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Veganism means living on products that come from plant, with exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, animal milk, and all dairy industry product (cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.), eggs,honey, and all other foods of animal origin.
It also excludes the use of animal products such as fur, wool,leather, and silk, items like clothing.
Vegans make efforts to avoid all animal secretions,oils, etc., that are used in many industries such as cosmetics, toiletries, household goods,and other everyday commodities.
Veganism encourages alternatives for these and all other materials from animal sources.
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Why go vegan ?
Choosing a vegan lifestyle has become very common in recent years and is on a steady rise. The reasons are different and varied. But surely efficiency for our environment, our body and especially our conscience. Humans who previously lived under basic conditions in order to survive have reached a point where abundance ishes their world and blurs the boundaries between good and evil and what is not allowed.
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How to go vegan ?
Take it slow when transiting to veganism, do it right and not just an overnight choice. Try new things related to veganism, new vegan recipes, new lifestyle…Keep learning and don’t stop on your first day, ask for help from other vegan people and remember why you are transiting to veganism. The most important thing “Don’t give up” because there are times when you might feel really lonely and you will have to accept the fact that your favorite restaurant doesn’t have a vegan menu.
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What does being a vegan mean?
A vegan is an individual who abstains from consuming, wearing or using any animal or animal products. It means saying “no” to cruelty and the destruction of the environment and “yes” to a compassionate, healthy life.
How much protein do you need?
For most people of average build and physical activity, protein requirements fall in the daily range of between 0.8-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Of course, the range is broad and affected by your weight and amount of physical activity exerted on a daily basis.
Where do vegans get their protein?
People not familiar with veganism often assume that it’s impossible to get enough protein on a vegan diet. This is largely do to the misconception that plant-based foods do not contain protein. The truth is that it’s easy to get enough protein on a vegan diet if you eat multiple servings of high-lysine foods such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains (example: quinoa) on a daily basis.
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What foods can I eat on a vegan diet?
People have this misconception that a vegan diet is limiting but I find it to be the complete opposite. I started frequenting markets, shopping online and following some vegan cooking blogs and it turned out the possibilities are endless. I’m an advocate for whole, natural foods so just because Oreo’s are vegan doesn’t mean you should eat it. On a vegan diet you can enjoy: fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, soups, pancakes, burritos. cakes, lasagna, tempeh, vegetable milks and cheeses…the list goes on and on and on.
What is clean eating?
Eating clean is the practice of eating fresh, whole foods as close to their natural form. It also means avoiding processed foods which unfortunately make up the majority of the standard American diet such as white bread, hydrogenated oils, table sugar and preservatives. A good rule of thumb is if a food won’t naturally decompose within a week or two it should be avoided. Pop-tarts would survive a zombie apocalypse so imagine the impact they have on your health and waistline.
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Will I be able to lose weight on a vegan diet?
Undoubtedly yes! Most people that transition to a clean eating vegan diet note weight loss as a positive side effect but of course the trick is eating clean. You can be a junk food vegan who eats Oreo’s, chips and other processed garbage but to lose weight and live a healthy life you need to eat whole, natural foods.
Check out my story : How I lost 20 kg in 6 months with just a vegan diet
What are some of the health benefits I can expect from a whole foods, plant based vegan diet?
The health benefits that come along with eating a vegan diet are a huge motivator behind people’s decision to make the change. The consumption of less animal based foods and more plant based ones leads to lower blood pressure, weight loss, increased amounts of energy, healthier hair skin and nails, lower cholesterol, decreased chance of cancer and other degenerative diseases and a total reversal of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
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What about eating at restaurants, is it possible to eat out as a vegan?
Restaurants are becoming more aware of the vegan health movement and are starting to cater more to our dietary needs. Large cities tend to have more strictly vegan eateries, I’m looking at you Portland, but since we all can’t live in a big city there are tricks to ordering vegan items from some of your favorite restaurants. Always ask for your food to be cooked in oil instead of butter or better yet lose the fat all together. Meals can easily be modified without meat, egg or cheese and remember to always do your research before eating out. I recommend using the Happy Cow which is a searchable dining guide for vegetarian and vegan restaurants and please, please, please always carry healthy snacks with you so you never have to turn to unhealthy, processed, non-vegan foods.
For more resources check out this article : Eating Out While Vegan
Do i need to take supplements if i am vegan or vegetarian?
There are claims of vitamin deficiency for those who are vegan or eating a vegetarian diet. However, these claims are not conclusive. Many recommendations mention that both Vegans and non-vegans alike should take Vitamin B12. It used to be that people who ate animal food were getting the B12 they needed, but with food becoming compromised, B12 is prolific.
What documentaries do you recommend?
There are a number of documentaries that we recommend for people who want to learn more about veganism or vegetarianism:
Forks Over Knives
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead
All of these documentaries are available on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.
How many teaspoons in a tablespoon ?
1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons.
How many teaspoons in a cup ?
1 US cup is equal to 48 teaspoons.