Monday, 9 July 2018

Tips for Staying Healthy on a Vegan Diet

Ten years ago, if you said the word 'vegan' people would think of a slightly strange group of animal rights activists. But today, vegan is going mainstream and many people know someone who follows the way of life or may even have tried it themselves. It helps that there are increasing numbers of vegan options both in supermarkets and when eating out, and the more people do it, the easier the whole lifestyle becomes. So, if you are thinking of taking the plunge and getting rid of animal-based products from your diet, how do you stay healthy while doing so? Here are our top tips.


Vegan Diet



Tip 1: Know what's healthy for you

Before you become a vegan it's worth thinking about your current lifestyle and health status, considering how it might be affected by your diet. For example, it's important to learn what normal cholesterol levels are, and indeed your own, so that you know whether you need to take action in lowering them or in reaching the recommended range. Look online for resources, or click here for more information, on how to work yours out and monitor it from time to time to ensure veganism doesn't push you out of the limits. Likewise, not eating meat sometimes leads to less iron in your diet. If you regularly become anaemic, but still want to go vegan, be sure to eat lots of iron-rich vegan foods.

Tip 2: Focus on protein

Most people going vegan lose their regular source of protein, either meat if you were previously carnivorous, or cheese/eggs/dairy milk if you were veggie. In fact, there are loads of healthy vegan proteins, it's just important to ensure you're getting enough. Try to have least some protein with every meal. For example if your having a stew add lentils and other pulses. Eating toast? Spread on a little nut butter. They are also some great meat alternatives to try, such as tofu, seitan and tempeh so get experimenting!

Tip 3: Avoid too much vegan junk food

While going vegan is generally a healthy choice  there's still a lot of junk food available. If you're on the go or don't have anything prepared in advance it's very easy to resort to highly processed, unhealthy food simply because they're the vegan option available. Crisps, biscuits, sweets and bread are all often vegan. Instead, be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains in your diet. If in doubt, pack yourself a healthy vegan snack so you're never left with junk as tour option.

Those are our top tips for staying healthy while vegan. A vegan diet can have great positive impacts in your health, but just remember that careful planning is needed to maintain a balanced nutrition. You can learn about normal cholesterol levels and make sure to stay within the limits. avoiding losing too much weight or putting it on as a result of the change. Eat lots of protein, fruit and veg and you'll enjoy the many benefits of this plant-based lifestyle.



Disclosure: Guest post contribution by Claudia Gimeno who works with Pro-active. Please note I was not compensated for this post.
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