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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?
More infomation: To answer that question one would need to know the names of the foods to which you are allergic. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Diet: Eating disorders are usually a symptom of something else going on in your life. The cure isn't a change in diet. Instead I urge you to talk out your life issues with someone you trust. I would also urge a different kind of diet. Eliminate all fast foods, high sugar foods, no sodas, anything with high fructose in it. Plan meals and stick to the plan. Pure vegan is often deficient in many areas. ...Read more
What do you suggest if instead im lying in my bed sulking. Could a vegan diet be my answer to my problems?
Why sulking?: What are you sulking about? Are you feeling offended by someone, or is life simply not going your way? A vegan diet isn't likely to cure boredom, anger, or depression -- you need to look at what's evoking your feelings instead, and do something about them. If it means talking with someone you're having difficulty with, please do so. If this is ongoing, you can see your physician for a checkup. ...Read more
If done carefully: There is limited research but a careful vegan diet can be very healthy; vegan diets reduce risk of obesity, high blood pressure, lower cholesterol & likely reduce cancer risk. However, certain nutrients such as vitamin b12, carnitine, taurine & dha are difficult to obtain with a vegan dirt so should be supplemented. See https://vegetarian-nutrition. Info/vegan-diets-pros-cons/ for more info. ...Read more
Vitamins, veggies: You can always take a vitamin with a high dose of calcium and vitamin d. More than likely though a vegan diet may be a little low in some other nutrients. I suggest seeing a nutritionist for planning purposes. Many vegetables, like broccoli, have high levels of calcium. Others have iron or allow higher absorption of iron (tomatoes). A nutritionist can give you a good healthy plan. ...Read more
Animal Fat & Protein: I encourage families to include animal fat and protein in their diet, as traditional societies around the world. A well-balanced (fat/protein/carbs) nutritionally packed vegan/vegetarian diet is possible, but less probable - especially for children. http://getrealforkids. Com/resources/real-food/balanced-meals-snacks/1987-secrets-of-a-balanced-meal#. ...Read more
Depends: I respect the morality of vegetarianism but the best studies have found the actual health benefits (longevity, any major category of disease) to be elusive. We autopsy pathologists know that atherosclerosis can be reversed by lifestyle, but I would caution you very strongly against thinking that a vegan diet will be magic and ignoring fitness other evidence-based interventions. ...Read more
Yes: In my opinion, being a vegan can be a very healthy way to eat and get to the weight that nature intended you to be. It is important to supplement with B12 if you become a vegan. Talk it over with your doctor first. ...Read more
Diet's not the key: I hope that you will manage your cholesterol and any other coronary risk factors appropriately. Vegans have the moral high ground, but all the really big good studies I've seen have shown no impact of vegetarianism / veganism on any health or longevity parameter when we control for other lifestyle factors. I'm sorry you were deceived. Eat to please yourself and stay physically fit. ...Read more
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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