Top 5 Mistakes Vegans Make on a Plant Based Diet
As more and more people make the transition away from the meat and dairy diet of the modern western world and towards a wholefood plant based diet, Adam Guthrie from I Feel Good, shares some common pitfalls and ways to sustain a healthy vital life.
(PRWEB) October 07, 2013
World Vegan week has just passed and there will be people all over the planet who have just started their new adventure in plant based eating. I Feel Good publishes a weekly vegan meal plan to help those making the transition to a plant based diet. After years of teaching others how to live a healthy vegan life, Adam Guthrie, CEO of I Feel Good, has seen the following mistakes made by those new to plant based cooking.
Mistake 1 -Eating too much processed food and meat substitutes.
Plant based eating is wholesome and easy when you use ingredients in their most natural state. This means lots of fresh vegetables and whole grains. Avoid the section of the supermarket that tries to cater to vegans with processed food. Your body will thrive on a diet of natural food.
Mistake 2 – Eat too narrow a food range.
Some vegans tend to stick to a few known dishes. Explore the world of food. Make a weekly challenge of eating different cuisines from around the world. Try new ingredients from the fruit and vegetable market that you have never had before.
Mistake 3 – Deep fried food, too much oil.
Deep fried food contains high levels of oil. Modern research has shown that oils in any large quantities are destructive to our bodies and can lead to many diseases including heart disease. Oils should be consumed in their whole food form which in plants, is found in generous amounts in food such as avocado, coconuts and various nuts.
Mistake 4 – Don’t read labels.
Modern food labels offer a wealth of information and should be read by vegans to ensure that no animal products and fats are hidden within the package. Common packaged foods such as sauces, sweets, biscuits, chips can often contain dairy and other animal ingredients.
Mistake 5 – Ignore Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is involved in the metabolism of all cells in the body; but the effects of deficiencies are first seen in the blood and then the nervous system. Whilst Vitamin B12 can be found in some plant foods, it is more reliable to use a weekly or monthly supplement is sufficient.
Plant Food is fabulous, and your health and vitality will improve on a wholefood plant based diet. By avoiding these pitfalls and making plants center stage in your diet, you may just be adding years to your life and more importantly, life to your years!
For inspirational cooking ideas with step by step video recipes, check out the I Feel Good app in the iTunes Newsstand.
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