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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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              Last Updated on June 19, 2019

              How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

              How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

              Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

              But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

              No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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              When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

              1. Relax as You Meditate

              A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

              Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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              Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

              2. Practice Daily Affirmations

              Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

              What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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              So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

              1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
              2. Use present tense (I have)
              3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
              4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

              Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

              Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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              I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
              My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

              You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

              Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

              Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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