November is Vegan Month…so what does this mean? Veganism is a way of life, not just a specific diet to follow. Being a true vegan doesn’t mean simply omitting animal products from your diet, it also means not wearing, using, or owning any animal products either. A vegan lifestyle isn’t for everyone and you don’t have to be a hardcore vegan to benefit from a vegan diet. Why not take the 30-day challenge and see how you feel afterwards? What do you have to lose!
My youngest sister has been a vegan for at least 6 years, maybe longer, and she has been very successful at it. She eats well, is mindful of how she lives, and how everything she does will effect the environment and all living creatures. I’ve met people who do a fantastic job at getting rid of everything in their lives that have to do with animal products, but they look pale and sickly because they have a poor diet. Living a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean eating nothing but beans and rice. You have to have a large variety of foods and make sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to go with your grains, beans, and protein sources.
Even if you don’t decide to try a vegan diet for the sake of animals, you might find there are definite health benefits from abstaining from ingesting animal products. Multiple studies on the effects of eating 100% plant-based diet have been performed over the years. The outcome of such studies show an improvement in the overall health of individuals following a diet that doesn’t include meat and dairy. Less heart disease, fewer cases of cancer, and a greater overall well-being seemed to be prevalent. In case you’re curious about how or if this type of diet might be beneficial for you, here are a few sites you should check out:
This website covers a little bit of everything to do with being a vegan. You’ll find a list of food combinations to help you get the proper amount of protein, how to get enough vitamin D and calcium in your diet without eating dairy products, substitutions for egg and dairy in recipes, a list of restaurants (organized by state) that offer vegan fare, and much more.
For an extensive selection of vegan dishes and beverages, this is a fantastic site. Many people are scared of trying a vegan diet because they are afraid they’ll miss out on all their favorite things. Have no fear, there are plenty of ways around the omission of animal products in just about any type of food you can think of. Try taking a tour of all the delicious recipes the Vegan Chef has to offer and you’ll see what I mean!
Whether you’re looking for clothing, bags, books, candies, body care, vitamins, cleaning products, or treats for your cat or dog, you’ll find it at the Vegan Store. It’s a fantastic online collection of everything vegan and they even have gift baskets available! With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to show you care than to send someone a lovely basket filled with animal-free goodies. The best part is; the person on the receiving end doesn’t have to be a vegan to appreciate all these baskets are filled with.
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If you have a soy allergy, be sure to read labels closely. There are a lot of vegan products that are soy or wheat based. Thankfully, many companies experiment with the use of different grains and how these can be used in place of soy or wheat in many of their products. This means you have tons of options when it comes to avoiding wheat or soy. Peanut butter is another source of protein used in many vegan recipes, so, again, read those labels if you have allergies to certain food products!
Do you think you’d be able to complete the 30-day Vegan Challenge?
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