If you’re used to loving the meatier side of life, you might want to consider cutting back. Consuming too many animal products can put you at risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic disease. In fact, a plant-based diet has even been considered a heart attack proof diet, due to the fact that it can reverse the negative effects of heart disease.
Eating vegan has not only helped countless people get rid of various ailments, but it almost always leads to healthy weight loss, and major nutrient-gain (most people who consume a Standard American Diet are largely nutrient deficient due to lack of abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables).
If you’re interested in adopting a plant-based diet, here are some tips to consider:
1. Avert the risk of being a junk food vegan
Just due to the fact that organic frozen pizza utilizes non-dairy cheese and soy pepperoni, doesn’t mean that you’re making an extremely healthy decision. Avoid the boxed vegan treats and stick to fresh plant foods that don’t have an expiry date of one year. Don’t make the mistake of believing that a vegan diet automatically means healthy. Eat such foods sparingly.
2. Familiarize yourself with the outer periphery of the grocery store
Most part of the real food lives here and wouldn’t you love to fill your cart with fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains. There are few health foods like frozen vegetables, processed foods, tinned beans but when you enter a shopping mart you will see that most of the foods in the middle of the store are not exactly foods but food-like substances.
3. Use natural seasonings to add flavour to your food
We find it tough to keep a close tab on how much oil we’re adding to our meals and therefore instead of piling extra fats, try and use seasonings and herbs instead. Maintain a rack which is exclusively for herbs and by adding them on various foods; you can alter the flavour in different ways without feeling deprived or bored.
4. When possible, shop organic
Organic food is derived from nutrient-dense soil which leads to food that is more nutrient-dense. When you tend to understand the difference in flavour and quality, you are usually more satisfied with the food that you eat and hence you avoid overeating.
5. Eat fibre-rich fruit as snacks
Whenever you’re hungry, reach out for the fruit bowl. Studies reveal that people usually tend to eat whatever is kept in front of them and if you want to fool yourself into eating good things, keep a bowl stacked with fruit. Pears and apples are great options as they have a belly-filling fibre which keeps you satisfied for longer time.
6. Make oatmeal your best friend
Do away with those sugary meals and allow some healthy oatmeal. Oatmeal is always the perfect breakfast food which you can combine with bananas, apples, cinnamon, flaxseed, maple syrup, hemp seeds, or chia seeds (the options are endless!). Oatmeal lowers cholesterol, is low in gluten and protects your heart.
A vegan diet can help you achieve your fitness goals and help you get back into shape, but if you need a little extra help, check out this article on how to lose 15 pounds in just 30 days – it provides more tips than those mentioned here, but if you’ve decided to go vegan, it’s likely that you’ll drop 15 pounds in a month without any problem.