Going Green: Vegan Eating To Drop Pounds

March 18, 2013

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VegetablesThere are many different diet and weight loss plans out there. Some call for you to choose specific meal sizes and times, others ask for you to cut out foods like breads. There are even some diets that require you to only eat certain kinds of foods or to take part in fasting to get the weight off.
But if you are looking for a long term solution for weight loss, you will want to find a diet plan that you can stick with, that is chock full of foods that you love and easy to follow guidelines.

If you are someone who loves vegetables and has to have your leafy greens, then veganism may be the diet choice for you. Vegan eating is not to be confused with vegetarian eating. Vegetarians will eat animal products like milk and cheese, and do not partake of meats or fish. Those who are following a vegan diet will not take in any animal product at all, including eggs, milk and cheese.

There are many people who wonder how you get all of the nutrients that you need on a strictly vegan diet. This is actually not as difficult as it sounds. Legumes like pinto beans and red beans offer the same types of protein that eggs and milk do. Calcium that most find in their diet from milks and cheeses can be easily taken in through items like bok choy and garbanzo beans, as well as oranges, lentils and pinto beans.

Soy products are another way to enjoy a vegan diet without giving up the foods that you love. Soy milks and almond milks are a great substitute for animal milk and can be used in cooking as well. Almond butter is a great cooking base for vegan sweets and can even be used for cooking and frying items as well.

Grains are a large part of the vegan diet and they can help you to get the calcium and other nutrients that your body needs. Oatmeal with almond butter and mashed bananas is a great, filling vegan breakfast that does not take a whole lot of prep work and can be enjoyed for several days.

Depending on the types of foods you are eating on a vegan diet, you may need to supplement. This is especially helpful for those who are new to vegan eating, as it will help them to make sure that they are getting all the nutrients of an animal product inclusive diet while they learn which vegan foods they enjoy and which ones offer the nutrients that they need.

While there are vegan specific multi-vitamins on the market, it is not necessary to seek one out if you do not want to. A simple multi-vitamin will have everything that you need to stay on track while you learn the ropes of your new diet, and they are available at almost any mass market, grocery or drug store. These vitamins are easy to digest and work well with a vegan diet.

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