lifestyle, a vegan diet may be the right choice for you. A vegan diet is extremely anti-inflammatory, naturally lower-calorie, and healthy (if you are staying away from some of those processed vegan foods). Studies show that those who adhere to a vegan diet have a lower body mass index than that of their meat-eating counterparts.
Benefits of a vegan diet extend far beyond weight-loss. Adopting a plant-based diet can help with increased energy levels, and even help to reduce cholesterol levels, increase fiber and vitamin C, provide a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
You can also expect to find your digestive system following suit. If you currently struggle with proper bowel movements, a vegan diet may be exactly what you need to get your system back on track. This can be due to many reasons – the addition of more fiber in the vegetables and whole foods, as well as the removal of animal and dairy products which are generally harder for humans to digest.
If you are not eating enough plant-based protein, you may begin to feel a bit sluggish. It is important when moving to a vegan diet that you are eating various varieties of plant-based proteins to keep you full (and satisfied), to give your body the proper nutrients, and to keep your energy levels stabilized. Good sources include:
- Tempeh, Sietan
- Adzuki beans
- White Beans, Black Beans, Chickpeas
- Cashews, Almond, Brazil Nuts
- Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds
- Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds
Adopting a vegan diet may surprise you by bringing you into the kitchen more often than otherwise before. You may find yourself more interested in creating and experimenting with healthy vegan recipes, as opposed to simply stopping at your local fast food chain or restaurant due to the limited healthy, vegan options.
Making proper food choices will help you see the results of a vegan diet sooner.
- Aim to choose low energy dense foods (high in fiber but low in calories) to help you feel more satisfied and fuller for longer.
- Play around with different meals – start your day with a bowl of blackberries or unsweetened grapefruit to facilitate fat burn.
- Snack on fiber-packed vegetables and fruits with a high water content such as carrots, celery, citrus fruit, watermelon, apples and leafy greens.
- Center lunch and dinner around plant-based foods such as whole grains, legumes and lentils, with the addition of colorful vegetables.
- Eat small servings of healthy fats throughout the day such as nuts and seeds, avocado, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, coconut milk and olive oil.
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