By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Lifestyle. At Friday, May 03rd 2019, 20:54:45 PM.
Far too often people shrug off the idea of vegan‐ism for fear of missing a particular food, or they try vegan-ism but end up giving it up in it’s entirety for similar reasons. This is often the result of jumping into vegan-ism too quickly with too little preparation. That’s why it is so important to take the transition at a pace that works for you so that it’s sustainable. Learn the ins and outs of how the particular food is produced – this is often enough to turn you off the food for good. Cut out all barrier foods at once. Most people find that cravings for these foods only last a few short weeks and then they subside.
Every little bit counts. Whether you go vegetarian, vegan, or simply cut down your consumption of animal products, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Don’t let yourself get caught up in trying to label yourself based on your diet. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed. Adopting a vegan lifestyle isn’t necessarily difficult, but there is a learning curve. Take your time, expect some mistakes, learn from them, and move on!
Almost all plant‐based foods offer high amounts of antioxidants and/or have some anti-inflammatory properties, which means they help stop the progression of disease by supplying nutrients that fight oxidative stress. Diets that are high in vegetables, fruit and other plant foods like legumes or ancient grains provide lots of nutrients, including antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, such as flavonoids, Resveratrol, Quercetin, beta-carotene and more; essential vitamins, such as vitamin C, E and A; trace minerals, such as manganese or phosphorus; and electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. A nutrient‐dense diet is beneficial for gut health, boosting immunity against illnesses, slowing down the effects of aging, protecting against cancer and heart disease, and preventing deficiencies that can lead to many negative reactions.