Losing weight is tough. It is tougher if you are eating food that your body does not agree with. Some experts even think we weren’t designed to eat stuff like milk and meat. Our stomachs just aren’t made for it. You’ve tried lots of other ways to lose weight and they have not worked. Would you consider trying a vegan diet for weight loss?
What Is a Vegan?
A vegan is someone who chooses not to eat animal products of any kind. These include milk and dairy products, meat, fish, and anything else with animal-based ingredients. This differs from vegetarianism because vegetarians will still eat milk products like cheddar, cottage cheese, milk, and sour cream. Many vegetarian recipes are unsuitable for vegans.
What Can Vegans Eat?
I hear you asking if there is anything nutritious or yummy left to eat if you have to omit cheese and meat from your diet. Actually, there is a lot to eat. Among natural ingredients there are loads of nuts, including your favorites. Eat macadamias, Brazil nuts, and pecans. Enjoy as many fruits and vegetables as you want. Grains and rice are perfectly fine.
What about protein?
How will vegan recipes satisfy that need? Nuts, grains, legumes, and soy products are full of protein. It is true that many people are allergic to one or more of these products and their choices are limited. Supplements are a good idea in any diet anyway. Food just isn’t as wholesome and complete as it used to be.
Vegans can also eat cleverly designed products which mimic dairy foods such as cheese and yogurt. They are made from almond, soy, and coconut milk. Many people find these even more pleasing than the originals. Of course, it takes some getting used to rice cheese, but if you really want pizza this is the way to go. Many meats have been simulated using soy, such as burgers and hot dogs. A ground beef-style product possesses a similar texture with lots of protein, but does not reduce when cooked. Also, it can be eaten cold.
Is a Vegan Diet Good for Your Health?
You might have become bloated and put on weight because of food allergies and the way your gastrointestinal tract rejects certain animal products. Your health is suffering, your energy is low, and you have pain in your gut. In this case, cutting out dairy and meat is a good place to start.
You might find that one or both of these foods has been causing problems. But if pain and bloating persist, something else is the culprit. Consider switching from wheat to rice flour and from barley to quinoa. Watch your health improve, your skin clear up, and your energy rise. More importantly, your system will be cleansed of impurities such as the antibiotics in meat and milk which your body stores as toxins. When they go, so does the fat. This is one reason to select a vegan diet for weight loss and as a lifestyle.
Playing with Vegetarian Recipes
If you love some vegetarian recipes but want to become a vegan, just adapt them. Many vegetarian recipes are easy to change just by switching cow’s milk for almond or soy milk. The same is true of cheese. Look for vegan types in your dairy or vegan section at the supermarket. They are commonplace now, not hard to find as they were a decade ago.
Vegan recipes often contain simulated “dairy” or “meat” products. Perhaps they provide a way to coax reluctant individuals into a lifestyle without animal products. Even when they know it is better for their health to switch over, really making the change is painful, like quitting smoking.
Numerous vegan recipes, however, use natural ingredients which are good in their own form. Nuts and nut butters are very helpful, as are dates and dried apricots, for creating sumptuous desserts. Coconut oil has become the favorite fat for creating baked goods with the richness of butter, such as shortbread.
Often, the type of fat has been your problem, not just how much you consume. You can reduce the negative effects of fat consumption by switching to natural, unaltered ingredients, the types that appear in vegan recipes. Coconut oil is a great example. It has not been separated or modified. You still have to limit the number of cookies you eat. Still, natural oils and fats are easier for your body to break down and take nutrition out of than hydrogenated oils.
A Vegan Example
Here is an example of a recipe you can try at home. It is easy and tasty. Bake a family favorite: apple crisp. Slice and lightly cook five large baking apples. Drain them and add two teaspoons of cornstarch, a cup of honey, and cinnamon or other spices to taste. Place these in a pie plate or a casserole dish greased with oil or coconut oil.
For the crumble, a cup oats, a cup brown sugar, a cup flour of your choice, and two tablespoons of coconut oil or pure nut butter. Add some ground almonds if you wish. Mix them with the tips of your fingers until they have the consistency of breadcrumbs. Sprinkle these onto the apples and bake in a 375C oven for an hour, uncovered.
If you prefer other fruits, the same thing can be done with peaches, nectarines, apricots, or pears. Switch from cinnamon to ginger, or swap ground almonds for another ground nut. Sprinkle walnut or pecan pieces onto the fruit before adding the crumble mixture. Even though fruit crumble is typically a dessert item, with the addition of extra protein it could easily pass as a light supper. Just slice some more fruit or some vegetables to go alongside this hot dish, or eat it cold when you are in a hurry. Vegan food recipes do not have to be complicated or expensive.
Attention to Your Body
Maybe the best thing about a vegan diet is that you pay more attention to where food comes from. Your attitude towards eating will change for the better.