Here at Elementary Life, we are delighted to see veganism taking centre stage as thousands commit to a month of veganism in support of Veganuary. We are committed to healthy living and sustainable and earth-friendly ways of growing and harvesting food, and our products are 100% vegan friendly. However, veganism is a big step, even if only for a month, so in this blog we’ve outlined some of the things you should think about when planning your new diet.
Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in the diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower is known as a vegan. Veganuary (#veganuary) is a month-long campaign that highlights healthy plant-based eating, and mindfulness of the plight of industrial scale animal farming practices. Supporters of Veganuary commit to veganism for the month of January, giving up meat, fish, dairy and the use of any animal-based, or tested products and garments. For most, a love of animals is the catalyst. Some want to feel better about themselves and the impact they make on the world. Others would like to set themselves a challenge, and many combine Veganuary with their new year’s resolutions, seeing veganism as the healthiest start to the year.
A healthy way of life
Well-planned vegan diets can reduce the risk of some types of chronic disease, including heart disease. Veganism is regarded as appropriate for all stages of life, including infancy and pregnancy, by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, and the British Dietetic Association.
But those who fail to plan…
Plan to fail, as the adage goes. Unbalanced vegan diets may lead to nutritional deficiencies that nullify any benefits and could even cause serious health issues. Some of these deficiencies can only be prevented through the choice of fortified foods or the regular intake of dietary supplements.
For those enthusiastic to break from the indulgence of December, embracing Veganuary wholeheartedly from January 1st, these deficiencies may still surface, even if the change is only temporary.
Whilst usually being higher in dietary fibre, folic acid, vitamins C & E; by avoiding animal and animal products, a vegan diet is at risk of being low in key proteins, calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.
Stock up on some extras
Regular intake of a vegan friendly plant-based nutrition supplement, like Elementary Vital, will help balance complete nutrition requirements by boosting Omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, iron and protein, with the added benefit of antioxidants, lignans, beta glucans, good carbohydrates and other valuable nutrients for overall vitality, energy and immune system health.
Good luck to everyone taking part in Veganuary!
Note: The vegan studies that do exist often involve only a small number of subjects. More studies are needed with long-term vegans because the health advantages appear more clearly defined when a person has been following a plant-based diet for 5 or more years.