How To Vegan Responsibly
More and more people are going vegan every year for ethical and health reasons. However, it is one thing to declare you're "going vegan", but another to vegan responsibly. Which vegan are you?
Understand What a Vegan Is
Although a diet is part of being vegan, it is not all that being vegan is. Donald Watson was the father of veganism. He had been vegetarian for over 80 years and vegan for over 60 years and invented the word ‘vegan’ by shortening the word “vegetarian. “The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude -- as far as is possible and practical -- all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose, and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals, and the environment. In dietary terms, it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partially from animals." Evidence of people choosing to avoid animal products can be traced back to over 2,000 years.
Many Vegans Don’t Vegan Responsibly
More than caring about animals and the planet, you have a responsibility to yourself. When you remove animal products from your diet and do not replace them with wholesome, fresh and nourishing foods, you may feel sluggish and deficient. The vegan diet is a plant-based strict vegetarian diet after all, but can turn into more of a processed food habit for those irresponsibly beginning the journey. Sooner or later symptoms of deficiency can begin to creep in, then the diet is to blame.
How To Be A Better Vegan
There are no good or bad vegans. There are only vegans who have a better understanding how important nutrition is to their health. It is not enough to just dump animal products from the diet and replace them with less nourishing processed foods – this is where you’ll see a deficiency.
Deciding to go vegan and give up animal products is, essentially, the easy part of making any lifestyle change. After all, change is simply about making a choice. However, for the vegan, once the choice to give up animal products is put into action, the real challenge lies in navigating new food choices. Therefore, the strict vegetarian, or vegan diet, may become a challenge to navigate without nutritional guidance. This can be the difference between quitting and staying the course. As you are working toward eating more whole and nourishing foods, there are some measures you can take to vegan responsibly.
Always Take The Correct B12
It is beneficial for vegans to supplement with a quality B12. This isn’t new news. Taking a quality B12 supplement is vital for vegans. According to http://gut.bmj.com/content/gutjnl/30/12/1686.full.pdf a report published in the journal Gut, “methylcobalamin, deoxyadenosylcobalamin and
hydroxycobalamin are major forms of cobalamin (vitamin B12).”
The B12 you want to take has both methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, as this is the most bioavailable and healing to the liver according to Anthony William, NY Times Best Selling Author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. Supplementing with the correct B12 is vital. There are many B12 products on the market today and it is important to know which one to take.
Take Omega 3’s Daily
According to a Harvard Report “The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids (also called omega-3 fats and n-3 fats). These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food.” Foods high in plant-based Omega-3 include nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flaxseed oil, and leafy vegetables.
Omega 3’s are important brain food. Most people rely on toxic fish oil to get their omega 3’s. However, this isn’t an option for vegans, who thrive on a plant-based source of omega 3’s every day, such as those found abundantly in flax seed. The most bioavailable Omega 3’s to supplement with for vegans is a plant-based Omega 3 supplement that contains the fatty acids EPA & DHA.
Take A Multivitamin
Just because you avoid animal products doesn’t mean you are eating healthy, especially if you tend to be eating higher amounts of processed replacement foods. This is where a multivitamin can be helpful. That is not to say that eating a high amount of processed animal-free foods is ok – it’s not. You should still work to remove these foods from the diet. But that being said, if you are eating more processed foods than you should (and even if you’re not) a multivitamin is essential for the maintenance of your health. Nature provides a multivitamin called Spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae. It is the world's first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth.
Better than any commercial bought multivitamin on earth, Spirulina has between 55 and 70% protein (more than beef, chicken, and soybeans), 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, as well as high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, phosphorus, nucleic acids RNA & DNA, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex that is found only in blue-green algae.
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Gain Control Over Your Nutrition
To vegan responsibly, it is important to take an active role in your nutrition and nourish yourself properly. It’s fine to go off animal products but if you swap them out with processed vegan foods, you’re headed for trouble. Be certain that the foods you are eating are preferably organic and as fresh as possible. If you are giving the vegan lifestyle a bare minimum effort, and eating processed foods simply because they don’t contain animal products, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. These foods are denatured, dead f, ods with preservatives, additives, and colorings. What is more, most processed foods contain hidden MSG in the form of protein powders, citric acid, natural flavorings, and vanilla flavorings and should, therefore, be avoided.
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