Way back in 2001, I ditched meat for good. It’s been 19 years now and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to eating meat. During those 19 years, I have intermittently switched from Vegetarian to Vegan and back again. I’m dairy and soya intolerant, so it’s only really honey and eggs that I miss when I switch to Veganism. Today I want to share some tips and ideas on how to ensure you eat a balanced vegan diet. Read on to find out which foods and supplements I recommend.
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How To Ensure You Eat A Balanced Vegan Diet
Way back in 2003, I found out I was dairy intolerant. I immediately switched to a Vegan diet, but hit a stumbling block right away. Back then, Soya milk was the only option available from UK supermarkets, and it literally made me sick. It wasn’t until 2012 that I realised I was severely soya intolerant too. If you’re concerned you might be intolerant to meat or dairy like I am, you can always consider food allergy testing. Healthlab are offering my readers a 15% discount on their tests. So feel free to click here to benefit from that deal.
Within 4 weeks of cutting out dairy and not replacing the calcium source, my hair, skin and nails were looking dry and brittle. After speaking to my GP, I was advised to switch back to dairy but avoid cheese. Fast forward to 2012, and finding out that my daughter was severely dairy and soya intolerant. I quickly realised I had all of the same symptoms and that it had probably been my breast milk which caused her many gastro issues.
Researching Vegan Calcium And Iron Sources
My daughter was still a meat eater, but I wanted to find out where else she could get the calcium and protein she would need. Much research later showed me that although Soy and Soya milk are the best plant based sources of calcium… You can still get plenty from Tofu (if you like it). You can also get a sizeable amount from Spinach, Chick Peas, Broccoli and oranges.
When it comes to Iron… Spinach, Tofu and white button mushrooms are all good sources. If you’re concerned you’re not eating a balanced vegan diet, it’s worth registering for my fitness pal. You can use the app to log all of the food you eat. The nutritional information is available to see on the app, so you can see exactly how much of each vitamin and mineral you’re getting.
Before opting for a multi vitamin which contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance of every vitamin and mineral, make sure you won’t be consuming too much of anything. Too much Vitamin B3 for example can cause liver damage. While too much Vitamin A during pregnancy can lead to birth defects. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to monitor your intake and take a vitamin which only includes the things you need a lot of help consuming more of.
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