Am I already eating vegan foods?
Yes, you are already consuming vegan foods. All fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, oats and grains are animal free, or vegan.
Other common vegan foods are oatmeal, orange juice, peanut butter, lentils, bulgar, beans, salads, guacamole, spaghetti and breads (free of milk and eggs, which most are). You’re probably already making healthy vegetarian recipes, so take it a step further and cut out animal products and use vegetarian meat (vegan).
Eating vegan does not have to be boring. Instead, I suggest you make recipes that you already enjoy, just substitute animal based ingredients for vegetarian meat options and other non-animal choices. Visit the substitutions page for ideas . Write a comment with any questions you may have or highlight a new item you found that you want to share with others. If you do not want to make a meal from a recipe, then choose a vegetarian meat that you want to eat (vegan), a vegetable and a grain. As long as you choose animal free ingredients, you will be doing your body good.
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There are many health reasons why you should eat a vegan diet.
Cancer causing foods primarily come from meat products. “A number of hypotheses have been advanced to explain the connection between meat consumption and cancer risk. First, meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) formed during the processing or cooking of meat. HCAs, formed as meat is cooked at high temperatures, and PAHs, formed during the burning of organic substances, are believed to increase cancer risk. In addition, the high fat content of meat and other animal products increases hormone production, thus increasing the risk of hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.” http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php
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A 4th generation cattle rancher reveals why you should give up animal protein (meat and dairy products). After developeing spinal cord cancer, this rancher linked his condition to animal protein and eliminated meat and dairy from his diet and lived. Animal protein contributes to the promotion of cancer. Casein is an animal protein that stimulates the growth of cancer cells in all of its developmental stages. You can find this harmful element in dairy products, most prominent in cheese and skim milk. Men should be concerned about animal protein, especially dairy, since intake promotes prostate cancer, representing 25% of all types of cancers. Beware when you by vegetarian cheese, such as Veggie Slices, since this contains cancer promoting casein. Read ingredients on packages before you buy. Buy dairy free vegan brands, such as Vegan, Rice Vegan, Daiya, Vegan Gourmet, Tofutti, and Soya Kaas (select). Visit this sites substitution page for vegetarian meat suggestions and dairy alternatives which are all plant based.
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The American Dietetic Association annually publishes its position on vegan diets:
Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.
A vegan version of the nutritional food pyramid which normally includes meat and animal products.
Doctors Dean Ornish, T. Colin Campbell, John A. McDougall and Caldwell Esselstyn claim that high animal fat and protein diets, such as the standard American diet, are detrimental to health. They also state that a lifestyle change incorporating a low fat vegan diet could not only prevent various degenerative diseases, such as coronary artery disease, but reverse them.
According to the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, diets that avoid meat tend to have lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein, and higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and phytochemicals. People who avoid meat are reported to have lower body mass index than those following the average Canadian diet; from this follows lower death rates from ischemic heart disease; lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.
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If you’re looking for a healthy eating guide that is easy to understand and incorporate into your daily routine, then look no further. Eating For Energy – Raw Food Diet For Weight Loss, by Yuri Elkaim brings it home with an in-depth plan to help you achieve optimal health while boosting your energy level naturally and helping to prevent disease. This book is reader friendly and captivating, containing a wealth of information on plant-based, whole food nutrition to feed your brain and nourish your body. I like how Yuri categorizes and defines what you need to do to better your health, along with giving action steps to help you along the way. Yuri outlines how replacing 5 glasses of animal milk with 100 grams of sesame seeds delivers your daily calcium intake, and it’s vegan!
What I did not like about the book was the recommendation of whey protein and omega-3 fish oil (derived from sardines, anchovies, mackerel, etc.). Being vegan, I do not consume any animal ingredients. There is a liquid omega-3 that has no animal derivatives. However, he did offer up hemp protein as an alternative to whey protein. And, he did suggest reducing and eliminating meat and dairy from your diet altogether! So, I am still a strong believer in this e-book.
The best part is the brainless 12-week meal plan. It’s already planned for you, so you don’t have to think about what you are going to eat. Just make the fabulous recipes, full of superfoods and good nutrition. Although there are no pictures, and I am big on pictures, none were needed. The fresh living ingredients and the combinations in each recipe drew me in. This book is an absolute must have if you are serious about bettering your health, losing weight, and living a vibrant life.
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