Avoid These Mistakes When Going On A Vegan Diet – Proper Veganism
Being vegan means being healthy… right?
A lot of chips are vegan, salt is vegan, as well as sugar, oil, additives, and other processed crap.
You can eat all of these and still be considered vegan.
But are you really healthy?
I’ve stressed this numerous times in my other article. It’s not the diet that matters, but the quality of the diet.
You can eat processed foods and chips all day long as a vegan. But if you truly want to reap the health benefits that everyone loves as a vegan you must eat a ton of fruits, veggies, and whole organic based foods.
Eating A Ton Of Fake Meat And Cheese
Going vegan means giving up all animal products.
But substituting meat and cheese with fake substitutes isn’t the healthiest way to go about a vegan diet.
These fake meat substitutes are often filled with a ton of salt and oil in order to make them taste good.
Salt is the ultimate villain!
Eating too much salt can lead to higher blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and constricted blood vessels.
Remember, fast food chains are throwing volumes of salt into their food. If you avoid that, you should try and avoid fake meat.
Trust me, even I love eating a Beyond Burger or some Light Life Smart Chicken Strips once in a while.
But if you find yourself eating these on a daily basis you’re going to notice it.
You’ll begin to feel more lethargic and you’ll be more prone to headaches and swelling.
Meat substitute companies will claim that because their products are vegan they are healthy. They like to throw a couple of green peas on the front of the packaging to show there’s pea protein on their ingredients label.
Don’t fall for it. Avoid fake meat substitutes and processed foods as much as possible.
You need to focus much more on eating superfoods like kale, spinach, seeds, nuts, and berries.
You are what you eat! Don’t eat too much of the fake stuff!
Not Eating A Wide Variety Of Whole Foods
If you aren’t whole foods that come straight from the earth then you’re doing something wrong.
Nothing is better than eating raw and healthy vegetables, beans, and fruits that comes straight from your garden.
It’s also important to incorporate a very large and wide variety of plant-based foods. Don’t just eat one specific food.
It’s easy to just make pizza, pasta, or tofu every single night. But that’s not enough. You’re missing out on a ton of micronutrients.
The more variety of food you get the more nutrients you’ll obtain.
A good way to get the right foods is by finding a solid source of protein, incorporating some quality carbs, and then stocking up on veggies.
A solid plate of healthy veganism would look like:
- Grilled Tofu
- Roasted Potatoes
- Grilled Asparagus
- Wilted Kale
- Berries For Dessert
Automatically Assuming Veganism Is Healthy
Veganism can be extremely unhealthy if done wrong.
Think about all the vegan junk food out there.
In fact, due to a rise in veganism, there’s been a million more unhealthy substitutes and vegan junk food that’s hit grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
And while this is helping the overall promotion of veganism, it can sometimes lead people to an unhealthy path and diet.
Eat junk food in moderation like anything else.
There are fat and obese vegans out there too.
Being vegan doesn’t change the overall biological effects of the human body.
Gaining weight is caused by consuming more calories than you burn.
It’s very possible as a vegan to consume a lot of calories by eating junk foods and substitute meats, thus leading to an unhealthy and overweight state.
Only Eating Salads
A lot of new vegans or aspiring vegan believe that veganism is only about eating salad.
The stereotype is far from true.
In fact, a lot of salads that I’ve seen which many vegans do eat are filled with far more than lettuce.
Chickpeas, cashew cheese, walnuts, vegetables, tofu, avocado, hemp seeds, quinoa, and more!
There are a million different things vegan can eat.
I could go on and on but we’d be here forever.
Regardless, if you do become vegan don’t just get into the habit of eating salad for lunch every day.
Yes, greens are important but so are all the other nutrients you’ll gain from eating the wide variety of foods I talked about earlier.
The best vegan dish is one that contains a rainbow of colors. From red, orange, green, brown, and more.
The more colors you have on your plate, the healthier.
Focusing Too Much On Protein
“How do you get your protein?”
It is by far the most common question I and many other vegans get asked on a daily basis.
No I’m not protein deficient, in fact I’m almost certain I get more protein on the daily than you, and I’m almost positive I’m stronger than 99% of people that have asked me this question.
Vegans can be protein deficient just like any other diet. It’s all about the foods you eat.
As a vegan or soon-to-be, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re not getting enough protein.
The average person needs about .36 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight per day. For a 150 pound person, this means consuming 54 grams of protein a day.
This is no problem for vegans. 1 block of tofu can have up to 60 grams of protein, not to mention all the other great sources of protein like pumpkin seeds, nuts, seitan, oats, and more!
Protein is important and vital to the human body but there are a ton of other macro and micronutrients you need to be consuming as well.
Focus on eating healthy fats, complex carbs, and getting a ton of vitamins and minerals.
Don’t forget your fiber either! Fiber is one of the largest nutritients lacking from the typical American diet today.
You can get it by eating a lot of vegetables, grains, and fruit.
Don’t focus all your cooking, time, and energy on protein!