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July 12, 2019

Vegan Beginners 101

 

This month, we are celebrating our vegan dates lovers worldwide. We know that living the green life as a vegan is not an easy thing for most people. After living your whole life eating roast beef, fried chicken and sushi, going vegan seems like an enormous sacrifice. Despite this, we need to respect our friends who have decided to take a turn in life by opting for veganism.

Before we delve deeper into the matter, let's get the terms correct. A vegan lifestyle refers to abstaining from animal-based products, particularly when it comes to one's choice of diet. Some vegetarians are allowed to eat animal by-products such as milk, cheese and eggs, vegans, however, are on a stricter dietary plan.

Starting something new is always a great challenge, but here at All Kurma, if you're going vegan, we'll be there to support your life decision, no judgement here. So, in this article we'll guide you on how you can begin a greener healthier and yummier life transition.

 

Photo Credit: My Life Runs on Food

Understand How the Body Works

Firstly, we need to understand that each body has a different way of processing food. That means, before diving into the vegan lifestyle, it's best to speak to a physician or nutritionist to get a basic understanding of how the body works. For example, when the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, Australian National Health & Medical Research Council, New Zealand Ministry of Health, Harvard Medical School and the British Dietetic Council support a well-planned vegan diet programme, the German Society for Nutrition does not recommend vegan diets for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Generally, for a healthy person, going vegan can help lower the risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease as the diets are high in fibre, magnesium, folic acid, Vitamin B, vitamin C and iron. Remember these nutrients can be found in abundance in dates! Read our older article HERE.

Understand How Food Works

After speaking to a nutritionist, you also need to play a big part by reading a lot about the type of food you need in your new-found vegan journey. You need to familiarize yourself with vegan ingredients the next time you go shopping for groceries. Remember, when you skip meat, cheese and milk, you need to find a good alternative for protein, calcium, Vitamin B12 and iron.

Seeds and nuts contain high protein, while potatoes and mushroom are rich in iron. You can replace milk with plant-based milk including soy, almond and oat milk. It is best to plan your food well so you won't get bored eating legumes, tofu and leaves, and you might be tempted to go back to eating meat.

This is where your beloved dates come in! Pit and chop your favourite dates and add a handful into your salad to add some sweetness into your otherwise bland appetizer. Did you know that dates can be added into your spicy Arrabiata sauce to give it a little sweet kick? This would make your penne or spaghetti more delicious.

If you have extra time at hand, try baking your own pizza with special vegan toppings. We suggest that you saute a selection of chopped vegetables - capsicum, zucchini, mushroom, baby corn, cherry tomatoes, spinach, anything you like. Add salt, pepper, some garlic powder and chopped dates to taste. After slabbing a generous amount of tomato sauce on top of the dough, gently pour your vegetables on top and arrange them well. Then, bake in the oven under medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes and your vegan pizza is ready for dinner.

No worries fellow vegans, this is just the beginning. More vegan-friendly secrets next time at All Kurma.

Now that you've gotten your dose of upDates! Till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma.

Reference:
https://www.ilovevegan.com/resources/transitioning-to-a-vegan-lifestyle/
https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/iron-rich-plant-foods#section3