Want to go Vegan? Here are 4 tips to get started and change your eating style

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Primarily, veganism has three pillars: it spares animals from human cruelties, helps the environment, and it’s a good deal for your health. If you want to change your lifestyle in terms of eating, read more and make up your mind.

World Vegan Day celebrates on the first of November

Veganism has several benefits, such as improved heart health and weight loss, among others, from cutting out animal products and switching to a vegetarian diet. But remember: it’s a significant dietary change. Fill yourself in with information before saying out loud: "I’m vegan". In other words, get informed and be a conscious vegan. Nature and animals will love it.

The origin of Veganism

The most important veganism institution on the planet, The Vegan Society, was founded in November 1944. The idea came up to increase the options for food, due to the shortages that World War II caused around the world, especially in Europe.

The proposal of the Vegan Movement, however, goes far beyond just eating vegetables, i.e., its goal, beyond a "more purified diet", will always be the uncompromising fight for the emancipation of animals, freeing them from sacrifice to serve and satisfy human whims.  

3 pillars of Veganism

1 - For animals

Given that animals are sentient beings, they should have the right to dignity. Being vegan means not consuming anything that has an animal origin, whether for food, clothing, cleaning, or beauty products (which had animals as guinea pigs). This goes for fish, crustaceans, insects, poultry, and dairy products.

The bottom line: the breeding of animals for slaughter or testing is not only an act of cruelty, but also causes irreversible damage to the ecosystem, such as biodiversity imbalance, shortage of fresh water, and pollution in general.

2 - For health  

When well planned, the vegan diet has all the nutrients the human body needs. According to studies developed by the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there is no scientific basis that human being needs meat protein. A vegan diet is beneficial for keeping blood pressure at normal levels, lowering cholesterol, and avoiding diabetes, and some types of cancer.

The bottom line: consuming whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, rich in beneficial fiber, vitamins, and minerals, "purifies" the human body. 

3 - For the environment

The consumption of only plants and their derivatives is a form of sustainability since the production of vegan food only requires 1/3 of the land needed when compared to a meat and milk diet. The vegan lifestyle is also responsible for reducing the carbon footprint.

The bottom line: with the growing global food and water shortage, due to a multitude of environmental and socio-economic problems, veganism emerges as a salvation for the planet and people. 

The vegan diet is rich in protein

Myths against the all-vegetable diet have been scientifically debunked

The myth that meat protein cannot be replaced by vegetable protein is falling apart. This turns out to be a huge mistake. Regardless few differences, read here about the 5 myths of vegetarianism. The fact is that the meat industry and the animal-based clothing industry do not want to lose ground.

Consumers who realize that plant-based food supplies their protein have taken the point. Gout, for example, is a disease that can be alleviated by reducing meat consumption.

According to the nutritional biochemist, Roger Williams, Ph.D., who coined the term 'biochemical individuality', "Veganism or vegetarianism cannot be seen as a diet that weakens people, because no one’s organism is strictly identical to another. In other words, people require different nutrients based on their unique genetic map,"

4 tips to get you into the world of veganism:

  1. Research safely: search for sources that are referenced by serious researchers. There are also profiteers in this area such as the so-called "greenwashers" (falsifying data for easy profit) who deceive the less cautious guy. Watch out for them.

  2. Get info from a professional: before getting into a drastic dietary change, it is a smart call to consult a nutritionist who will prescribe the ideal diet according to your biotype after tests that might detect all of your nutritional deficiencies.

  3. Buy organic products from reputable places: only purchase organic products or go to vegan restaurants if they are endorsed by the market. Therefore, before going to them, good research is also recommended.  

  4. The misinformed dude: when any subject is controversial, you will always be attacked by those who ignore it. The best tip is not to argue with them, but to help them to change some principles, by giving them links and guidelines to learn more about veganism. So maybe you’ll be helping them to improve their health. 

     

    By Marco Veado - THINK GREEN