Veganism is a cruelty free lifestyle which seeks to exclude all animal products in the form of food, clothing or for any other purpose.
A plant based diet is proven to be one of the healthiest to follow, providing it is done correctly. Many people have a negative impression that veganism is restrictive, however this is far from the truth as you can easily thrive from a vegan diet that is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium and many other nutrients! Also, there is no need to worry about protein as it is found in abundance in many plant based foods including soya products like tofu, hemp seeds, nuts and lentils.
Veganism is not only about what you put into your body but is also about what you put on it. There are many cruelty free make up brands and skin care products available so there is no need to contribute to animal testing so it is worth searching whether the brands you use are cruelty free. Also, why buy real fur and leather when there are fake options which are cheaper and ethical?
Although the concept of cutting out all animal products may be daunting for many people, it is easier than you think even if you need to gradually cut out different animal products so that you slowly transition. There is an abundance of alternative foods to animal products which are healthier whilst benefiting both the animals as well as the environment. Whatever it is from mock meats to plant based milks like almond or coconut milk, there is always an option! You can even make a delicious ice cream made from simply blended frozen bananas and a splash of plant based milk! Vegan options are becoming more common in supermarkets, cafés and restaurants so you can still eat out and there are even vegan restaurants!
To obtain a wider range of nutrients you need to stock up on the right kind of foods. Nutrients vegans need to make sure they are consuming enough of include iron, calcium, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Chia seeds, which are a super food, are packed with calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1. Furthermore, a vegan diet can also be high in calcium as many foods are fortified with it including plant based milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and tofu. Also, there is no need to worry about missing out on sweet treats as there are many alternative ingredients to use including a mashed banana rather than an egg, which not only tastes better, but has a higher nutritional value!
If you are a vegan and wish to change up your diet it is always good to experiment with your favourite foods. Who knew a coconut could be used for milk, yogurt, oil and even coconut bacon? If you are having trouble of thinking of new recipes it is always good to look online as there are so many blogs and inspirational Instagram pages out there!
I am known as @the_blissful_berry on Instagram and I started a blog earlier this year on which I post my own healthy plant based recipe creations and nutritional advice.