Here’s Part 2 of my how to be a healthy vegan post. You can check out Part 1 here.
Focus on whole foods
Make these the staple of your meals leaving processed foods such as faux meats, cakes etc as secondary. Not only better for your body but better for the environment too as they generally involve less packaging.
There are some great apps to help you on your healthy journey. Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen was created by the people behind Nutritionfacts.org and lets you keep track of the foods that are recommended in his book ‘Not to Die’. Headpace is a meditation app that suggests just 10 minutes a day can help improve concentration and happiness. Also, I have several Running apps that have really helped improve my time and distance. My favourites include Map by Run and Walk Jog Run. Stay tuned for a post on my favourite health and vegan apps.
Nutritionally, seeds are great for providing you with healthy fats, protein and micronutrients. I always add a tablespoon of Flaxseed to my morning smoothie or sprinkle onto porridge. I also love to add pumpkin seeds and seasame seeds to salads and stir frys. And, in case you missed it, here’s my recipe for Chocolate Chia Seed pudding. https://londonveganbird.com/2016/08/22/vegan-bird-food-chocolate-chia-pudding/
It’s true, for me, at least that if I put a ban on something (cake, for example), I will then seek it out and go eat all the cake so incorporate some less healthy choices if you fancy, just perhaps not every day. A little of what you fancy…
As all vegans know, B12 is the one nutrient that vegans should supplement. It’s needed for your brain and nervous system to function. You can get it from fortified foods such as plant based milks, cereals, nutritional yeast flakes to name a few or by taking a supplement. For more details on B12, check out this article
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird