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The Truth about Veganism

With the “health revolution” that’s going on right now, a vegan diet seems to become more and more popular. There are lots of vegan recipes out there and celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez are trying it. What does being a vegan mean exactly and how does it influence your health? A little heads up on veganism.  

The Truth about Veganism

Veganism is mostly defined as the absence of consumption of animal products. This means not eating meat, dairy, or eggs and not wearing leather or fur. However, if one chooses to go vegan for personal health reasons and not because of ethics, being a vegan might  indicate that one doesn’t eat or drink animal products, but still wears leather.

Health benefits of eating a plant-based diet are said to include a healthier hart, more vibrant skin, lots of energy, and better digestion (especially if you don’t take dairy too well). This is, if you do veganism the healthy way. Vegan does not necessarily mean healthy, Oreos are vegan too, but they are full of artificials and low in nutritional value. A primary benefit of a vegan diet  is that the consumption of nutritient-dense foods (fruits, veggies, nuts) often increases which really aids your health. Living a vegan lifestyle healthily can be hard because it is easy to lack protein, iron, calcium and vitamin B12 if you don’t eat the right foods in the right amount. This does not mean it is impossible, and once you know how to do it the right way it becomes easier and easier.

There are a lot of people out there who claim that a plant-based diet is what makes them thrive. On the other hand, there are also people who tried being vegan for more than half a year, under supervision of nutritionists and doctors, that are just not feeling it. Every body is different and needs different nutrition for optimal health.

If you are wondering if veganism is for you, I would really recommend to just try it for a week and see how you feel. It is not as hard as it might seem at first, even going out for dinner does not have to be a problem! Please don’t stress if you don’t manage to cut out the animal products 100%, as said above, a primary benefit of a vegan lifestyle is the increase in consumption of healthy foods. And, don’t forget the mental part! I am sure everyone who sets his mind to it can do it for a week, but if you just end up missing your favourite foods too much, it might not make you feel awesome at all.

If you want to know more about a vegan diet, I can always do another blogpost about it. Just comment below 🙂

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  1. Lotta

    Good article! I like it that you mentioned a vegan diet also could be very unhealthy if you don’t choose the right products, but can be very benificial if you know how to add the right products.
    For me eating vegan/plant-based really works well. I’m one of the persons that only experienced the benefits. Once you know where to get the “risk”-micronutrients, its very easy & healthy to maintain! 🙂

    • Annegeke

      Thanks Lotta! Really nice to read your experience and awesome that it works so well for you 🙂

  2. Julie

    Niiiiice! I already wanted to ask about this.
    Yes, please, another article. I would love to have some more information on this.
    I tried it for 1 month the other time, but fainted twice in the middle of my work out (although I was watching what feels good, and what doesn’t, & tried to go as easy as possible), so I guess I missed something in my diet.

    • Annegeke

      Ahh that doesn’t sound good! I might share a bit more detail on how a vegan diet could look like. Would that be helpful? (: Otherwise I can also email you if you have specific questions, let me know! X

  3. Imelda

    I tried to go vegan recently but only lasted 2.5days. I’m inspired now to try it again for at least a week to see the benefits!

    • Annegeke

      Good luck Imelda! Maybe it helps to set up a 5 day plan in advance (taking a busy or not so busy schedule into account) and prepare some meals or grocery lists. Pick recipes that you would really like to try but are easy to make. This way it’s really fun and feasible to try new things. We would love to hear how it goes.

      • Imelda

        Thanks! I’m going to try it next week when I return from a music festival.

  4. Jolien

    I’m going vegan for two weeks next sunday, to see how it is 🙂 so I would love to read more about it!
    Ps. Als je Nederlands bent, dan is ‘de vegarevolutie’ echt een aanrader!

  5. vegansfirst

    This is so much helpful post. For me eating vegan/plant-based really works well. I’m one of the persons that only experienced the benefits. Thank you very much for sharing this.