Six tips that will help you maintain a balanced vegan diet
1. Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Each type of fruit and vegetable offers its own unique nutrition profile. Eating the rainbow will ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. Additionally, incorporating different colours and textures into your meals can make your meals more interesting and enjoyable.
2. Choose healthy fats; seeds, nuts, avocados etc.
Avocados are high in antioxidants, which can protect the body from free radical damage. The healthy fats found in avocados can help promote healthy skin, regulate hormones, and provide the body with energy. Seeds and nuts are excellent sources of essential fatty acids and contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can improve overall health. Consuming healthy fats can help to keep your skin looking healthy, balance your hormones, and give you an energy boost.
3. Drink plenty of water.
Water helps to flush out toxins that our bodies accumulate on a daily basis. Drinking plenty of fluids also helps to keep our energy levels up, as well as maintain good digestion and metabolism. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it often. You can add a slice of lemon or any other fruit of your liking to your water for extra flavour.
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4. Make your own mylk to avoid extra sugars and preservatives.
Making your own plant-based milk is a great way to avoid extra sugar and other unhealthy additives that are commonly found in store-bought versions. It is easy to make and can be made with ingredients like almonds, oats, cashews, flax, hemp, and soy.
5. Plan, meal prep & keep a food diary.
When you meal prep, you can select and prepare meals ahead of time that will provide you with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. This helps to ensure that you are not skipping meals or eating out of convenience but regularly eating the correct amount of macronutrients to fuel your body. Meal prepping also makes it easier to create healthy meals in a short amount of time.
A food diary can help you make sure that you are getting enough of the proper nutrients and can help you identify any areas where you need to make adjustments. Keeping a food diary also encourages mindful eating so that you can pay attention to your body and how it is feeling daily. Finally, creating new vegan recipes or experimenting with unique vegan ingredients can make it easier.
6. Do not overly restrict yourself.
While veganism does involve making healthy, mindful and conscious food choices, it is also important to allow yourself to enjoy the experience of eating and explore new vegan foods and flavours. Depriving yourself of certain types of food can lead to feelings of deprivation and even the inability to maintain your vegan diet. Also, allowing yourself to indulge in your diet with occasional vegan treats can help to keep your cravings and motivation in check. So while staying mindful of your dietary restrictions, don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to eating.