Clean Eating- vegan day...yay or nay?

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teenegygirl

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 13:02
Hi everyone! So I've been researching ways to eat healthy for so long now and made a lot of substitutes in my diet. I currently live with my parents who eat meat or chicken pretty much everyday. I'm a bit concerned from an article I read earlier about animal protein as well as trying to fit more fish in my diet lately.
Now I'm also thinking of having 1 'vegan day' every week..does that sound like a good idea?
Also bear in mind that I've never been vegan so extra points if anyone can link me to cool recipes?! Very Happy
pam-u-la

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 13:13
You can google search vegan recipes. Make sure you type in simple ones to start with. There you will find numerous recipes.
Now do you want to go completely vegan for a day or strict vegetarian?
Good luck! I say YAY to vegan eating just make sure to have some blood work done to ensure that you do not have any deficiencies.
teenegygirl

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 13:46
pam-u-la wrote:
You can google search vegan recipes. Make sure you type in simple ones to start with. There you will find numerous recipes.
Now do you want to go completely vegan for a day or strict vegetarian?
Good luck! I say YAY to vegan eating just make sure to have some blood work done to ensure that you do not have any deficiencies.

Completely vegan, its just for a day per week so I think I can manage. Also I already know I'm anemic and take supplements Smile
Thanks for your reply, I will start looking up some recipes.
eKatherine

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 14:34
I would say nay. You're a growing teen.

Research supporting the supposed health benefits of going vegan is very mixed. Much of what we read about the dangers of eating meat comes from studies that have been misrepresented by the researchers and the media.

Most people who try veganism quit within a couple of years because they can't stay on the diet. Everyone is different, and not everyone can stay healthy on it. And not everyone is into carefully planning their diets to make sure they are getting what they need. I know plenty of vegans who eat the same diet they ate before, just substituting processed vegan foods for meat products and buying their processed snack foods in a natural food store.

Out in the real world I have never met a vegan who tracked their dietary macros and could tell me their protein intake for even one day. There is a myth that most Americans eat 2x or 4x as much protein as they need. It assumes most Americans eat large portions of meat several times a day, which is no longer true.

I think the only reason to eat vegan would be the ethical one, and for me, as a person who is comfortable at the top of the food chain, that is irrelevant. Your mileage may vary.
pam-u-la

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 17:36
I do not think going vegan 1 day per week is anything to be concerned about.
Personally I have chosen to go vegan because of food issues and not ethical.
When planning the meal just make sure it has all the nutrients you need.
jennyjsummer

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 18:36
Its good the give yourself variety if you do it sensebaly.
mummydee

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Posted: 04 Aug 2013, 06:48
I tried the vegetarian route and it didn't agree with me, so i added animal proteins back in , but not in the amount that people generally consume... 3 - 4 oz of meat do me just fine... one chicken breast is more than enough.. I think we have supersized our way to unhealth, not what we eat so much as to how much. Every thing in moderation is okay.
cut out the processed foods , eat as much clean 'real' foods as possible and watch how your body balances out. You will lose weight and feel great.
If it is a plant, eat it, if it comes from a plant, don't!
foreverhealt...

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Posted: 04 Aug 2013, 08:21
what's the difference between strict vegetarian, one day a week and meatless Monday diet? I'm not into vegan; too strict a plan, for me
teenegygirl

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 07:39
mummydee wrote:
thanks, I totally agree with you. Smile Wish me luck! I actually just bought a bikini for when I go swimming just don't feel confident enough wearing it yet.
roseomg

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Posted: 08 Aug 2013, 09:33
Talk to your family about it for sure. Vegan day sounds like a really fun way to educate your family and for you all to come together and bond. It might give everyone more of an appreciation for veggies in general... which could lead to them being incorporated into more meals even on non-vegan days. Good luck!



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