Veganism is a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty. This includes food, clothing, or any other use (for example, testing cosmetic products).
A vegan diet is entirely plant-based, excluding all animal products. There are a variety of reasons people choose a vegan diet, ranging from political to health related.
There are many different types of vegan diets. Some that we at Herbs Can Cleanse believe to be more healthy choices include:
Whole-food vegan diet: A diet based on a wide variety of whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Raw-food vegan diet: A vegan diet based on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or plant foods cooked at temperatures below 118°F (48°C) (1).
80/10/10: The 80/10/10 diet is a raw-food vegan diet that limits fat-rich plants such as nuts and avocados and relies mainly on raw fruits and soft greens instead. Also referred to as the low-fat, raw-food vegan diet or fruitarian diet.
Raw till 4: A low-fat vegan diet inspired by the 80/10/10 and starch solution. Raw foods are consumed until 4 p.m., with the option of a cooked plant-based meal for dinner.
The thrive diet: The thrive diet is a raw-food vegan diet. Followers eat plant-based, whole foods that are raw or minimally cooked at low temperatures.
Which might be right for you? Most start off slowly by, for example, eating vegan one or two days of the week, or even one or two meals a week! If you have a picky family, this provides an opportunity for your picky eaters to get used to the changes and gives you an opportunity to find things they like before you make a more complete change.
Eating vegan may help you maintain a healthy heart, lose weight, and help moderate blood sugar. Vegans find it easier to get many different nutrients (but, remember that there are certain nutrients such B-12). There is also evidence that shows eating vegan may be related to reduced incidence of certain cancers!
In our next blog, we’ll look at building blocks for a health vegan diet. Then, in part 3, we’ll present some easy-to-prepare vegan meals! As you change your diet, it’s important to support your body’s release of toxins by using products that help your body in its cleansing process. Visit HerbsCanCleanse.Com for quality supplements for just that purpose! Eating vegan Part 2