There it is I finally decided to go vegan…for a week to start with. Small steps are the savest. But why start now and how did I turn from “Vegan, isn’t that extreme” to “Let’s go vegan!”. Well first of all I did this interview with Franziska Schmid from Veggie Love two years back, when I asked her why we shouldn’t drink milk and if vegan wasn’t too extreme.
Second I watched the documentary What the Health by Kip Andersen who went on a journey to figure out what causes diseases like heart attacks, asthma, diabetes and cancer. He found many studies and doctors pointing to strong influence of dietary choices. Diabetes, which is supposedly caused by sugar is in reality directly correlated to the intake of meat. Sugar is not causing it. While Kip Andersen is getting to the bottom of healthy diets for people with diabetes, cancer and asthma histories in their families, he looks at the food recommendations of major American health organizations. They all recommend meat, bacon and fish which aren’t part of a healthy and preventative diet.
Without getting too much into the details of the movie, the result is that a more plant-based diet is not only healthier and can even cure diseases like diabetes but also achievable without living an extreme life.
So I did a little research this week and found useful information on how to go vegan without worrying about deficiencies.
The most important nutrients to look out for are the following:
- Vitamin B12
- Omega 3 from Algae
- Iron and best consumed with Vitamin C (Dark leafy greens and lemon juice)
- Calcium (Tofu)
- Vitamin K2 (which your body produces from Vitamin K1)
- Vitamin D (sunshine, in Winter from mushroom exposed to UV light)
Vegan protein options are:
- Soy Milk
- Almond Milk
- Green Peas
Just to name a few… check out Vegan Protein Food here.
Another tip I got from this video on Nutrients for Vegans below is that it’s useful to track your nutrient intake. Right now I am using the Cronometer App. It not only shows me if I get enough nutrients but also if I get enough calories per day and week.
I am really excited about this especially cause I know that I can do it on my own but I want to see how my environment reacts to it. My boyfriend is in California this week for work, I am invited to go eat out for dinner with his parents and I never went only vegan before. Being a flexi-foodie has made life so much easier that vegan still feels like jumping into cold water that I need to warm up myself swimming.
Wish me luck!