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I follow a vegan diet and have food allergies. What are some good options for eating out and/or at home?
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Constipation and severely reduced appetite? And mild weight gain? I walk/cycle for exercise and eat a whole foods vegan diet and drink tons of water.
GI symptoms: Please see your doc who may refer you to a GI specialist. If all is well then see a nutritionist. Are you following the vegan diet correctly? One diet does not fit all. We respond differently. Consider experimenting to see what food plan works best for you. Probiotics may be helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more
It can be fast: You may enjoy it, and this will cause you to lose weight because you're making food choices that aren't greasy / sugary / extremely tasty so you won't overeat. You must supplement or you'll damage your nervous system. An even better option is to get with your physician and examine your diet and exercise habits -- fitness activities make friends for you & lifestyle change keeps you lean long-term. ...Read more
Books and Web: Here's two books that i often recommend to patients interested in becoming vegan. It's important to transition in a healthy way! becoming vegan by brenda davis and vesanto melina and also the ultimate vegan guide by erik marcus. There's a great deal more out there, but that's a good start. Also, there are many blogs and websites that can provide good support and creative recipes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's very difficult: Becoming a vegan is something you do for moral reasons rather than to improve your health, despite all the "pop" claims. You MUST supplement, for calcium, iron, B12, and several other nutrients. Get with a vegan-friendly evidence-based physician or a real-science book. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a good book that explains how to get most of my nutrition (I know I will have to supplement) from a VEGAN diet...preferably with recipes???
Moral high ground: In this era of factory farming, it's a conscientious choice but each of the big recent studies shows no health advantage or disadvantage of a supplementing vegan over an omnivore in longevity or any category of illness if you control for other health habits. A non-supplementing vegan will become seriously sick in a few months. Be discerning and recognize the huckstering & real caring about animals ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More healthy carbs: If you're trying to gain weight on a vegan diet, i suggest increasing your intake of complex carbohydrates in the form of beans, quinoa, and complex grains. Also increase your intake of proteins such as hemp protein, g protein, brown rice protein, or soy protein. Plant-based that such as flaxseed, coconut oil and other polyunsaturated oils also increase healthy calories and result weight gain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moral: The last few big studies have all shown no advantage or disadvantage for vegans versus omnivores in any category of illness, or in overall health or longevity when you control for the fact that they tend to have other healthy habits. There's a big moral advantage especially in the era of factory farming, with inhumane treatment of food animals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vit B12 may drop: The vegan diet is complete and very healthy. All that is missing is B12 (cyanocobalamine), which comes only from animal food, or from vitamin supplements. Taking a multiple vitamin pill or better a higher dose B12 supplement by pill (or injection) is recommended. I like to test the B12 levels on my vagan patients just to be on the safe side. It is crucial to vary your types of vegetables etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Supplements advised: It can be done, but there are certain essential nutrients that are difficult to obtain, so supplements help. The best food for infants is breast milk- not vegan but strongly advised. When done breastfeeding hemp or soy milk is a good protein source. Supplement with vit b12, taurine, carnitine & dha- these are hard to get from a vegan diet but are available from vegan sources, like dha from algae. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing from animals: Vegans undertake their diet either out of concern for the way that factory-farmed animals are treated, or because they have heard too-good-to-be-true claims about the health benefits. Anyone undertaking a vegan diet will need to supplement elaborately in order to avoid ruining their health, but i especially honor those gentle souls who do it for love of animals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be VERY careful: Vegans have the moral high ground but if you do not supplement, you'll ruin your health, perhaps within a few weeks. Vitamin B12 is the deficiency everyone knows, but getting enough calcium, vitamin D (if you're not out in the sun), iodine, zinc, iron and a few others is going to be very difficult as well. Do this, and your diet is no more or less healthy than most others. Choose wisely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limited: Despite all the "pop" claims, the huge study in am. J. Clin. Nutr. 89: 1613s, 2009 found no different between british vegetarians and omnivores in any category when researchers control for the other healthy lifestyle habits of vegetarians. "the china study" is misleading subscience by a well-intentioned man misled during mao's famine. The moral benefits are substantial. Choose what's right for you. ...Read more
Losing muscle: Despite all the claims and rhetoric, the benefits of a vegan diet are primarily moral rather than medical. And if you do not know EXACTLY what you are doing as you take your supplements, it will ruin your health. If you're going to continue this business, get with a professional who can guide you. Be sure you're continuing to exercise, and getting enough protein to maintain muscle mass. Best wishe ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vegans undertake their diet either out of concern for the way that factory-farmed animals are treated, or because they have heard too-good-to-be-true claims about the health benefits. Anyone undertaking a vegan diet will need to supplement elaborately in order to avoid ruining their health, but i especially honor those gentle souls who do it ...Read more