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What is a vegan diet? Is it healthy?

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What is a vegan diet? Is it healthy?vegan_food_pyramid
A vegan diet is based on only eating plant-based foods. This means that any meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, cheese and honey are all avoided.
Well-balanced vegan diets have been approved for all stages of life, including pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents, the elderly population, and competitive athletes. These diets are generally considered healthy and wholesome as long as you are still receiving the proper nutrients that are being lost by not consuming animal products. The types of nutrients generally lost through a poorly planned vegan diet in include calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and iron. Losing these essential nutrients can cause serious health problems, but can be avoided as long as your vegan diet is properly planned.
Here are some quick facts on the importance of these nutrients and how to keep them while on a vegan diet:
• Vitamin B12: Produces and maintains cells, maintains the nervous system, and helps create DNA.
• Calcium: Keeps bones strong, expands blood to muscles and vessels
• Iron: Transports oxygen, regulates cell growth and differentiation, integral part of many proteins and enzymes
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Protects against atherosclerosis, acts as an anti-inflammatory
In order to keep from losing these nutrients that are crucial in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you can eat:
• Wheat: Breakfast cereals, yeast extract, fortified oatmeal/cereal
• Vegetable Substitutes: Vegetable stock, veggie burgers,
• Soy Products: Soy milk, tofu, soy beans, soy nuts
• Beans: Lentils, any kind of beans, chickpeas
To conclude, yes, a vegan diet is extremely healthy. Research has shown that people who follow a vegetarian diet are at a lower risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, diverticulosis, renal disease, some cancers (including lung and breast), and gallstones. Also, cholesterol is only found in animal foods, so vegan diets are completely cholesterol-free. This diet focuses on fresh, unprocessed foods and will help with many future health problems in the long run.

Author: Jacqueline LeClaire

President and owner of Results Wellness Centers since July 1998 – Present (16 years 1 month)Saylorsburg, Pa 18353 Results Wellness Center offers Personal & Group Fitness Training, Nutrition and Wellness programs for superior personal training. Whether you would like to Lose Weight, Gain Muscle, increase your Cardiovascular capacity, Tone or need Nutritional Guidance, we will tailor make your program. Our 21st century approach, is the new wave in Fitness. A true mind and body Center. The Results Center was established in 1998 as a Hypnotherapy & Wellness Center and has evolved into much, much more. Our unique approach incorporates using your subconscious mind, through hypnotherapy, Reiki and other non-traditional methods to balance mind and body to work together, making it easier to reach and, most importantly, maintain the goal. We have helped thousands to reach and maintain their health and fitness goals. Our programs are tailor made and affordable. Many of our programs can be accessed via internet, budget friendly. At your home, business or fitness facility, at our studios or online, here is how we can help you: Fitness Classes In-home training Corporate lunchtime programs at our studio or at your office or business On-line coaching Nutritional guidance Hypnotherapy Reiki Massage therapy TRX Pilates Cardio kick boxing and much more! http://www.resultswellnesscenters.com/

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