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Vegan Diet

A lifestyle that embraces the organic.

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The Vegan Diet, or veganism, is a modified form of vegetarianism, in that like a vegetarian, a vegan does not eat meat. However, veganism takes it one step further by eliminating all animal products from one’s diet, as well, one's life, including animal based soaps, leather, honey, and dairy.

There are many ethical, environmental and personal reasons why an individual will choose a Vegan lifestyle. Gaining popularity for these reasons, including, but not limited to, weight loss, the vegan diet supports weight loss through the ingestion of whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, legumes and soy/rice milks.

In September 2005, the American Journal of Medicine released a study of participants showing that a low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective at helping people lose weight and improve insulin-sensitivity than an omnivorous (both plant and meat) diet.

In addition, those countries who consume no meat for religious or cultural reasons report lower incidence of heart disease, diabetes, and high-blood pressure.

PRO
  • Vegans generally post lower overall weight rates, or BMIs, than omnivores or carnivores
  • As veganism grows in popularity, supportive industries are becoming more prevalent, including restaurants and specialty stores catering to the vegan dieter
  • Vegans tend to be better informed than the average consumer as to where their food comes from, and are in a better position to support local sustainability for their community at large
CON
  • Vegans must be well-scripted as to how grains and legumes combine to make complete proteins or deficiencies may develop
  • A vegan must be diligent in uncovering hidden animal products, such as rennet (a coagulator/emulsifier), honey (a sweetener) or gelatin (an emulsifier and/or transporter of vitamins/herbs)
  • Generally speaking, a vegan has better success living with other vegans, rather than having to endure the hazing from meat-eaters who feel, erroneously, that they are being judged for eating meat
DIET and NUTRITION

The growing popularity of the Vegan Diet has parlayed into hundreds of websites, books and support groups, providing information via numerous sources to support compliance and convenience.

In a nutshell, the typical vegan diet includes:

  • Oatmeal
  • Stir-fried vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Whole-grain toast
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Peanut butter, nuts and peanuts
  • Frozen fruit desserts
  • Lentil soup
  • Salad bar items like chickpeas and three bean salad
  • Fruit
  • Pasta
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Popcorn
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Tofu lasagna, chili, turkey, etc.
  • Soy milk and dairy like ice cream and yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Eggless cookies
  • Rice pudding
  • Beans and lentils
  • Oat nut burgers and vegetable burgers

A quick peek at the grocery store will reveal a plethora of products to support the vegan diet, most of which are even tastier than the meat-based counterparts.

EXERCISE

While there is not a link to veganism and activity per se, Vegans generally have a deep respect of their environment, and tend to eschew fossil fuels. This translates to increased walking and/or utilizing public transportation methods, which in turn increases physical activity.

CONCLUSION

The Vegan Diet is not necessarily a diet, but rather, a lifestyle. Making a decision to be a Vegan is one that creates awareness and promotes responsibility. While diets come in a variety of packages, at their core, they are all a method for increasing awareness about one’s food intake, which will in turn, contribute to weight loss.

Common Misspellings

Veaganism, Veagan, veegan, veghan, vegetarian


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Crissie

Being a Vegan is a lifestyle choice. I feel amazing and healthy every day. It requires a lot of dedication and can require a lot of planning in the beginning - so it's not for everyone.

posted Nov 15th, 2008 6:27 pm


Carolyn

I love this lifestyle...but I have a hard time reading the labels...I have made some bad mistakes because I didn't read the labels....But I will continue to try until I get it right...I am a diabetic...so have to watch GI and the oils...

posted Oct 29th, 2008 10:26 pm


amy

pointless

posted Oct 20th, 2008 9:30 am


Roy Taylor

Protein combining is not necessary. This is an old outdated concept. Also veganism isn't a diet - it's a lifestyle that excludes cruelty to animals, so that involves the barbaric animal cruelty that is used to get wool, silk, leather, and vivisection. Going vegan dropped my monthly food bill by 25% so spend that extra money to buy organic. Vegans need to ensure that they take a vitamin B12 supplement or food fortified with vitamin B12, but that's a hastle that is well worth it when you consider the horrific animal cruelty you are avoiding.

posted Oct 1st, 2008 10:38 am


Vegan Eating Out

For a list of Vegan Restaurant and Fast Food Chain Menu Options visit: Eating Out Vegan Diet Menu

posted Sep 22nd, 2008 9:37 am


Laura

Food combining to get enough protein is outdated and incorrect. As long as you eat a variety of food, it's almost impossible to NOT get enough amino acids to form protein. Everyone should be as well-versed as most vegans when choosing foods. If only people knew (or cared) what they eat, then maybe the planet would be a little healthier.

posted Mar 7th, 2008 9:05 am



 

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