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Vegan and vegetarian diets


As you may know by now I don´t like diets and I don´t even like to use the word diet. For me that makes it harder mentally and emotionally it gives our brain the idea that we will eliminate our favorite foods for a period of time and that it will be tough. We´re sending the wrong message only with words.

Even when I don´t like the term diet there are so many out there and some of those are the vegan and vegetarian diets.

There are differences between vegan and vegetarians, vegetarians do not eat animals, meat, chicken, fish, etc; their diet is based on vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts and some of them consume eggs and dairy.

Vegan is a more strict vegetarian diet, they don´t consume any animal product and animal derived ingredients so all meats, poultry, fish, etc are out also eggs and dairy, honey and any other product that comes from animal.

In most cases the reason why people decide to go vegetarian or vegan is for environmental reasons, vegetarians are against killing animals and that´s why they can have dairy or eggs, vegans go deeper and not only go against killing animals they really consider the conditions in which all animals are treated and that´s why they also eliminate eggs and dairy.

When someone following any of this diets tell me that their reason why I respect their ideas and decisions, when their number one reason is environmental I´m totally accept it, it´s great to have people that care for the animals and environments but when some of them tell me that it´s for health reasons I totally disagree because many of them consume a lot of junk and refined food which are unhealthy.

They don´t eat meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy, etc; but they eat patatoe chips, cake, fries,  (it´s funny how they say they´re vegans and watch them eat cake, cookies or some other processed food made with animal derived ingredients).

All the added sugars, chemicals, extra ingredients, flavors, etc; contained in processed food are so unhealthy and are the cause of some health problems. You need to be clear on your reason why you are following a certain diet and be aware of what you´re eating this is why reading labels is important. If your reason is health then it may be better to eliminate all junk, processed and refine foods and stick to whole fresh foods, once you are comfortable with this you can adjust your diet to make it better for you.

For people who follow this diets I do think they´ll need to use supplements for the nutrients they´re not getting from animal products, our bodies need proteins and the proteins or amino-acids that can be found on animal products are not the same to the ones find on vegetables, the amino acid profiles are different. At least the amount of food needed is higher.

If you have a really good reason why you want to follow one of this diets give them a try but don´t forget that your health most be a priority, if you follow it just because someone lost a lot of weight and that´s your goal it may not be the best option for you. There are so many ways to achieve the same results, there are different tools and strategies you can use to get to your goal so don´t stick with just one diet , give it a try and if you don´t like the way you feel then try another one.

If you are following any of this diets for environmental reasons then that´s great, continue with it just make sure that you are giving your body all the nutrients it needs through food or in case you need some supplements find the one that are best for you and also be aware of the products you are consuming, make sure that they are vegan or vegetarian.

Talking about the environment there are other ways to help a part from avoiding animal products like walking or using a bicycle instead of the car or finding ways to use our car less, reducing the amount of waste, etc.

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