Turning your face as your friend offers a delectable plate of your favorite seafood, grilled chicken or the Pina colada pork ribs?
The reason could be anything but if it is about being vegan, you aren’t the only one. Scores of people worldwide are cutting down on animal products for various reasons – personal health or moral values.
Some choices can be hard to make. Embracing veganism is just one of them.
How? Let’s find out …
What Exactly Going Vegan Means?
I’m Going Vegan…
How often we have heard friends or folks going on a restrictive diet. Pretty much every other person tries some or the other diet plan to cut down the ugly fat, tone the muscles or the latest – gain nutritional health.
A vegan diet consists of your plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, lentils, grains, soy and many more.
Having a planned vegan diet can compensate an average person’s needs for essential nutrients and proteins.
Easier said than done.
And who better than the Oscar-winning actress and Ex-vegan Anna Hathaway can explain who felt her brain rebooted like a computer after she had a piece of Salmon. The actor was reported to be on a strict plant-based diet while prepping for her role as Catwomen in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
What made her change her mind remains an individual thing. She wanted to be in good shape; probably something went wrong with the diet plan or may it didn’t fit in with her rigorous work commitments.
Whatever be the case, practicing veganism needs a strong will and perseverance – something, not every individual is cut out for. Right?
As per Kim Larson, RDN, a health and nutrition coach from Seattle, an average vegan expects to “supplement their diet with calcium, vitamin D, iron, Vitamin B-12, zinc, and they need more protein — about 10 percent more than a carnivore”.
If you feel lethargic even after the supposed planned vegan diet, get in touch with your nutritionist to assess your food intake.
As per American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study in 2009, vegans are at an acute risk of deficient in many nutrients including iron, B12, calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Not surprisingly, many researchers recommend the Mediterranean-styled cooked food that includes your eggs, meat, fish, dairy. This diet is suffused with a bundle of benefits such as vitamin B-12, iron, vitamin D, choline, and calcium to keep your heart health in check.
Your solemn commitment to be Vegan, much to your chagrin, may actually not help the way you believe.
Going Vegan With Meat?
Sounds paradoxical? Let’s dig in more…
A decent volume of academic studies backs the profound benefits of a plant-based diet for living a healthy life.
Well, there is a catch in it!
As per Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health nutrition expert Walter Willett, “it’s not necessary to be 100% vegan in order to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet, which has been linked with lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality. Diets with modest amounts of dairy and fish, and even some poultry and meat, can also be healthy, as long as people steer clear of refined starches and sugar and focus on vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains”.
Referring back to Hathaway case, Salmon, the fatty fish, is rich in many nutrients including the omega-3 fatty acids known for their profound health benefits. Also, the red meat provides heme iron which when absorbed helps in normal functioning of your body.
Vegan diet is good on protein but unfortunately, not on iron.
The Bottom Line is …
We all are influenced by the choices people around us make, albeit at a varying level. And when it comes to top celebs, the frenzy is on some other insane level.
We have Ex-vegan Hathaway, and we have other pro animal activists like musician Moby for whom the transition was quite OK as he pledged to be ‘vegan for life’.
Let’s face it: Being a vegan or not, does not conform to any health benchmark– not for everyone at least.
It is just a different eating design that works wonders for some and not for others. Right? Listen to your body and feed it right for complete health and wellbeing.
Many vegans feel much stronger when they introduce a measured proportion of meat in their diet. And it is perfectly fine if that makes your body feel good.
Make your own food choices based on your optimal nutritional requirements and of course, your personal beliefs or values.
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