Everybody knows that physical exercise is an important part of being healthy. However, if you want to stay healthy, it’s not enough to just exercise and eat healthier – you have to take care of your mind as well. Your mind can affect your body just as much as your body can affect your mind. Therefore, here are a couple of things you should know about the holistic approach and how it can benefit your lifestyle.
It can help you de-stress
In this day and age, avoiding stress can be quite a difficult challenge. This is why you should have ways of coping with it whenever it starts affecting your well-being. Exercising, in general, can be great for that purpose, but you don’t need to run five miles every morning in order to relax. A peaceful meditation can do the trick as well. Depending on how much free time you have, you can do it in the morning, before bed, or just a few times per week when needed.
As one of the most common holistic exercises, meditation does have many benefits. Besides helping you deal with stress, it can also make you feel better by calming your mind. Consequently, you will become more patient, emotionally stable, mindful, more energized, and more confident about yourself in general.
It can change the way you think
Many of us tend to impose stress on ourselves by worrying about things we cannot change, criticizing our own appearance, feeling guilty about what we eat, etc. Most of us know that it is unhealthy, but not many people know that our thoughts can affect our body. So, what can you do about it?
For starters, you need to recognize situations that make you anxious or stressed out. Once you know what it is that triggers your negative emotions, you should look for coping mechanisms. For example, you can try to shift your focus to positive things or write down the good sides of everything that might seem bad at first. By improving your perception of the world – and yourself – you can improve your health as well.
It can make you fall in love with exercising
Once you start seeing the results on your body, it’ll be much harder for you to go back to the unhealthy lifestyle. Your metabolism will improve, your immunity will be stronger, you will have more stamina, etc. Moreover, improving your physical appearance can help you improve your self-image as well. The truth is, we all feel better when we look good, so it’s an endless positive circle of feeling good and looking good.
This is when you also might start looking for different environments and ways to practice mindful exercising. One of the best places to do so is, unsurprisingly, in nature. So, get your camping gear, and spend a few days meditating near a calming waterfall or doing yoga while surrounded by greenery and sounds of nature.
It can motivate you to eat healthily
You’ve probably heard of the famous quote that you are what you eat, and this is very true. The holistic approach is not just about exercising – it’s about health in general as well. After all, you can exercise all day if you want, but the results won’t be as obvious if you don’t adjust your diet as well. So, enrich your diet with healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, and fish. There are also many healthy snacks that can replace your usual chips and chocolate, like nuts, popcorn, and berries. This also implies that you should learn how to prepare healthier meals and not rely on takeout. This way, you will have more energy, and you will feel good about yourself knowing that you’re providing your body with what it needs.
That being said, you shouldn’t feel guilty about satisfying your cravings from time to time. So, don’t hesitate to enjoy some hot pizza when you go out with your friends. Also, if you’re organizing a movie night with your loved one, feel free to buy some less healthy snacks. The thing is, as long as you keep working out and eating healthy most of the time, there is nothing wrong in indulging in some delicious, a bit less healthy food choices that make you feel good.
There are many ways in which a holistic approach can improve your life, from helping you deal with stress to making you enjoy every meal. So, make sure to give it a try, and have no doubt that the results will show sooner than you might think.
Is Bread Vegan? What Types of Bread Can Vegans Eat? Is bread vegan?
Is bread vegan? The question usually emerges in a panicked tone, from the mouth of a newly transitioned or prospective vegan, or even more often, a stressed-out friend or family member trying desperately to prepare a vegan-friendly meal for their loved one. Most of us have been there, or know people who have.
So, is bread vegan? The answer is: yeah, usually. But not always. Is bread vegan?
Never fear though, here at Happy Happy Vegan we are dedicated to presenting you with as much information as possible to safely feed yourself and your loved ones a vegan-approved meal! We’ll dive more into the different types of bread, which ones are vegan and which ones are not, below, but first…
Bread: an overview
Most of us have been eating bread for as long as we can remember. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, rolls as a precursor to dinner. The basic ingredients of bread are wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt.
The most basic of breads, made only from these four ingredients, is definitely vegan. However, things get tricky when people begin to add other ingredients.
Before we talk about vegan and non-vegan options though, let’s get an idea of how exactly bread is made and what makes it so different from other wheat products and baked goods. Is bread vegan?
What is yeast and how does it work?
Yeast is the ingredient that gives bread its soft and fluffy rise. It’s what makes a loaf of bread very different to, say, a tortilla. Yeast is essentially a small fungus – like a mushroom or a mold – which means it’s okay for vegans to eat it.
It reproduces by budding off, like branches off of a tree. The scientific name for baker’s yeast is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which literally translates to sugar-eating fungus. The name is fairly self-explanatory for what the yeast does in bread.
The yeast feeds off of the sugar present in the flour and is added to the bread dough for a quicker rise. When the yeast digests the sugar, it gives off carbon dioxide gas. This gas is trapped by the big stringy gluten molecules in the wheat flour, that give bread its spongy texture and allows it to keep its shape, which results in the fluffy loaf that we know and love.
This interplay between yeast and gluten is the reason why unleavened or yeast free bread products, like pita bread or tortillas, are flat, and why gluten-free products are always much denser and much less spongy than their gluten-containing counterparts.
For these reasons, when you are making bread you first mix all the ingredients together and knead them really well to activate the yeast and the gluten molecules. Then you let it sit so the yeast can work its magic!
Want to know more about the science behind yeast and bread? Check out this awesome video!
What would make bread not vegan? Is bread vegan?
Ingredients which can be added to bread that would cause it to be non-vegan include honey, eggs, and milk products. Therefore it is always important to check labels thoroughly when buying bread, and check recipes thoroughly when making it.
For example, challah bread which is a traditional bread in the Jewish faith is made with eggs and therefore is not vegan. The good news is that there are plenty of little tips and tricks to tweak recipes and make them vegan. For example, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water is usually a suitable replacement for an egg in a recipe, and vegan milk substitutes can generally replace dairy products in a pinch!
Some types of bread and whether they’re vegan or not Is bread vegan?
Next we will talk a bit more about specific types of breads and explore whether or not they are suitable for those following a plant-based diet:
Sourdough bread is usually vegan.
The only difference, in general, in sourdough bread from regular bread is that sourdough bread is made with a fermented “starter”. This is a mixture of flour, water, and a specific bacteria (usually lactobacillus), that has been fermenting for a while.
An instance in which a sourdough bread would not be vegan would be if the baker had used milk products in their starter. This is unlikely, but it does happen. To be sure, just read the ingredients carefully if you are buying commercially, or ask your baker if you are buying fresh.
Pita bread is another type of bread that is usually vegan.
Pita breads tend to be made from the same basic ingredients as regular bread – flour, water, yeast, salt – although since they are flatbreads they have less yeast than other breads.
Similar to sourdough, however, be on the lookout, as milk, eggs, and honey, can all be popular additions to pita bread for taste reasons.
Ezekiel bread, the brand, is produced by the company Foods for Life. All of the Foods for Life products are egg, dairy, and honey free.
Ezekiel bread is also a wonderful, completely vegan, source of protein. It is made from wheat, beans, barley, spelt, lentils and millet, all sprouted, and then combined into the bread. It contains all nine essential amino acids as well.
Here’s a fun fact for you – the word ciabatta literally translates to “slipper”, probably because of the traditionally flat and elongated shape of this bread.
Ciabatta is distinguished from other types of bread by its hard and brittle crust, and its soft and airy interior. The great news is that ciabatta breads are also usually vegan. The only time you’ll need to be careful is with the variation “ciabatta al latte” – this version of ciabatta bread is made with milk.
Naan is a traditional Indian flatbread, that is often served with Indian cuisine. Naan is delicious, but alas, it is often not vegan!
Traditional naan is made with eggs, yogurt, or other dairy products, and then usually brushed with ghee, or clarified butter. The good news is that there are lots of vegan options on the market, and sometimes even in restaurants. Just always be sure to ask about ingredients!
Remember: vigilance is key.
Rye is a cereal crop that is closely related to wheat, but is not actually wheat. It has a different, stronger taste, and is often used to make a heartier bread.
Rye breads are very popular in traditional Scandinavian and Germanic cuisine. Similar to the other types of bread, rye breads are usually gluten free, but occasionally will have milk or eggs added to try to lighten up the bread a bit. Always check the ingredients or ask your baker!
Focaccia is an Italian flatbread. It is usually baked in large flat pans, and topped with olive oil and herbs. Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs for making focaccia.
The nice thing about focaccia bread is that since it is made with olive oil instead of butteror eggs, it can usually be counted on to be vegan. It never hurts to ask and check though!
Garlic bread is a rich bread which has usually been brushed with a mixture of butter and garlic, and occasionally also topped with cheese. It doesn’t take much working out, then, that most garlic bread you buy in supermarkets, or at restaurants, is not going to be vegan due to the dairy content.
The good news is that vegan garlic bread is super easy to make on your own. You can easily replace the butter in the garlic mixture with olive oil, brush it onto a fresh baguette, pop it in the oven for a few minutes, and voila! You have your very own, easy, vegan, garlic bread. Tasty!
If you want to try and make your own bread at home, take a look at my roundup 19 Brilliant Vegan Bread Recipes: Everything From Focaccia To French Loaves
A note about breads
Holy Cow Vegan also boasts a killer vegan brioche recipe for the sweet-bread lovers among us. This recipe replaces butter and eggs with olive oil and aquafaba – so much better for your arteries and your conscience! (Aquafaba is the water in a can of chickpeas. What else were you going to do with it?) You can find the recipe here. Try eating it with some cashew cream cheese and raspberry jam. Incredible!
Also, don’t be afraid to experiment! Lots of culinary breakthroughs were made by fearless cooks going nuts in their kitchen. If you can’t find a vegan recipe you like for a certain kind of bread, make one! Go crazy. As stated above, flaxseed and water make a great egg replacement, most oils (especially coconut oil) can substitute for butter, almond milk or oat milk is a solid stand-in for cow’s milk, and maple syrup will do where honey won’t.
Get in the kitchen!
A quick “is bread vegan?” recap
So, let’s summarize what we know about bread.
Bread, especially simple and freshly baked bread, is often vegan. However, we need to be on the lookout for sneaky extra non-vegan ingredients that might be tossed in!
Common offenders are honey, milk, butter, and eggs.
Flatbreads, drier or crustier breads, and savory breads are much more likely to be vegan. Breads that are usually not vegan include any bread brushed with a buttery sauce, brioche-type breads, or challah bread. Remember that the most important thing is to always read the ingredients, and if you don’t know, ask!
Do you have any favorite kinds of vegan bread? Maybe a great vegan bread recipe that you’d like to share? Feel free to leave it, or any other questions, thoughts, or concerns, in the comments section below!article by Lisa williams
article by suzanne heyn Suicide and Mental Illness
On Suicide, Mental Illness and a F$%#ed Up Society Suicide and Mental Illness
Prelude: I wrote about this on social media and it triggered a lot of people. Some of the comments got super nasty. I love discussion, but people who name call or only have venom to contribute will be blocked immediately.
I would like to say that while anti-depressant use has soared by 65% in 15 years (from 1999 to 2014), according to CBS and the CDC, suicide rates have also skyrocketed. Suicide and Mental Illness
According to NPR, “Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.”
The status quo isn’t working. Suicide and Mental Illness
It’s time to change the dialogue around emotional pain and stop medicalizing a spiritual problem.
The losses of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade wrecked me. Suicide and Mental Illness
I think as a society when we collectively mourn celebrities, it means something bigger than the death of a person, but the shattering of an idea that we hold to be true.
For so many of us, I included, there is a perception that celebrity, fame, reaching the pinnacle of success through the grace of your own gifts, exciting adventures, being able to do anything we want, having everything we want, create happiness.
When we mourn the loss of someone, we also mourn the loss of the fairy tale they represent.
Because we are a collective, we are not only honoring these beautiful souls that have suffered and are now dead but those parts of us that we may have denied or shoved down in the effort to “achieve” happiness that we are now forced to examine.
When my sister killed herself 21 years ago, I mourned her yes because I loved her, and yes I felt sad for her suffering, but I also mourned the part of me that would now never exist because the dance of our interlacing lives had ended.
Our society does many things well, but creating happiness and soul satisfaction are not among them.
When will we learn that getting what you want isn’t the key to happiness if it doesn’t come from an appreciation for who you are and what you already have? Suicide and Mental Illness
When will we learn not to run away from pain, but instead to see it as a call for love?
When will we learn that people who feel sad don’t need to be cheered up, but instead allowed to feel and honored for the experiences they’re navigating?
When will the spiritual community stop calling sadness low vibe and scaring people away from emotions that demand to be felt?
When will we stop calling sadness or “depression” an illness and create more space to feel, even lose their minds, without medicalizing a spiritual problem?
It’s not biology but human nature and the transforming of something natural into an illness only exacerbates the problem and stops people from getting the support they truly need.
We all deserve and are capable of living happy, thriving lives.
A true, deep happiness comes from loving yourself, living from your soul, and appreciating every step along the journey.
It comes from going deep within to identify and heal the wounds underneath unconscious programming that create any disposition towards sadness, anxiety, anger or fear.
It comes from connecting to something larger than you and allowing that connection to inspire an occasionally irrational faith that everything will be okay.
It comes from finding peace in the present moment, even if that moment is tear-soaked and full of self-doubt. Peace can come in those moments, too. I know it can.
Because with faith and hope all things are possible. With faith and hope, you never stop believing that tomorrow will be a better day.
With faith and hope, you never stop working to find your peace, your happiness.
We all deserve it. Suicide and Mental Illness
Not everyone will find it.
But everyone has the ability.
I can’t help but wonder about the traps that Anthony and Kate felt themselves living in.
What was it about their lives that made them feel so suffocated and hopeless?
When my sister hung herself 21 years ago, at 21, in her NYC apartment building, I understood. She was a lost and lonely girl, her boyfriend had killed himself a few months earlier, and our father had died a year before.
But when people like Anthony and Kate take their lives, it’s a call for all of us to do a little soul searching.
To reconnect to what really matters, what’s most important to us.
To shift the focus from what we want to get, do or achieve, and move it to something deeper, more lasting.
That will be different for every person.
But one thing is universal: We all want to feel happy. And we all have that ability.
May you be at peace. May you be happy. May you be free of suffering.article by suzanne heyn
Every bit of my routine, from the tea that I drink after lunch ( Herbal Medicinals EveryDay Lemon Detox ) to the podcasts that I listen to while I work (which I wrote about last night) has served me well. So well, that it would take a lot for me to “fix what isn’t broken”.
But this past year I’ve found my morning beverage of choice slowly evolving from coffee to Twinnings English Breakfast Tea, and – finally – to my morning lemon honey detox.
Why the change, you might ask? Because I was waking up feeling great and then experiencing a steady decline from mid-morning to lunch time. My energy was spiking with my first-morning cup and ebbing just as fast. Couple that with nausea and stomach sensitivity, the coffee and black tea just weren’t cutting it on an empty stomach.
My Morning Detox Recipe is simple.
1 mug of boiling water
1 tsp of honey
2 tsp of lemon juice
So now let’s talk about the benefits.
The first one everyone hears from old wives tales to Pinterest posts: This combination helps you lose weight. Actually, it helps to burn fat in the body. Whether or not you want to view fat burning the same as weight loss is up to you. The effect can be even greater if you exercise right after you drink it!
Probably the most important reason I love this beverage is that it promotes clear, acne free, and healthy skin. As you know, I had the worst skin problems growing up and even went through two bouts of Accutane. (As always, if anyone needs to talk acne, Accutane, and skin care feel free to reach out!) Before I really found out that my skin problem was certainly too severe for any home remedy to complete do the trick, I ended up doing a lemon water cleanse. While it didn’t completely help me then, it did make enough of a difference for me to be religious about drinking it now. Honestly, this concoction is nothing short of a skincare miracle.
I’ve always been susceptible to colds and viruses – regardless of how much I try to prevent them. The lemon in this drink is rich in vitamin C, which we all know helps with one’s immune system. Less coughing and sniffles? Especially this time of year? Yes PLEASE.
Lemon also helps with so much of what is going on in the stomach. It can help you better digest foods, fires up your metabolism, and even detoxes – gently. This is super important to someone sensitive like me.
Finally, we can’t forget about the honey. If you’re worried about a lack of energy without your morning caffeine fix, honey is the key! Honey is basically a healthier form of sugar – which we all know gives you a boost of energy. So you won’t be dragging in the morning with this drink!article by emily hight
Vegan myths and misconceptions are not exactly in short supply, so we thought it would a decent idea to put together a list of some of the biggest…and then bust them once and for all.
Ready for number one on our vegan myths list? Great, let’s get to it!
Being vegan automatically makes you healthier
This is one of those unfortunate vegan myths that we wish were true, but sadly it isn’t. Being vegan can be extremely unhealthy, in fact.
Veganism means that those of us who choose to become vegan are living in a way that removes exploitation and cruelty to animals – whether that be for food, clothing or any other reason – as much as possible from our lives.
So, we could, if we choose to, live our entire lives eating nothing but potato chips and still be vegan – not exactly healthy, I’m sure you’ll agree.
The vegan junk food market is growing along with the amount of people choosing to switch to an animal-free way of living. Therefore, it’s important to remember that just because what you eat may be good for our furry, feathery and fishy friends, it doesn’t automatically mean that it is good for you.
FACT: Following a vegan diet can be extremely unhealthy if you choose to eat processed foods rather than what we advocate here at happyhappyvegan.com – a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
So, steer clear of the junk and opt for something that actually looks like food, not something that has come out of a lab!
All vegans are calcium deficient
Just because vegans choose not to drink milk or eat other dairy products, many people wrongly assume that they are lacking in calcium.
This simply isn’t true. In fact, although high in calcium, milk has an extremely poor absorption rate, making it an inefficient way for our bodies to get the calcium that we need for healthy teeth, bones, muscles and nervous system.
Many cruciferous vegetables (think kale, cabbage, collard greens etc.), on the other hand, tend to be both high in calcium and the mineral is readily bioavailable, meaning that our bodies absorb the calcium more readily.
So, providing you eat a natural whole-food, plant-based diet that contains plenty of green leafy vegetables, your calcium levels will be just fine. Even if you fall into those groups – mainly children and woman over 50 – who need extra, plant-based calcium supplements are available to keep your levels up to scratch.
FACT: Green leafy vegetables have a high amount of calcium in them, so vegans can rest assured that their bone health will not be adversely affected provided they get enough of these wonderful veggies.
Kale, for example, has more calcium per 100g than 1% fat milk (150mg compared to 125mg), and the rate in which our bodies absorb the calcium from the green stuff is far higher than it is for milk. Win/win!
Being vegan means being hungry all the time
Not so. In fact, it is relatively easy to feel satiated whilst following a vegan diet providing you take on board enough water and a good combination of healthy fats and food that is high in fiber.
Going vegan and sticking to a whole-food, plant-based diet doesn’t mean that there is no room for snacking, either. It’s simply that your choice of snack will be different.
Whether that’s a bag of nuts, raisins or a plant-based snack you’ve put together yourself, the fact remains that you need never be hungry as a vegan.
FACT: Providing you are drinking enough water and eating at regular intervals throughout the day, there is absolutely no reason why you should feel any hungrier on a vegan diet than one that includes animal products.
Be sure to get enough healthy fats from sources such as nuts, seeds and avocados along with plenty of high fibre foods and you’ll feel perfectly satisfied all day long.
Going vegan means automatic weight loss
Many people advocate the vegan diet as a way of dropping a few extra pounds, but it doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to get into that little black dress as soon as you leave animal products on the shelf.
As we repeat over and over here at happyhappyvegan.com, vegan diets can vary enormously these days thanks to the amount of choice available to those who want to be meat-free.
Junk food is junk food, regardless of what it is made of, so consuming piles of unhealthy stuff – whether it comes from animals or not – is not going to get you down to your ideal weight in a hurry.
If you want to lose weight, be mindful of what you are putting into your body. Stick to low human interference foods, i.e. if it comes in a packet and is smothered in marketing, the chances are good that it’s not going to be that healthy.
Opt for our beloved whole-foods, plant-based diet instead. That way you can eat as much as you like and you’ll probably lose weight, too.
FACT: Not everyone eating a vegan diet will lose weight, especially those who continue to eat and drink highly processed junk foods.
If you are serious about dropping a few pounds, go for foods that look like they’ve come from a tree or straight from the ground. If it’s packaged and marketed, it’s probably not going to help you lose weight.
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Vegans never get sick
Hmm, this is one of those vegan myths that is largely touted by vegans themselves…shame on you!
Of course, vegans can fall ill. If we didn’t there would be a whole lot more of us around as the years go by.
However, the fact remains that if you stick to a whole-foods, plant-based diet, your likelihood of contracting serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer, are greatly reduced.
With more and more people living longer lives, that can only be a good thing. After all, what’s the point of living to 95 years of age if the last 20 years of your life is spent at the doctors or in hospital?
FACT: Vegans do get sick. I know. Bummer, right?
However, vegans who choose to ditch the processed junk food and consume mainly plant-based whole foods dramatically lower the risk of falling foul of some of the biggest killers affecting the western world, namely heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Being vegan is hard
This is a vegan myth that we hear all the time. Things like, “I just don’t know how you do it”, seem to flow from people’s mouths without a thought.
The truth is, however, being vegan isn’t hard. It’s actually very easy these days.
Supermarkets have an abundance of goodness for vegans, and it’s even getting easier to eat out in restaurants as our numbers swell!
The Internet, too, has made maintaining a vegan lifestyle so much simpler than it was just a decade ago. Now there are dozens of online health food stores to buy produce from and lots of vegan bloggers giving you daily inspiration on what delicious meal you should try next. There are even forums for those who feel they need support transitioning!
So, no, sorry, being vegan is not difficult. Not at all.
FACT: It has never been easier to become vegan, and arguably it’s never been more important either.
More and more people are converting to an animal-free way of living and veganism is no longer looked upon as some sort of weird cult. Restaurants and health food stores that cater for vegans abound these days, so there’s no excuses any more. Give it a shot!
Vegans are all weak, frail, pathetic little things
Hahaha, really? Where have you been living lately? Under a rock? As vegan myths go, this one’s a doozy.
There have never been more vegan athletes than there are today. From football to kickboxing, tennis to bodybuilding, modern-day vegans are proving that the old stereotype is well and truly wide of the mark.
FACT: Being vegan does not mean that you’ll never be able to train to a meat-eaters standard, nor will it preclude you from following your dream of becoming a professional athlete.
So, if this is the only excuse that you have for not changing over to a vegan way of living, you really do not have any excuse at all.
Vegan food is nasty
Plenty of people still screw their faces up whenever you mention that you’re a vegan.
Their automatic assumption is that you simply graze on salad leaves all day…every day. (Not that there’s anything wrong with salad leaves, no veg prejudice here! Check out our vegan salad recipes roundup for proof.)
The truth, however, is somewhat different. In fact, it’s more than somewhat – it’s a whole world of difference to whatever image the masses are conjuring up in their minds.
Vegan food is tasty – not nasty – and the choice that we have available to us these days is vast.
Whatever you may think about vegans, don’t be fooled into thinking that we’re missing out at mealtimes!
FACT: It’s not all about salad. Veganism has come a long way since the early days and now there are recipes for just about any meal you can imagine.
So, if you think that all vegan food is boring and tasteless, think again. It might just make you realise what you’ve been missing!
Vegans don’t get enough protein
Many people still believe that, in order to get enough protein, someone on a vegan diet has to ensure that their plate contains all 20 essential amino acids every mealtime. However, this simply is not true.
We now know that we can eat a variety of different plant-based foods and still get more than enough protein. In fact, the majority of people are actually consuming too much protein anyway, including us vegans!
The real issue is fiber or lack thereof. Less than 3% of all Americans are getting enough, which is a real concern.
Switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet can help you get enough fiber and protein. So, what are you waiting for?
FACT: The average recommended daily intake of protein is currently listed at 42g. However, non-vegetarians are going way off the chart and consuming close to 80g on average. Vegetarians and vegans, too, are getting more than they need – around 70% more!
In America today, 97% of the population are getting enough protein – regardless of whether they are vegan or not. So, when it comes to protein, consider this myth BUSTED!
Pregnancy and veganism don’t mix
Obviously, adequate nutrition during pregnancy is absolutely essential and its importance should never be underestimated.
However, those adequate nutritional levels CAN be found in a whole-foods, plant-based diet providing that you are getting enough calories and the right quantity of specific nutrients such as B12, iron, vitamin D3 and omega-3.
Consulting a reputable nutritionist who specializes in prenatal nutrition is prudent and they will be able to best advise you on how to continue with the lifestyle you love and have a happy and healthy pregnancy at the same time.
FACT: Despite the recent spate of celebrity vegans ditching their diet during pregnancy, it is perfectly possible to continue living a vegan lifestyle without any adverse affects to either you or your developing baby.
Eating a balanced and varied diet during your pregnancy will ensure that you get enough nutrients, but be especially aware of things such as B12 and iron levels. Consulting a nutritionist who deals with prenatal nutrition will help keep you on the right track.
Kids need animal products to grow
Children develop quickly – alarmingly so, some might say! – so it stands to reason that they need to have plenty of minerals and vitamins to help their bodies meet the challenges of growing and changing.
To say, however, that children cannot get all of the goodness that they need to thrive from a plant-based diet is quite plainly nonsense.
As for all of us, a child’s vegan diet needs to be well-rounded and rich in specific nutrients, but can a child grow up to be big, strong, healthy and fit on a vegan diet – absolutely!
FACT: Children can thrive on a plant-based diet providing their nutritional requirements are met. Parents are advised to ensure that their kids are getting good sources of vitamin B12 and D, along with zinc and calcium rich foods.
Plant-based foods are highly bioavailable – meaning that the goodness is easily absorbed into our bodies – so they are the perfect vehicle for all of your child’s nutritional needs. As ever, avoid the junk food aisles and stick to the fresh produce sections and you and your children will be just fine.
Being a vegan is way too expensive
Fresh produce is just too expensive!
Have you heard that before? Well, it’s hardly surprising that so many of us think that way – regardless of whether it is actually true or not.
Thanks to the barrage of advertising pushing unhealthy foods at low prices that we are all subjected to each and every day, many believe that eating healthily will just be too expensive for their family’s budget.
However, if you consider the staple foods that make up a vegan diet – things like potatoes, grains, and legumes – you’ll see that these are not all that expensive at all. And, they’re about a million times more healthy than that packaged processed junk, too!
Compare even the most expensive fruits and veggies to decent cuts of meat and you’ll see that being a vegan needn’t break the bank.
FACT: Maintaining a vegan diet needn’t be a budgetary nightmare. Think vegan pasta recipes, beans, lentils and the like and you’ll soon see that these staples are far cheaper than meat and dairy products, especially as you can buy them in bulk and store them without fear of them going bad.
The truly expensive vegan products are the ones that you should be avoiding, i.e. the processed garbage that has been heavily marketed. Stick to the good stuff and you’ll be surprised just how inexpensive eating vegan can be.
Oh, one final thing to consider is the price that you put on your health. Even if a vegan diet were a little more expensive, wouldn’t it be worth the extra cost to decrease the risk of things such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer?
Vegans are pushy and preachy
Our list of vegan myths is nearly at its end, but we couldn’t finish without including this one.
The old joke of, How do you know if someone is a vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you! May still cause much hilarity amongst meat eaters, but the truth is that we really don’t have a lot of choice when you think about it.
Why? Well, if you didn’t want to eat something wouldn’t you say no to it?
The fact of the matter is that those who choose to consume animal products largely have a problem with those who don’t, not the other way round.
And, as for being pushy, most of us are generally reluctant to discuss our lifestyle because we want to avoid all the eye-rolling and vacant staring that ensues.
So, no, vegans are not – generally – either pushy or preachy.
FACT: Vegans are not – usually – as eager to talk about either their diet or their lifestyle as you may think. The fact of the matter is that we simply find ourselves in plenty of situations where it is necessary to point out that we don’t want to consume animal products, that’s all.
Would you, as a meat eater, go into a multitude of questions if someone said that they were passing on the cookies because they are on a diet? No, of course you wouldn’t. So, why treat a vegans’ decision to refrain from a certain range of products any differently?
Vegan myths – busted!
There you have it, 13 of the finest vegan myths have been put to bed for good. If you have a friend who continues to believe that any of these are true, click share to give them the low down!article by Lisa Williams
Do You Have Lasting Weight-Loss or Not?article by Jenn Walters
Yeah, that headline is pretty bold. But I wanted to get your attention because this is important. SO important.
If you’re looking to lose weight and get healthier, there’s one question that you need to ask yourself. And it’s essential that you really feel into the full answer and your truth. Because the answer — the deep down answer (not the one you think you’re supposed to have or want to have) — can be so telling about your future success in reaching that goal.
Okay, ready for it?
Do you want to look good? Or do you want to feel good?
I mean, obviously, we all would like both. And there’s wrong with that. Nothing at all. But if you’re only looking to change your appearance, well, we can tell you firsthand that that motivation usually doesn’t last more than a few weeks. And that it’s usually a cover-up for other issues going on. And until you deal with those other issues and fully come to the change process with a true desire to just feel awesome and love yourself, then you’re just going to keep repeating the weight-loss cycle over and over again because you actually haven’t addressed the root cause.
(Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all actually got a therapist for free?!)
I recently wrote about the most common reasons why we emotionally eat. And I’ve already ranted about how we’ve all grown up using dieting as a socially acceptable form of hating ourselves or, truthfully, wasting our time and energy instead of standing in our power. And I think this question really gets to the root of it.
So, again. Tell me: Do you want to look good? Or do you want to feel good? Which urge is stronger?
If it’s feeling good, rock on. Continue thinking about all the reasons why you deserve to feel good and how your life will change when love it healthy. And then do the healthy thing, girl.
And if it’s looking good, take a breath. With lots of love, ask yourself why? And then ask why again and again, until you can’t drill down any further. What is the true need there? What’s the part of your soul that’s crying out to be heard? Be brave and explore that.
Once you know your why, you can fulfill that need and begin to shift your mindset to making healthier decisions out of a place of self-respect instead of self-hate. It takes time and awareness, but it’s possible. And it’s essential to getting the lasting change that you deserve.article by Jenn Walters