*Please Note Lovely Ones …
A vegan diet can be very nutrient dense indeed and many people find they thrive on a solely plant based diet. However if you choose to avoid animal products for health/religious/ethical reasons, please be aware that it’s not just a matter of taking out animal foods; meat, eggs, seafood, dairy etc. It is vital that you bring in beautiful sources of plant protein; gluten-free whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa etc.), soaked and sprouted legumes (chickpea, adzuki beans, black beans, mung, organic peanuts etc.), nuts (almonds, macadamias, cashews, walnuts etc.) and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, chia etc.) or even invest in a natural protein powder such as the Changing Habits Inca Inchi variety. It is also important to consume lots of green foods; spinach, avocado, kale, spirulina, broccoli etc. for iron and B12 – two nutrients often lacking in exclusively plant based diets (these foods are also rich in other important B vitamins, essential for detoxification pathways in the liver and also for energy production). Also note that while veganism is touted as being kinder to the planet and “healthier” (than eating meat), for those with damaged guts, it may be too rough and fibrous, lack amino acids such as glutamine and glycine that support gut healing, and make it harder to get the amino acids that are precursors to our neurotransmitters, causing a flow-on effect of mental health disturbance.
I personally LOVE my veggies, and do very well on a plant-based diet. I am careful to supplement B12 and zinc, eat lots of greens and spirulina for iron and take algae supplements + eat lots of healthy seeds for essential fatty acids. Please note however, that I spent nearly two years healing my gut on GAPS before becoming vegan. Please also note that it was illness due to surgical complications that virtually forced me to become vegan.
Bottom line; there’s no arguing that we could all benefit from eating more veggies, however if we choose to live exclusively on plant foods, we have the responsibility of going the extra mile to protein combine, soak and sprout our legumes, grains, nuts and seeds and maybe even consider quality supplementation where our diet is inadequate.