With many of us moving towards plant-based diets and going vegan, it’s important to know where you’re going to get all of your nutrients from — especially protein.
It seems like everybody is going vegan these days as the Vegan Movement is spreading far and wide, whether for the animals, for the planet or for people's health. It makes sense. Who wants to eat a diet that hurts animals, our planet, and also harms your health?
Recently I decided to pick up a common but for what some see difficult diet trend, for no other reason that my curious nature and trying to save a few dimes here and there. Not only did I notice a drastic improvement in my mood sleeping, schedule, energy and overall fitness I went from spending $80+ dollars a week to just over $30 (for just myself). So I thought that I would share some of the tips that I learnt of removing animal products from my diet and helping you succeed.
No, we don’t mean walks on the beach. We mean the fruit, have you heard of it? Mejool dates are soft and chewy, loaded with nutrients, and can be used to make secretly healthy desserts that actually taste good. Seriously- we bring our date sweetened desserts to work and they're gone within seconds. Whether you are dabbling with veganism, paleo, whole30, or whatever diet trend is out there, you can use them in place of sugar to get your fix. We're all sugar addicts at heart. Here’s how we date:
At the beginning of 2019, I switched to a vegan diet. No longer would I consume the produce of innocent animals.
I can't, I can't cut out meat, cheese, EGGS! I love eggs! It would be too hard and I don't want to set myself up to fail!
For most, the idea of going Vegan seems almost impossible. It is met with questions like:
Thinking about going vegan? Intrigued by where to begin? Or looking for creative ways to expand your vegan culinary skills?
One of the most important things for me after going Vegan was to ensure I wasn't missing out on anything. Snickers were absolutely one of those things, so of course, I had to find a way to make a dairy-free version. I chose the most natural ingredients I could find to mimic the flavours of a Snickers bar, and they unintentionally turned out gluten-free, so it just keeps getting better!
Vegetarianism and veganism are two lifestyles that aren't typically or thoroughly thought about, and that's a problem. I know... the scary V words. Growing up, my parents put meat on my plate just about everyday. I had never thought about it until just recently. As one grows up, they grow apart from traditions they were used to and lifestyles that they once pursued. When you're growing up, you step back and look at the world with a realistic point of view. Riding your bike turns into driving to high school, television shows with your parents turn into hour long talks about your future, reality strikes and you're not a kid anymore. I think while one is maturing, it is critical to think about your diet. What are you putting into your body? Animals. The same things that you lay in bed with, the same creatures that you play ball with and walk in the park beside. Think about that.
As veganism and vegetarianism continues to rise and grow in popularity, replacing the consumption of meat with near identical plant-based alternatives that are not only healthier, but much better for the environment and, in my experience, most of the time taste better, one question continues to come to my mind.
Pull up a chair. Let’s jump straight in with an epic example of lifestyle contrast: