25Feb
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Why Eat Vegan?

Why Eat Vegan? The choice to revamp your diet to adapt to a all vegan diet is not a decision you should make on a whim. Being vegan now is a trendy choice, however for those who believe in the practice, it is anything but trendy. There are so many reasons why you would want to be a vegan. Several reasons are listed below.

Less Chemicals

Yes, even our meats have chemicals. Cows, chickens, and pigs are injected with hormones and chemicals from birth until they are killed for food. The food they consume is not a natural diet either, which does affect the food source they provide to us. Years ago, cow would eat grass on the pasture. Once it reached the age of not being able to reproduce it was slaughtered. The meat was near perfect because it led a natural life. However, not even organic grass-fed beef have this experience anymore. Finding a small farmer locally would be the only way to find meat like this, and it probably would be very expensive.

No Need to Kill Animals

If you have ever seen a film on the food industry in the USA you will know where this is going. These animals are killed in a way to is not humane at all. They suffer greatly. Many of them, especially chickens never see light in the chicken coop. In fact on the chicken farms they go through and select only the female chickens. They put the males in another container. When asked what they do with the male baby chicks, they said they were destroyed and re purposed as food to the female chickens. The person interviewing the chicken company was left speechless. It seems so wrong.

Plant Based Protein is Enough

Vegan’s claim that plant based proteins are enough to sustain everyone including body builders. They claim you do not need meat to meet your protein needs for the day. You need a diet rich in fruits, veggies, nuts, and beans and you will meet the requirement of .36 per lean body pound you have. So if your lean body mass is 120 pounds. You would multiply 120 times .36 and would need to eat at least 43 grams of protein per day.

Eating vegan is a choice and is not for everyone. Many people love eating meats. However it is very important people start researching where their meats are coming from and looking into cleaner sources. This will save your health and save the animals discomfort and improve their life as well. For every person who avoids eating cow meat at all for one year, they can save 95 cattle per year from being killed. A typical family of four could save nearly 400 cattle every year. That alone is motivating enough to try veganism.

18Feb
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Vegans versus Vegetarians

Many people use the terms vegan and vegetarian interchangeable. They assume a vegan is just someone who avoids eating meats, which is only partly true. The differences between vegans and vegetarians huge especially if you are vegan.

Vegans Only Eat Plants

Vegans only eat plants like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans. They will eat meat substitutes however strict vegans will likely avoid them because they are processed, heavily processed. They typically will not count calories. They will feast on all the fruit and veggies they wish using nuts and beans as their protein source. Vegan do need to take a B12 supplement since B12 is in meat.

A vegetarian will eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, cheese, eggs, and sometimes milk. They are usually less strict. They will consume animal product by products or food items that did not kill the animal like milk, cheese, and eggs.

Vegans Don’t Use Honey

Vegans do not use honey because it is made by an animal making it an animal by product. Getting the honey out for us to enjoy actually kills many bees, so vegans have decided it is not worth the pleasure. They do not eat it. They eat pure sugar cane instead.

Vegan: Vitamins

When a vegan buys vitamins they must compare the vitamin contents. Many vitamins contain milk. This would not be a big concern for a vegetarian since they can drink milk, but a vegan, that may upset them greatly. Hair products and other household item need to be analyzed before purchasing to make sure they do not contain any animal by-products.

The main difference between a vegan and a vegetarian is a vegetarian does not eat any animal that has been killed, and a vegan does not eat any animal kill or any product the animal may produce. Vegans promote a full plant based diet for health healing and prosperity.

11Feb
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Dangers of Eating too Few Calories

Many people fall victim of eating too few calories. They think it is the right thing to do to lose weight. After all, less calories in have to be a weight loss on the scale, right?  They reduce the calories to around 1000 a day. Then, when they see results they think if 1000 calories mean I will lose four pounds a week, then 500 means eight a week. Then, when reducing to 500-600 a day, they plateau. This is known in the fitness community as the Starvation mode. Some claim it is a myth others swear it is true.

Not debating if starvation mode is a myth or true, one thing is true, and that is when you eat to few calories, you will have a difficult time losing weight. Many people will notice once they increase their calories, even by 100-200 calories per day, they will start to see a loss.

Experts suggest the best method to determine just how many calories one needs to eat in order to build muscle yet lose weight is to use your basal metabolic rate(BMR). To find this number, one can find a calculator online.

Once you find your BMR number, you can either eat this many calories a day plus your activity calories or you can eat you BMR plus 10% for sedentary activity or 20% for active lifestyles. You should eat the same amount of calories each and every day.

The nutrition ratios should be 40% protein, 40% carbohydrate and 20% fats. This is also known as the zone. This macro nutrients ratios allow you to have a clear mind, yet reduce the carbs and increase protein to keep you full and satisfied.

Many people who claim they have been plateaued for one, two or even six months with no weight change, the answer is either to few calories or not enough activity. It takes some experimenting to get that perfect calories for your body. All it takes it a starting point and increasing or decreasing from there until you lose weight well.

Losing weight can be a frustrating, yet rewarding experience. You will learn things about yourself you never knew. You will learn that you are so much stronger than you ever thought you were. One thing is certain, if you truly change your diet, you will never go back to eating poorly again.

Snack Ideas on Gluten Free Lifestyle

It may be challenging at first to find good wheat free snack but, it won’t take you long to be a pro in finding a good nutritious wheat free snack. It is important first to make sure you are not dehydrated so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger pangs. It is a good idea to aim for eight to ten glasses of water a day. If you live in a hot climate, drink a few more glasses to make sure you do not get dehydrated.

A good snack idea is sweet potato fries. Alexia brand makes gluten free sweet potato fry. They are delicious. I have used them myself in the past. Even my picky eating husband loves them. They are good with organic gluten free catsup.

Another good snack idea is frozen grapes. I first saw this idea on Big Brother a few seasons back. One of the contestants loved frozen grapes. She swore it helped you not eat so much junk food, and it works. They are crunchy and sweet. It’s the perfect treat.

One of my personal favorites is peanut butter on celery. I personally am a peanut butter addict. I even add it to my almond milk shakes. The celery with the peanut butter is a great snack because peanut butter is pack with protein and celery is great for lower blood pressure naturally.

My last snack idea is one I use for myself: hardboiled eggs. I love a good hardboiled egg. It’s low carb and so low on calories for the nutrition it provides. I typically boil on Sunday nine hardboiled eggs.  All week I have those eggs at easy reach and peeled already. I have no excuses then not to eat well.

The ideas for snack ideas are endless. You are only limited by your imagination. Other good ideas are natural almonds or fresh peeled fruits. It is important for you when eating wheat free to incorporate snacks every day to keep your metabolism running well. Also, when you eat healthy whole foods, you feel better.