Many people choose to have a vegan diet because they think this is a good way out of an unhealthy lifestyle. But having a vegan diet is not easy, there are many nutrition risks, and if you are not well informed, it can even lead to health problems.
What do you get on a vegan diet?
If you are about to jumpstart your "healthier" life, there is a chance that you just head to the nearest grocery store and grab as many greens and fruits as you can. However, walking the talk that you are on a vegan diet is more complex than that: first, you have to identify which nutrients you need; second, list down all the sources of these nutrients; and third, keep the balance among these sources.
If you have successfully plotted your diet, here are some of the best benefits of being a real vegan:
- You get enough carbohydrates, protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants, and other nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables.
- You keep yourself away from having any diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and obesity.
- You get physical changes that are positive for weight loss, improved body mass index (BMI), healthier and glowing skin, less chance of allergies, migraines and even premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
However, due to an imbalanced practice of vegan diet, there is a good chance you don’t get the above-mentioned benefits. These are the 3 most common mistakes that won’t let you achieve the healthy lifestyle that you want by going vegan
1. You are drinking your calories
When we speak about diet, we mean both drinking and eating. There are a lot of different ways to incorporate vegetables into your drinks and meals. So, do not just think of changing what you eat, but also what you drink. We always keep an eye on what we eat, and then we forget that while we drink the vegan way, we have lost track of a number of calories we get from drinking liquids.
Keep in mind that we can also drink calories. Check what you are drinking and how many calories does your drink contain. Orange juice, mocha, sodas, fruit drinks, sweet tea, and beers are the most noted contributors of calories that are still present in the vegan diet. Diminish the intake of these and drink as much water as possible.
2. You are not getting enough nutrients (you need protein)
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Maintain the balance of nutrients in your meals. Be aware of the nutritional content of each component of your vegan diet and identify which nutrient/s you fail to get from your food. Make sure to establish a good ratio between fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that are essential for your body.
It is possible to get protein from other sources than meat, but you have to be very careful and be certain that you’re getting all the nutrients that your body needs. Please consult a nutritionist to identify which are the best foods to compose your vegan diet.
3. You always forget to read the labels
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Lesson: read before you pay for it.
Regardless if you are changing your diet or improving your latest one, it is of the utmost importance to always check the label. Whether you are getting canned goods or even food supplements, you should spend some time reading what it contains and if it has ingredients that might affect your new lifestyle.
Start reading the labels of all you eat and you might be surprised by all the weird things that your foods contain. If something on the list doesn’t sound right, just do a quick google search to make sure that it won’t hurt your body.
Tips to maximize the potentials and perks of being on a vegan diet:
- Make sure you are eating the right amount of serving per meal.
- Let your excess fats be oxidized through proper breathing when exercising, and releasing enough sweat.
- Keep an eye on the number of carbohydrates you eat.
- Avoid eating too much junk food even if they are plant-based. These snacks still contain sugar, sodium, and excessive calories and carbohydrates.
A vegan diet is one of the most effective ways towards a healthier lifestyle. It lessens the pool of choices of food, diminishing the chance of you getting the unhealthy snacks. However, getting into a vegan diet is not as easy as others think it is. It is complicated because you need to analyze which nutrients do you need, and how much of it must be consumed to avoid gaining extra weight and getting the insufficient amount of nutrients.
Want to kick start a healthier lifestyle? Go on a detox yoga retreat and prepare your body to embrace the benefits of a vegan diet!