With Lizzo and Zac Efron jumping on the vegan lifestyle, veganism has transformed to become a global phenomenon. Between 2014 and 2017, there’s been a 600% increase in people shifting to a plant based diet. Veganism is on the rise, as the stats prove it.
Have you begun thinking of shifting to a clean, vegan lifestyle too?
First off, congratulations on choosing a better you, and trying to make the world a better place for all animals that live on it.
However, there’s a trove of information on the internet with different tips on how to approach this transition. It can be quite daunting for beginners to sift through these resources and find the best way to go about it.
This is why we decided to come up with an ultimate guide that helps newbies to kickstart their vegan lifestyles!
What is veganism?
In simple terms, veganism is a diet that eliminates animal products and wholly relies on plants-based food. Being vegan and being vegetarian are two different things altogether. Vegetarians avoid eating meat and consume animal products such as eggs, dairy products and even honey. On the other hand, vegans avoid all products that are sourced directly or indirectly from animals.
Vegans also avoid animal-tested/animal-derived products like leather or silk in a bid to make a better world for animals to coexist with humans. Some go the extra mile by barring themselves from circuses, zoos and animal races.
Benefits of going vegan
Being vegan offers a lot of benefits if you are ready to toughen out the challenges that accompany it. Vegan diets are popularly known to help people lose excess weight, but here are some lesser known facts about vegan diets to help you stay motivated.
A vegan diet reduces the risk of increased blood sugar and keeps type 2 Diabetes at bay. Studies have observed that going vegan can lessen the chances of contracting with colon, breast or prostate cancers. Vegans also tend to develop lesser heart related problems as a vegan diet leaves out the cholesterol found in animal meat and other products.
Has arthritis been a pain in the neck for you? Well we certainly have good news for you, vegan diets tend to help ease out the pain from arthritis.
Apart from the health benefits that you receive, at the end of the day you can rest easy knowing that you’ve not harmed an animal to satisfy your needs or wants.
What can you eat?
Saying goodbye to your favourite chicken recipes and grilled cheese sandwiches can be quite challenging. Most people think that a vegan diet is boring and tastes like cardboard. However, the truth is that vegan food can taste scrumptious, if done right. Sure, if all that vegans ate was broccoli 3 times a day, got to admit, it would have driven us nuts. But a vegan diet consists of more than just broccoli, there’s so many amazing vegan recipes out there.
Whew, that’s a relief, isn’t it?
Vegan diet consists of a wide range of foods like yummy raw fruit bars, nutritious and healthy nut butters, and some surprisingly tasty ingredients such as topinambur syrups.
Moving on to what you can eat, surprise surprise, fruits and vegetables. Feel free to eat any of these nutrient rich tasty foods raw or as a salad or a stir fry or however you feel like.
Whole grains will give you the carbs necessary to keep you going through the day. There is a whole world of grains out there like couscous, barley, quinoa, teff and so many more.
Meet legumes, your new source of proteins. Legumes are also rich in other nutrients and minerals making them a staple in vegan diets.
Nuts and seeds contain the healthy fats that your body needs. Since vegan diet is devoid of dairy products, nut butters will help provide a creamy consistency to your dishes. Nut butters are also rich in proteins.
Did you know that the refined sugar you consume on a daily basis isn’t vegan? Manufacturers often use animal bone char for refining sugar. Our Topinambur syrup is an excellent alternative to traditional sugar.
During the initial stages of switching to a vegan lifestyle it is common to have cravings. So it is a good idea to stay stocked up on pantry essentials and dave some treat foods around as well, these may help satiate your cravings. Raw fruit bars are a really good choice as they contain no added sugars or gluten.
What makes Right Food the right choice?
We at Right Food Only provide natural, DYE free products that mostly contain no added sugars. We offer a variety of nut butters and seed butters which are usually not readily available in the market.
We are the only company that provides Topinambur syrup in the US. Topinambur syrup is an inulin rich syrup with very little fructose content, this makes it an excellent choice for those struggling with diabetes and those trying to reduce their sugar intakes. It comes in variants like Topinambur power and candied fruits.
The raw fruit bars on our website made from White Mulberries are uniquely sold only for the US and European market. We have great pride in stating that more than 90 percent of our products have very little ties with the local American market.
Whether it is just about switching to a healthier lifestyle or for the love of animals or environmental concerns, there are numerous reasons for people to go vegan. It comes with a number of benefits but these can only be achieved through consistency and opting for nutrient rich plant based foods rather than processed foods.
Good luck on your vegan journey!