You are what you eat

Published on
01 February 2023
VFA Blog
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat.” While this may sound like an old wives tale, there is some truth to it – your diet can have a major impact on your health and energy levels.

One of the best diets for good health and energy levels is a vegan diet. A vegan lifestyle excludes all animal products, including dairy, eggs and honey, as well as processed foods with animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin or whey protein. Instead of relying on these items for nutrition, vegans get their nutrients from plant sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.

A vegan diet has many benefits for your physical health. Eating more fruits and vegetables can provide antioxidants that help protect against cell damage from free radicals in the body. Plant-based foods also contain fewer saturated fats than animal products do so they can help reduce cholesterol levels which helps prevent heart disease or stroke. Additionally, studies have shown that vegans tend to be thinner than non-vegans due to their lower intake of fat and higher intake of fiber found in plant foods which helps keep them fuller longer without consuming excess calories..

your are what you eat headBut a vegan lifestyle isn’t just good for physical health; it also provides mental benefits too! Studies show that people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet report less stress overall compared to non-vegetarians because they avoid eating high fat meats which are associated with higher cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the brain . Eating whole grains instead of refined grains has also been linked with improved memory performance while avoiding processed meats reduces inflammation throughout the body which has been connected with cognitive decline over time .

In addition to providing both physical and mental advantages , following a vegan lifestyle gives you access to an abundance of energy boosting options since plant based proteins provide sustained release fuel throughout the day . Many veggie burgers are now packed full of healthy fats , vitamins , minerals , fiber , antioxidants , omega 3s & 6s–all essential components needed for optimal energy production . And don't forget about superfoods like chia seeds & goji berries ; these nutrient dense plants provide long lasting natural power making them perfect additions for any meal !


So if you're looking to boost your health & energy levels then consider switching up your diet by going Vegan ! You'll not only reap rewards physically but mentally too - plus its kinder on our planet too!


Important Attention Points

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When switching to a vegan diet, it is important to pay attention to the key food sources that will provide you with all of your essential nutrients. Protein can be found in foods such as beans, lentils, quinoa, nuts and seeds. Vitamin B12 is mostly found in fortified plant milks and cereals; however supplements are also available if needed. Zinc can be sourced from whole grains like oats and wheat germ as well as from nuts, seeds and legumes. Calcium may come from dark leafy greens such as kale or spinach along with calcium-fortified plant milks and juices.

In addition to these key food sources for macronutrients (protein) micronutrients (vitamins & minerals), other healthy vegan options should include plenty of fruits & vegetables which offer an abundance of vitamins , minerals , antioxidants & fiber plus healthy fats like avocado & coconut oil . Fermented foods like tempeh , kimchi & sauerkraut are great additions too since they contain good bacteria which help promote gut health .


For more details information please download either the IVU Vegan Guide for Adults or the Vegetarian Nutrition Booklet, A Dietary Approach to Vegetarianism for Kids and Adolescents:

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The International Vegetarian Union’s Vegan Nutrition Guide for Adults

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