When I first transitioned to being Vegan, or I should say eating plant based (because I really didn't understand the scope of this title)...I honestly jumped into the waters blindly. Listen, I went running toward health as if Prince himself told me to purify myself in the waters of lake Minnetonka...yes, I just quoted Purple Rain (Rest in Power Prince). But seriously, we have to slow down and start to retrain ourselves which is going to take some research.
There are some things you are going to have to know and understand when you first step away from this matrix of a society we live in. I won't talk about the stigma aspects, as I discussed this in my previous blog...go and check that out if you haven't. In this particular blog, I want to present to you some specific information to help guide you on your health needs and ideas for your transition or active vegan lifestyle .
When you transition to living plant based, you are removing all animal products and byproducts from your diet. So you will no longer consume another mammal's milk products (e.g., cow, goat, etc.), eggs, animals for their protein, (whispers...saving the planet from destruction and animal lives) and so on. The goal is to now to head to the source for your bodily needs, because we eat to live right? There is a basic purpose in eating, that is forgotten behind all of these promoted imposter foods, slogans, and profits... and that purpose is to nourish all the cells within your body.
So lets look at the four popular items you need to know about (believe me you will be asked):
Do you really know what this is? So basically protein are composed of amino acids and these are one of the three macronutrients your body demands (as it can not produce this internally for homeostasis). When we consume protein-containing foods, we then use what we need (or can't produce...so they are considered"essential") as a base to recreate the 9 essential amino acids out of the the 20 types our bodies require.
Food examples: lentils, hemp seeds, broccoli, beans, chia seeds, nuts, etc. (these are just a few examples)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
This is 1 of 8 B vitamins that is especially noted because it helps with the metabolic process for carbohydrates and fats, and also with converting carbohydrates into the glucose (energy) the body needs.
Food examples: spinach, almonds, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, collard greens, bok choy, etc.
Okay, so we talked about essential amino acids, there are also 13 essential vitamins the body can not create on its own. Vitamin D happens to be one of them, and it supports bone health, neurological function, immune health, and more!
Sunlight will provide you with Vitamin D...but if you can't get outside daily for at least 15 minutes, and even if so - include Vitamin D rich foods within your diet!
Food example: dairy free fo