4 things to know when switching to a vegan diet

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Switching to a vegan diet can be rewarding for a variety of reasons. It’s a diet full of fiber and nutrients that will help you to ward off disease, and it can help you maintain a healthy weight too. A vegan diet also reduces your risk of getting food-borne illnesses.

 

What’s more is that eating plant based foods reduces carbon emissions and helps to save the lives of animals. It’s a positive situation for everyone and everything involved! But there are a few things you should know about the vegan diet before jumping in head first:

 

#1: Plants Have Plenty of Protein

 

One of the most asked questions you’ll undoubtedly get from friends and family after switching to a vegan diet is “where do you get your protein from?” which can make you think that they might know something you don’t know. Rest assured that most plants have plenty of protein. Quinoa, beans, and even greens are just a few examples of complete proteins in the plant kingdom.

 

#2: Tofu Isn’t the Only Option

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Tofu tends to be a common focus among new vegans because it’s touted as a great replacement for meat on any diet. And while tofu is versatile and full of protein, it’s not the only option around. You’ll find your vegan diet more enjoyable when mixing in options such as:

  • Seitan.
  • Tempeh.
  • Textured vegetable protein.

 

All of these options provide a “meaty” texture to meals without the cholesterol or saturated fat.

#3: Vitamin B12 Should Be Supplemented

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Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that supports the nervous system. It used to be abundant in the soil and absorbed into the root systems of plant foods, but unfortunately the nutrient has been stripped from most soils due to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Non-human animals can create B12 on their own, which is why animal products contain a small amount of the vitamin, but even meat eaters can become B12 deficient. So when starting your vegan diet, it’s important to supplement the nutrient to ensure optimal health.

You can take pills, use sprays, or even take a shot of B12 at the doctor’s office. But perhaps the easiest (and tastiest) way to supplement vitamin B12 is to include nutritional yeast into your diet. It has a slightly cheesy flavor and can be used to make things like gravy and flax crackers.

 

#4: Salads Can Be Filling

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There are many great vegan recipes but never forget a simple huge salad as a full meal.

Greens are an important staple in any diet, let alone a vegan diet. The problem is that most people see salad as a side dish or snack as opposed to a meal. But this could be further from the truth! To infuse your body with important minerals, you’ll want to include large salad meals into your vegan diet. And if they’re big enough, you won’t have to worry about getting hungry between meals.

You can make your salads flavorful and filling by adding croutons, cut up fruit, dried coconut, and even meat replacements to them. And using proteins in your salad will turn your light lettuce salad into a hefty healthy meal. Consider these options:

 

  • Make a healthy tabouli with quinoa.
  • Create a Southwest feast with black beans.
  • Use seitan to conjure up a “steak” salad.

 

Another great way to bulk up your salad is to include a variety of nutrients dense nuts and seeds.

 

Now that you know what to expect from your vegan diet, make a shopping list and get to the store! The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll start to reap all of the rewards.

 

Peace.

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