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ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GOING VEGAN

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Your guide to the journey of veganism.

If you have decided to embark on the journey of veganism, not just you’ve made the best decision for your body but also for the planet. Over the last decade, the vegan diet created a storm and has become a trendsetter. You must have been reading and hearing a lot about it, while some report says it reduces the risk of chronic diseases, some support the fact that vegan diet anticipates weight loss. And now that you are going to embrace this healthy diet plan, let us not get confused with the ocean of information available on the internet. Becoming the torchbearer for you, we are here with the beginners guide to adopt a vegan diet. Read on.

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What exactly is a vegan diet?

Since the last couple of years, more and more people have been seen cutting down on dairy and meat consumption from their diet. Gradually, this has evolved to be a way of living which seems to be more ethical for the environment. But, going all vegan does not necessarily need to be because of a social cause, the reason can also stem from the desire to be more healthier, fit and active in life. Although, there are various types of vegan diet which people usually practice. Some prefer to cut down all the raw plants and meat, while some choose to take a few dairy products while some strictly follow the whole essence of veganism

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Does it make you healthier? 

Once you start skipping the omnivorous diet, the first thing that you will notice is an energy boost. While you will be having fruits, vegetables and nuts, this healthy diet plan will make you bloat less giving your body a boost of Vitamins, Minerals and Fiber. As your body will grow to function without any animal products, your bowel function will change itself to a healthy pattern. Some of the doctors and dietitians suggest that a vegan diet is best for your gut health. However, another school of thought exists, believing in the fact that a diet based exclusively on plant foods may increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies. But, you need not worry as there are ample alternatives available to feed your body with all the nutrition from a plant-based diet.

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What all I can eat in a vegan diet? 

To adopt a vegan lifestyle, one of the major hurdles that come along is what to eat and what to exclude. While it is very easy to say that it is a ‘plant-based diet’, you may find yourself trapped in the dilemma of knowing what all food products contain animal products. Thus, the easier way to answer this question will be - what not to eat in a vegan diet? Start skipping on eating the meat, egg and fish. Then the dairy products, like, paneer, milk, curd, ghee, cheese etc. Honey also is an animal product, which makes it out from the list of veganism. Also, anything that has gelatin should also be excluded because it is prepared from collagen taken from animal body parts. There are ample vegan recipes available on the internet which will make your job easier.
 

And before you are all set to start this journey, do remember, vegan is not just a diet, it is a way of living which can change you inside out.



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