Veganism is not consuming or using products made from animals. This include hygiene products such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, skincare creams & cleansers, lotions, and home goods. When shopping for food products read the ingredient labels to ensure that you are purchasing a product that does not contain animal products. Certified vegan products will have a “V” as the symbol on the packaging label. Products labeled with this symbol have followed the animal free procedure required to market their products as vegan.
Plant-Base Veganism is the healthiest version of the vegan diet since the standard vegan diet doesn’t omit junk food and candy, it only focuses on products that are not made with animal products. Plant-Base Veganism focuses on providing the body with food that is packed with nutrients needed to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle. The Vegan Plant-Base diet consists of consuming plants, whole grains, healthy fats, and legumes. No process sugars, white flour, or process foods that don’t provide nutrients.
When the body is hungry it sends a signal to the brain to alert the body to get moving. The hunger the body is seeking is nutrients hence why a bag of chips, donuts, or pizza doesn’t keep the body full. Though these may be satisfying and release dopamine in the brain, the hormone for pleasure and reward, they do not give the body true nutrients.
True nutrients help the body stay full longer and provides benefits to the body. The body is craving the nutrients that we get from the food we eat. If the food lacks nutrients, then the body will continue to be hungry for more. Nutrients helps make the immune system stronger, that’s why during the flu seasons people increase their intake of elderberries, echinacea, and Vitamin C. When someone is anemic, they increase their intake of greens, beans, or take iron supplements. Nutrients benefits the whole body and so when starting a vegan diet, the plant base vegan diet is the best option.
Veganism is becoming more popular as the increase amount of people continue to adopt the lifestyle. There are so many vegan items mimicking their meat nemesis that its easy to fall pray to things that are process and already prepared for us. The easiest way to know if something is good for you is to read the labels, eat less out of the freezer aisle, and focus on purchasing more out of the produce and dry grain section. Preparing meals as much as possible is the only way to know what we are putting in our bodies.
Starting a Vegan Plant-Base diet is new and just like any other diet we have tried, it takes time to adjust. Make changes slowly, and don’t rush the process. Try incorporating one vegan plant-base meal a week into your current diet, then increase to a whole day, and gradually overtime the vegan plant-base way of eating will come easy.
Remember keep it simple, start with easy meals, and graduate to the more difficult meals. We are all just aspiring to live an healthier life, not become world class vegan plant-base chefs.Try this plant-base vegan recipe below and share it with someone who may be ready to start their plant-base vegan lifestyle.
Serves 2 Prep 10 Minutes
· 1 avocado, peeled, stone removed, cut into cubes
· 2 bunches parsley, roughly chopped, around 1 oz. (30g)
· ¼ cup (46g) cooked quinoa
· ½ cucumber, cut into cubes
· ½ zucchini, cut into cubes
· 1 small red onion, finely diced
· 1 tsp. olive oil
· juice of 1 lemon
· ¼ cup (30g) mixed seeds and nuts, to garnish
In a medium bowl add parsley, avocado, quinoa, cucumber, zucchini, and onion and toss to combine.
Drizzle with olive oil and lemon, season with salt and pepper, then mix to combine and serve sprinkled with nuts and seeds.
* Avocados are an excellent healthy fat and loaded with nutrients.