Veganism 101

Know Your Reasoning - Plan Your Transition For Better Nutrition
Health and beauty benefits, environmental concerns or a desire to avoid eating animal products are all reasons for transitioning to a vegan diet. But you have to make sure you’re still getting your required nutrients. “The thinking that simply ‘going vegan’ will make you healthier and that you don’t need to plan out a balanced vegan menu is probably the greatest misconception,” says author and nutrition, health and fitness consultant Dr. Janet Bond Brill. “Eliminating all animal products from the diet can increase the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies.”

Cut Out Animal Products - But Start Slow
The best way to transition is to eat familiar foods with a vegan twist. But just because a product 
is labeled vegan, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. Avoid processed foods and shop at your local farmer’s market for fresh ingredients.

Get The Right Nutrients

A conscious vegan dieter can easily meet all the required vitamins and minerals for good health 
as long as the individual is consuming a varied diet with enough calories to maintain their body weight,” says Brill. “A diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds will promote good health and weight control.”

Experiment In The Kitchen
One great way to transition into veganism is try a few cooking classes focused on meat-free dishes. Try the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, The Naked Bite in Miami, Spork Foods in Los Angeles and The Chopping Block in Chicago.

Staples In The Vegan Diet
1.  Dark, leafy greens
2.  Complex grains
3.  Beans
4.  A variety of fruits and vegetables
5.  Sprouted bread
6.  Organic sprouted tofu
7.  Vegan cheese

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