Are vegan diets healthy?
Is going vegan really healthy in the long-term?
You need meat to survive, right?
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Okay, I admit going vegan done wrongly can quite rightly be unhealthy however done correctly and you can reap the full benefits of a plant based diet whilst also meeting all of your recommended daily intakes of vitamins and minerals.
So a little background story…
If you were to describe someone who was on the opposite spectrum of a vegan, then that would have been me!
Just a couple of years ago, I was a chicken‘n’brown rice kind of guy. Often having chicken twice a day with three eggs in the morning, and, at first I felt great. It wasn’t until after a few years of following such a diet that I started feeling crappy: I was tired and sluggish, and I lacked the energy that I once had.
I wanted to find out why and so I started tracking and seeing what had changed in my diet. Nothing! So why the decline in energy?
Now this post isn’t about what I ate previous to becoming vegan but more so about the fact that I thought I was eating a well-balanced nutritional diet. But how wrong I was!
Even though I had dismissed veganism in the past, my research kept directing me to it. That’s when I thought; why not give it a try? It wasn’t till going vegan that I realised how unhealthy my old lifestyle and eating habits actually were.
Today, my diet is completely different, and I’ve never felt more alive.
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Improving one’s health is the foundation of living a meaningful vegan life: without your health, nothing else matters. I’m not looking to convert anyone to tracking their food intake 24/7 but more so to just be aware of what you are putting into your body so that you can make your vegan lifestyle a healthy one. I want you to feel great so you can better enjoy your life for many years from now.
My current vegan diet…
- 1.5 scoops (40g) Bulk Powders complete vegan protein blend
- 100g medjool dates
- 80g wholegrain oats
- 30g Linwoods Organic flaxseeds
- 30g walnuts
- 50g raisins
- 1 medium banana
- 300ml coconut milk
- 100g watermelon
- 1 TREK Cocoa Coconut flapjack
- 1 serving of my Mexican Kidney Bean Avocado Super Bowl
Vegan Sushi Buddha Bowl (recipe coming soon)
- 100g (uncooked weight) sushi rice
- 80g (drained weight) chickpeas
- 100g cucumber
- 100g carrots
- 100g kale
- 25g spring onions
- 1tbsp soy sauce
- 10g Harissa paste
- 1 braeburn apple
- 100g spinach
- 150g frozen berry mix
- 1 PACK’d frozen fruit & vegetable pouch + superfood sachet
- 1tbsp organic crunchy peanut butter
Not bad at all! I still think my diet can be improved however, therefore in order to do so I will apply the following:
- Switch the Trek bar with 50g sunflower seeds and add this into my Mexican Kidney Bean Avocado Super Bowl. This will increase my Vitamin E and selenium levels.
- Consume a Vitamin D3 supplement (2500iu).
- Consume a vegan BCAA supplement.
By making just these two changes you can clearly see what great impact this has on my overall health.
I urge you to start tracking your eating habits TODAY! So next time someone asks you is “going vegan really healthy long term?”
You can show them a screenshot of your diet and how healthy it really is and then ask them to compare.
(Caution they may decline)…