A good vegan diet, tips to stay healthy, ways to keep skin clean. i just need a lot of help today :)?
Question by Kaytee A: A good vegan diet, tips to stay healthy, ways to keep skin clean. i just need a lot of help today ?
So I’m Vegan and I was looking for like a good suggestion for a diet that is all vegan, or a meal plan I should design. I need tips to stay motivated. Or an easy diet/exercise plan that is easy to stick too.
I have a break from school and I’m trying to get fit for summer.
Also any good at home remedies for acne, or face washes you use that help keep your acne away. Or medicines you use. Or fruits/vegetables that are good for skin. I know I should drink a ton of water.
Does diet sodas affect skin? Do juices? Should I cut all sodas or can I still drink diet sodas? I need a lot of advice
Answer by First L
I won’t even begin to try to answer all of your questions, but here’s my best answer to your first one:
The most common nutritional deficiencies in vegans are protein and vitamin B12. There are very few non-animal sources of “complete” protein (protein containing all of the “essential” amino acids, menaing the amino acids that your body is unable to make on its own). Without complete protein, your body can’t use the protein that you eat, and instead turns most of it into carbohydrates. Some vegan sources of complete protein are quinoa (a type of seed that is used as a grain), yeast, and fermented soybean paste (known as miso). Miso and yeast are also great spurces of vitamin B12, as is seaweed. You can but dried seaweed, miso paste, and brewer’s yeast in any health food store. You can add re-hydrated seaweed shreds to any type of soup, stew or stir-fry (dried kelp is especially good when cooking a pot of beans! It makes them less “gassy”). Miso is also great in stews, soups and stir-frys, but it is very salty, so you can only use it in relatively small amounts. The same goes for brewer’s yeast, which some people say is healthier for you than baker’s yeast.
Seaweed also is a good source of iodine, which your body needs.
A good way to get complete protein in your diet is to combine whole grains and beans, either in the same dish, or at least at the same meal (you don’t HAVE to eat them in exactly the same meal together, but when you see them together on the same plate, it’s easier to remember to eat both). That’s why so many poor nations feature beans and rice dishes so prominently in their national cuisines (just look at any plate in any Mexican restaurant, chances are it will have both beans and rice on it). If you want to get more protein in your diet, remember that whole grains have a LOT more protein than processed grains (which are almost pure carbohydrate). Most of the protein in grains is in the bran and the germ, which are both removed in processed grains. Eat whole wheat instead of white flour, eat brown rice instead of white rice, etc.
Soybeans have more protein per ounce than most other beans. Next come lentils, then all the other beans.
Common mistakes most vegans make is to consider sweet corn a vegetable (it isn’t, it’s a grain, even when it’s fresh, so it’s a carbohydrate), and to consider green peas to be a vegetable (they’re not, they’re a type of bean).
Most of your vitamins (other than B12) will come from fruits and vegetables. Try to eat the freshest veggies you can (vegetables lose most of their vitamins within a few days of being picked), and if you can’t afford fresh vegetables, frozen are a good substitute (most frozen veggies are frozen the same day theyr are picked, so the vitamins are preserved). Canned veggies come in third in the amount of vitamins, but if you use the water they come packed in when you cook, you’ll retain more of the vitamins. Canned tomatoes are very good, though, as they retain quite a bit of their vitamins (and flavor) compared to other canned veggies.
When people tell you it’s best to eat locally grown vegetables and fruit while they’re in season, they’re actually saying to eat the freshest veggies possible. If you’re eating fresh peaches in the winter, they’ve been shipped to you from halfway across the world by ship, which can take up to 2 weeks. The vast majority of the vitamins in those fruit and veg have already been destroyed.
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