Vegans make unhealthy mistakes. I know this because I am a vegan who makes unhealthy mistakes.
I remember when I first went vegetarian and I had the dreams of greatness in my imagination. I was going to be an inspiration to people and all of my friends would stop eating meat when they saw how healthy and vibrant I was.
In reality I gained 12 pounds and looked horrible for a while. As it turns out, you can go vegan and still be unhealthy! With so many vegan burgers, vegan chicken and vegan cheese out there you can practically eat the exact same meals you ate before the switch.
This is really great for saving animals so I’m all for it. If you want to go vegan and eat that way it’s a win for the plant and the animals. But it’s not great for your health. And being a girl I can say this, it can be bad for your figure too. Are you accidentally eating things that are harming your health?
1. Eating too much bread
One of the foods that vegans turn too from their very first day is bread. We are all comfortable with bread. Bread is comforting. And you can find vegan bread very easily and it taste great! This includes fresh vegan baked goods and pasta. While I can understand using it as a crutch to fill the void when you are making the transition, you have to let it go. While it is a good course of carbs and energy it is not a good source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Eat bread in a healthy proportion. It shouldn’t be 50% of your diet!
2. Not eating enough
After switching from a SAD diet to a vegan lifestyle many people will continue to try and eat less. The problem with this is whole foods like vegetables and fruit generally don’t have nearly as many calories as the food they were eating before. So they are always hungry, they feel bad and they start to think this vegan diet is horrible. The truth is you need to eat! As long as you are trying to make your meals and snacks mostly delicious whole foods then you can eat a lot more! Don’t be hungry. Eat!
3. Eat too many oils and bad fats
Another food that makes its way from the SAD diet to a vegan diet is oil. These oils and fats may be vegan but they are still bad for you. I suggest you only keep the very best types of oils and fats in your kitchen and throw the rest out. Some of the good ones are extra virgin seed oils, coconut oil, avocado and nuts.
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