Veganism is quite often given a bad wrap in the public’s eye. But there are many health benefits to adopting a vegan diet – not to mention the positive environmental impact.
But if you’ve never tackled a vegan diet before, where do you start your journey?
Step One: Understand A Vegan Diet
One of the more crucial parts of changing your diet is understanding what you’re changing it to. For instance, vegan diets are different to vegetarian diets even though they sound very similar.
Even then, once you know the difference between vegan and vegetarian diets, it’s important to understand that there are different types of vegan diets within the ‘vegan’ category itself.
Healthline identifies 7 types of vegan diets. They are:
- Whole-food vegan diet
- Raw-food vegan diet
- The start solution
- Raw till 4
- The thrive diet
- Junk food vegan diet
Step Two: Know Which Foods To Eat
As vegan diets exclude animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy it is important to know what products contain these types of ingredients. So check the ingredient lists of products and do your research.
“Did you know that honey is not a vegan friendly product?”
Foods that are great for a vegan diet include tofu (or other like plant based products such as tempeh and seitan), legumes, nuts, seeds, plant milks, algae (like spirulina and chlorella), nutritional yeast, whole grains, cereals, sprouted and fermented plant foods, and fruits and vegetables.
There are heaps of alternative products on supermarket shelves these days that make the process of going vegan not a difficult one – so don’t worry!
Step Three: Be Aware Of The Risks and How To Mitigate Them
Going vegan isn’t without its health risks – especially if done irresponsibly. We suggest consulting a health professional before you transition to a vegan diet to make sure it’s right for you.
If you are taking part in a vegan diet, be aware of potential nutrient deficiencies. It is quite common for those who have poorly planned vegan diets to have inadequate blood levels of vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3s, iron, calcium and zinc.
But a well planned vegan diet including nutrient-rich whole and fortified foods can help provide adequate nutrient levels.
We’re On The Journey With You
In the past few months, Frugl team members have been slowly switching out traditional meat meals with healthier plant-based alternatives. Some of us still love a good steak and others are making the switch to vegan living after watching the documentary Game Changers. See the trailer below.
Retired MMA fighter James Wilks travels the world to understand plant-based eating, protein and strength.
Have you seen it? Let us know what you thought.