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Powered by plants... is a Vegan diet right for me?

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The one thing we can agree on is that everyone should eat more plants, but is following a vegan diet the best option for you?

Powered by plants... is a Vegan diet right for me?

What is a vegan diet?

A vegan diet is a type of vegetarianism that includes only plant based foods, excluding all animal meat and animal products. Veganism claims to offer a healthier, cruelty-free, and sustainable dietary pattern compared to a traditional Western omnivore diet.

What foods are included in a vegan diet?

Foods which are included:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Breads, cereals, and grains
  • Legumes e.g. lentils, chickpeas and beans
  • Soy foods e.g. tofu and tempeh
  • Nuts and seeds

Foods not included:

  • Red meat, poultry, fish and seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Usually honey, and other animal derived products and additives, such as gelatine

Positives of a vegan diet

A well planned and healthy vegan diet increases intake of fruit, vegetables (including legumes) and wholegrain cereals. Therefore, individuals following a vegan diet will have increased intake of dietary fibre, essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and decreased intake of saturated fat and salt - all of which have well researched health benefits. A vegan diet is also an important ethical and moral decision for many people, in order to follow a cruelty free and environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Negatives of a vegan diet

A vegan diet may be restrictive for many people when removing two core food groups - meat and dairy. It is important that vegans are aware that key nutrients - particularly Vitamin B12, Calcium, Protein, Iron and Omega 3’s - may be lacking in a vegan diet, and need to be consumed alternatively by eating a variety of plant based foods, fortified foods, and may require additional supplementation. Many processed and discretionary (aka junk) foods are considered vegan, so it is still important to consider intake of discretionary choices which are high in energy and sugar, and low in other nutrients.

The bottom line

Overall, a balanced and well planned vegan diet can be a healthy, humane and sustainable option that provides a wide range of essential nutrients. Given the somewhat restrictive nature of the diet, you may benefit from seeking advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian to ensure you are meeting your individual nutrition needs to be at your happiest and healthiest!

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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