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Know What Vegans Can’t Eat Before Being A Real Vegan

Know What Vegans Can’t Eat Before Being A Real Vegan

Becoming a vegan is not just about changing the meals but it’s a whole lifestyle. You can only successfully adopt a vegan diet if you are ready to change your lifestyle. The vegan diet helps in promoting sustainable food production practices and healthy animal welfare.[1]

It is important to understand the difference between going on a vegan diet and adopting the vegan lifestyle. Before you start going down the vegan path it is essential that you fully understand the things that you have to adopt and things that you will be giving up. Here is guide that can help in getting a better understanding of the lifestyle and what can’t vegans eat.

You should cut large amounts of calories

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    When you switch to the vegan diet you will be looking to cut large amounts of calories. The calories decrease because you will be cutting food products that have high calories. As you are cutting calories you should look forward adding large amounts of fiber in diet so that the decrease in calories does not affect the feeling of fullness. Make sure that you include a lot of whole grains, fruits, seeds, nuts etc.

    You should quit the processed food

      People opt to select the vegetarian diet because they want to eat healthy. To fully embrace this diet you should make sure that your upright fridge does not contain any processed food. You will be replacing the processed food with healthy plant based foods that are full of minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants. The processed food loses its nutrients so ditch all the processed food and eat fresh products.

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      You should get enough iron

        Once you are on a vegetarian diet you will need to consume more iron as compared to the meat eaters. The types of iron found in meats are different as compared to the vegetable foods. If you are doing any extraneous exercises or are an athlete then you will need to have an extensive amount of iron. Include the foods such as beans, nuts, vegetables etc. so that the body gets all the iron it needs. You can pair them with foods that are rich with vitamin C as it will improve the absorption and keep you energetic.

        You should consume more idoine

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          Getting the right amount of iodine on a vegetarian diet can be challenging as you will not be avoiding fish meat and dairy. When you prefer iodized salt over the sea salt then it can be a little problem for you. One of the best ways of making up for the iodine deficiency is to include sea vegetables in your diet.[2] If you are not eating seaweed or sushi from time to time then you would need to get occasional supplement. You should consult a doctor and get the supplement because little amounts of iodine is essential for the body.

          You should get the essential omega 3 fatty acids

            Fatty acids are critical part of healthy diet and when you are switching to the vegan diet you should know that there are only three types of fatty acids in the plants. It is important that you eat hemp, chia and flax regularly. If you are still worried about not getting the right fatty acids then you can use algae and oil supplements. If you are suffering from any heart problems or have diabetes or high cholesterol levels and you are on a strict vegetarian diet then you need to be careful about the consumption of fatty acids.

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            You should include the vitamins in your diet

              The vitamins should also be a part of your vegan diet if you want to keep up the nutrition and energy levels. The vitamin D is considered an important part of a healthy diet. It mostly comes from supplementation and sunlight. For people following a vegan diet should get the right amounts of vitamin D because it seems to help in raising the blood levels. You should consult a physician when it comes to the vitamin D status so that you can make sure that you are getting the adequate amount. The vitamin B12 can be consumed by including milk, cheese, eggs and cereal.

              A vegan should know how to make up for the nutrients

              When you are switching to the vegetarian diet you should be aware about the food products that you will be giving up and how to make up for the nutrients that you will be losing because of all the foods you will be cutting. Just because you are switching diets you do not have to give up the essential nutrients.

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              Reference

              [1] U.S. News: Vegan Diet
              [2] Care2: 6 Sea Vegetables for Optimum Health

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              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

              In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

              And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

              Why is goal setting important?

              1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

              Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

              For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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              Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

              After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

              So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

              2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

              The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

              The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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              We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

              What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

              3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

              We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

              Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

              But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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              What you truly want and need

              Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

              Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

              Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

              When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

              Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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              Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

              Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

              Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

              The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

              It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

              Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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