VEGAN NUTRITION GUIDE
In this complete vegan nutrition guide, we’re going to be getting into all the nutrient considerations of a plant-based diet. With a bit of knowledge and effort, getting all the nutrients you need through a well-planned vegan diet is not only possible but also delicious, simple and healthy. If you’re worried about vegan nutrient deficiencies this post should answer your questions and inspire and encourage you to confidently continue your whole food plant-based journey.
WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET?
Veganism is the practice of minimizing harm to all animals by abstaining from animal products such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin, lanolin, wool, fur, silk, suede, and leather. It is more than a diet, it is a way of living that seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
PLANT-BASED VS. VEGAN?
Wondering what the difference is between a plant-based diet and a vegan diet? Well, they’re very similar but there do differ a bit. To be vegan means no down comforters, no wool socks, no honey, no gelatin-based candy and of course, no eating dairy, eggs, meat or fish. A plant-based diet, on the other hand, is just about the food.
WHAT IS A PLANT-BASED DIET?
You can pretty much guess what a plant-based diet is all about from the term plant-based. If you eat a plant-based diet you may not necessarily be vegan and you might have other reasons for eating that way than just compassion. For me, it started with compassion and led to health. As I learned about modern-day meat production, it was clear to me that I couldn’t be a part of it. From there, the more I educated myself on health and nutrition, the deeper my love for plant-based eating grew. The more I learned, the more it re-affirmed my why for eating the way I do.
WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN DIET?
Vegetarians abstain from eating meat and fish but still include other animal products such as eggs and dairy in their diet.
WHAT DO VEGANS EAT?
Vegans eat a lot! I know when you’re starting out it might seem like there’s nothing to eat but once you get the hang of it, vegan eating is fun, delicious and healthy. I never feel like I’m missing out on anything. A vegan diet consists of only plant foods but vegans eat many of the same foods that non-vegans would: pasta, stir-fry, salad, sandwiches, burgers, pancakes, tacos and even pizza. Basically, anything animal-based can be made vegan. Once you get the hang of some vegan tips and tricks, you’ll be creating plant-based versions of all your favourite dishes in no time.