7 Things You Didn't Know About Going Vegan
At Nutriseed we are big supporters of the vegan diet. The nutritional benefits of such a lifestyle choice are quite remarkable, and can definitely be extremely tasty too.
We are frequently asked for advice on embarking on a vegan-friendly diet, and wanted to share some of what we’ve learnt with you too.
Here are 7 things that most people don’t know about going vegan:
- Your body will thank you for it.
Whilst remaining on a vegan diet your intake of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins (all the good stuff) will naturally increase, which similarly to a cold-pressed juice diet, means that you stand to enjoy increased energy, stronger hair and nails and improved complexion; the list goes on. Many people also enjoy gradual weight loss as a result of the change in lifestyle too.
- You don’t have to eat ‘rabbit food’.
Lettuce and kale can sometimes be dismissed as ‘rabbit’ food, but don’t listen to anyone until you’ve tried it. (Have you tried our Kale Chips recipe, or even the Nutriseed Cold-Pressed Juice Diet?). As you can probably tell, we’re big fans. However, there’s far more to the vegan diet than salads and smoothies; you have a plethora of delicious and healthy meal options at your fingertips. As an example, just check out our Vegan Chili Con Carne Recipe!
- You can easily enjoy all the protein that you need.
One of the most common questions that we get asked is how those on a vegan diet keep up their protein intake. The truth is that there is an abundance of plant-based protein sources out there. Quinoa, buckwheat, nuts, seeds and many more are all healthy, rich sources of protein. If you are looking for natural and organic plant-based protein shakes, there are also many available, our top recommendation is Nutriseed Superfood Protein.
- You can still treat yourself.
When considering a vegan diet, most people begin to think of the restrictions that this places on your choices of food. However, it’s a great time to be vegan, not only is the awareness among restaurants and eateries greater than ever, but these days there are so many quality vegan alternatives around. Vegan friendly cheeses, nut milks, meat alternatives and treats are now mainstream and more available than ever! We have goldmine of vegan-friendly recipes too, just check out our Vegan Chocolate Brownies.
- You’ll meet like-minded people.
Veganism, just like any other lifestyle choice, presents with it a community of people that can share knowledge and experiences with. Getting involved with the vegan community socially can do wonders for your knowledge, wellbeing, positivity, and even your social life. Going to events such as VegFest, can really open your eyes to the vegan community, and help you on your way.
- You’ll save pounds, not pennies.
Another common misconception is that vegan foods are expensive. Quite to the contrary, doing your weekly shop without meats, cheeses and lots more, will in fact make your shop far more affordable. It’s best to stock up on your staples; lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, pastas, seeds, herbs and spices and then go and buy your fresh fruit and vegetables. Have a look at menus in restaurants too; eating out will also be a fraction of the price.
- You’re a savour.
Okay, that sounds a little cheesy, but you are in fact saving lives by enjoying a vegan lifestyle. Its rather obvious that by not consuming animal products you will be saving animals’ lives, (according to research, an average 198 animals per year), but that’s for another blog post. Right now this is about you. There are documentaries all over the media explaining the benefits of veganism, and the adverse effects of animal products. This lifestyle choice could be the biggest decision you make in the quest for a healthy life.