The Vegan Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on December 27, 2011

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The Vegan Diet, that is, the practice of veganism, is a different form of standard vegetarianism. While vegetarians will not eat meat, poultry, or fish, vegans will not eat any of those foods, nor will they eat any other animal derived products such as dairy, eggs, or honey. Moreover, they will not use products that are animal products or byproducts , such as leathers and furs, wools, silks, or soap and other cosmetic products with animal-based ingredients.

There are many different reasons for choosing a vegan lifestyle, which primarily include health, ethical, and environmental concerns.

When choosing a vegan diet, it is important to concentrate on proper nutrition, as an additional effort must be made to consume the required nutrients that would have been obtained from meat in a more conventional diet. Therefore, the daily diet of a healthy vegan individual should contain foods such as vegetables, fruits, a large amount of leafy greens, nuts, seeds, whole grain products, and legumes.

Among the health reasons that individuals may choose to switch to a vegan diet is the correction or prevention of such conditions as cardiovascular disease. Some people also find that it is easier to lose weight and then maintain a healthy body weight when they are keeping up with a vegan diet.

That said, just because a vegan diet is considered to be a healthy option by some, it should not be started without consulting a doctor and nutritionist in order to ensure that it will be safe to undertake, and to make sure that the patient understands how to obtain adequate nutrition from non-animal-based sources.

PROS

Over time, as the diet is almost, or fully vegan, favorite recipes that typically include ingredients with meat or animal-based products can be altered so that they include only plant products, such as using extra-firm tofu for fajitas, instead of chicken.

Finally, new meal recipes can begin to be introduced by using recipes that are recommended, found in cookbooks, or located online. Vegetarian and vegan restaurants can often be a source of good meal ideas.

By proceeding this way new vegans are more likely to make sure that they are continuing to receive the same balanced nutrition that they are accustomed to receiving, and the transition will feel less jarring than if meat and animal-derived ingredients were all dropped quite suddenly.

CONS

Usually, beginning a vegan diet is not something that begins overnight, but is instead a gradual occurrence. Nutritionists and health experts will generally recommend that over a period of weeks, an increasing number of meals with meatless recipes should be eaten. These meals that are free of animal products should – as much as possible – be those that are already enjoyed, as opposed to beginning new recipes already.

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Penny March 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I love the vegan diet for a number of reasons but I can see why more people haven’t tried it yet. It is quite challenging to stick to since we’re not in a vegan-majority society. Plus you have to try a lot harder to make sure that you get your full nutritional balance. But it’s better for you over all and it’s far better for the environment. It’s a decision you can be proud to make.

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Drew April 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

This looks good, but it was too hard for me. I need meat!

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stimpy April 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

You would do well on the Dukes diet then! It’s all about eating a lot of lean meats!

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Justin July 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What’s the Dukes diet? I’m having the same problem

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Adam December 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I had a similar problem. I’m not a huge meat eater but I craved it when I was trying to go on a vegan diet.

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Kamela April 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I am a strong believer that so many diseases and conditions can be prevented by proper diet. Doctors today will have you wait until you have the condition and then prescribe medicine or surgery to fix/manage it. If you care about your body do yourself a favour and read this book and learn how to feed your body properly and live a longer, healthier, painfree life.

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Fred May 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

This is a healthy and kind way to consume food. We’re smart enough to know how to eat without killing. If we stop, the food shortage around the world would end

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Spot November 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm

That may be true, and I do agree with you, but for now, I find it extremely hard to try to keep up with a vegan diet. I do think that it is a good idea for both health and for the environment and the good of the world, but it’s quite challenging. If you look at the way that the world is actually set up, it’s not really designed for people eating a vegan diet. Just trying to find regular foods – ones that you really don’t associate with animal products – is very hard because a lot of them include ingredients that you wouldn’t expect to be there, but that come from animals.

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Malick August 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Going over to the vegetarian diet is one of the best moves I’ve ever made. I lost a lot of weight without even trying and now I just automatically keep it off. I have never had so much energy and I sleep better. I still eat egg whites and rarely I eat fish. This type of diet takes some getting used to, but once I got the hang of it, it worked very well. The key was to learn the right proteins to eat so you’re not feeling hungry all the time.

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