So, you are thinking of trying out the vegan life. Good for you! But, let me tell you, it is not as easy as not eating chocolate for a week or month. There are a lot of food factors that you need to consider when becoming a vegan.
Bereaving your body from animal products should only be done once you understand the vegan lifestyle. In order to supplement the vitamins and minerals that come from meat and dairy products, you need to be very familiar with the vegetarian world.
Here is what you need to expect before you throw yourself on the vegan bandwagon next to Jay-Z and Beyonce.
All pro-meat slogans include Vitamin B12 in them. This vitamins is mostly prevalent in animal foods, and therefore, very hard to stack up on if you are giving these foods away. B12 carries out some crucial body functions, such as keeping the blood cells healthy, creating DNA, and making sure your organism is not tired.
Lack of Vitamin B12 can often lead to visible tiredness, weakness, nerve problems and even in some cases depression. Being deficient in B12 can stimulate muscle loss as well. Also known as bad weight loss.
A simple blood test can quickly show if you are low on B12. So, the first thing you want to do when switching to a vegan diet is to stock up on B12-fortified foods and supplements. One such food can be fortified almond milk.
Inadequate amount of iron can lead to a type of anemia. In fact, this is the most prevalent and common type of deficiencies among children and women.
Lack of iron has been proven to cause a wide range of health problems. The most widespread in modern society are varieties of digestive and gastrointestinal diseases as well as impaired cognitive function.
See, iron is split into two categories: heme and non-heme. Heme is the type of iron that our bodies can absorb effortlessly. This is also the type that makes up around 40 percent of the iron in food and other animal products.
Vegan foods are comprised only of non-heme iron, which science has demonstrated to be harder to absorb by the body. For this reason, not only will you have to consume more iron on a daily basis. But, you will also need to up your Vitamin C uptake. The reason being is that Vitamin C rich foods can help the body break down and absorb iron.
I am sure you have heard this one before. Proteins are essential to promoting healthy cells and repairing our bodies. It is no secret that animal products are very rich on protein. So, if you are giving up animal foods, you will have to look elsewhere for your 50-80 grams of daily protein intake.
There are some good and rich sources of vegan protein, such as, lentils, beans, soy and quinoa. However, some of them might be hard on your stomach at first. But, once you get used to and make the complete change, you will love it.