Beginners Guide to going Vegan
Are you a budding vegan or simply curious about the vegan world? Here’s your beginners guide to becoming a vegan.
Veganism? What’s that?
Coined in 1944, the term veganism, according to the Vegan Society, is defined as follows:
“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
What happens to your body when you go vegan?
Being a vegan can be very rewarding, but it can also be somewhat difficult. Many many food companies now offer vegan alternatives, making it easier than ever to switch to this way of living.
Cutting out red meat in a vegan diet can lead to a few vitamin or nutrient deficiencies that we all need. This could lead to headaches, drowsiness, and anaemia, but can be managed. Simply explore the introduction of supplements or alternate sources of all important nutrients.
Benefits of going vegan
Luckily, being a vegan means discovering diverse, exciting, and nutrient-rich foods. While you might need to eliminate many foods, but think about the variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, and plant-based substitutes you will discover. The options are endless and getting the nutrients you need, like vitamin B12, calcium, and iron, just got easier.
And we can’t ignore the health benefits of becoming a vegan. Did you know reducing the risk of heart disease and losing weight are two of the many perks of being vegan? Veganism can also help lower blood sugar levels, improve kidney function, and even prevent some cancers.
Though the transition to becoming a vegan diet may seem difficult, with the growing popularity of this lifestyle, more and more vegan products have become more widely available.
Whether you’re thinking of making this lifestyle change for health or ethical reasons, why not give it a try?