Veganism: More than a Diet

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Veganism: More than a Diet

Transitioning To A Vegan Lifestyle

Did you know that one in 10 Americans are vegan or vegetarian? There are increasing numbers of people choosing a plant-based diet, but many are also trying to adopt veganism as an overall lifestyle. Plant-based recipes are rich in nutrients, such as vegan sushi or avocado on toast. There are a wide range of dishes that can be eaten within a vegan diet, and you may now be thinking of expanding your lifestyle to include veganism in other areas of your life. Have a look at some of the ways you can expand your veganism in your diet and throughout your life.

 

Embrace Healthier Food

Although veganism is said to improve heart health and protect against cancer, it is still possible to choose less healthy options. They are unlikely to be harmful if not eaten in excess, but some products can contain higher amounts of sodium and sugar. Traditional vegan options can be mostly or all vegetable based, and there is a variety to choose from for a fulfilling and tasty diet. The best way to determine whether a product is healthy is to check the sodium content. If it is higher than 400 mg or more then it can be eaten occasionally, but avoid eating it every day. Most vegan foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats; therefore, it can be a lot easier to have a healthier lifestyle.

 

Grow Your Own

Why not try growing some of your own ingredients to try new recipes? If you have a garden, you have the opportunity to explore new vegetables to add to your diet. You can also guarantee that there is no fertilizer made from animal manure or remains, and can avoid toxic chemicals. Just remember to wait until your vegetables are fully ripe: research shows that they will contain more Vitamin C than those picked too early. Any ingredients you cannot grow or do not have the garden space for can be purchased to make a fuller meal. You can also grow herbs and spices indoors to guarantee that your meals will be full of flavor.

 

Expanding Further

You may be considering adopting a vegan lifestyle instead of just eating vegan. This may involve purchasing products which do not harm animals or contain animal products, including clothing, toiletries and make up. As many companies are now seeing the benefits of selling vegan products, they are becoming easier to find and make a part of your lifestyle. You could even go one step further and make your home more sustainable by avoiding using wood and other harmful products. Forests provide habitats for around two-thirds of all land dwelling animals: therefore, avoiding wooden structures means you are contributing to helping the environment.

Veganism is a belief and a lifestyle for many people, and not just a diet choice. There are many ways to incorporate vegan practices into your life, starting with your food, and ending in the home.

 

Written by Jocasta Patten