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How To Transition To A Vegan Diet To Improve Your Health

Jan 7th 2014 at 8:01 PM

The idea of a plant-based diet is becoming increasingly popular these days. Given all of the benefits of a nutrient dense, high-fiber meal plan, you’ll find many experts more than willing to praise those who are willing to make the shift to a new way of eating and embracing life.

Because the vegan lifestyle may seem to be a challenge beyond anything you’ve ever undertaken and may appear to be a far step from what you’re used to, you could be wondering if this will work for you. After all, you’ve been eating this way for the better part of your life and stopping midstream to change course could be a little scary. But if you are successful in making the change, you could very soon find yourself saying goodbye to obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes all at the same time; this fact is confirmed by medical professionals at the Scripps Institute,

The health benefits of plant-based diets are well-supported by evidence. According to research findings, people who ate vegan diets had lower cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and levels of obesity when compared to those who regularly consumed meat.

So, if you’re looking to increase your level of fitness as you age, you will probably enjoy the benefits you will experience with a vegan diet.

Vegan PlateHow to Start

Rather than focus on the weight loss as your goal for a vegan diet, try to concentrate on the healthier aspects it offers. Once you start to go vegan you will feel more fit and definitely see some improvements in your overall health.

One of the greatest challenges to the potential vegan dieter is finding the right sources for the foods they can consume. While many of the restaurants will cater to a vegetarian diet, they often stop short of fulfilling the special needs of vegans. Because of this, you will need to learn to do much of your own cooking.

Going vegan is more than just replacing the main components of a meal but will also require you to find other tastes to satisfy your palate. Learning how to use spices to flavor your foods will help to get used to the new lifestyle you’re trying.

Give Your Body a Chance to Adjust

With your new eating habits, your body will need to learn how to adjust to some drastic changes. The average American eats animal products at every meal. It is expected of them. Cutting everything off cold turkey will be a bit of a shock and you may experience what you might think of as withdrawal symptoms; excess fatigue, foggy head, etc.

Just like with any other nutrition plan, you need to make sure that what you are getting is pure vegan. Many food providers will boast that they are purely vegan but will not be all that healthy, often slipping in animal fats or processed ingredients in the preparation. Your best bet to avoid such symptoms is to make sure that your foods are natural and not processed and to get plenty of water for hydration. The Chubby Vegan explains this point,

Your body is going to be in for a bit of a shock when you switch to vegan, and I suggest you go about this slowly, such as increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans in your diet while decreasing dairy, eggs, and meat.

Your new diet will have a higher amount of fiber so your digestive system will need a bit more help; an increased amount of water in your system will make the transition go more smoothly.

Remember, vegan diets are not one-size-fits-all so feel free to experiment until you find the formula that will have you feeling your best.

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