I must confess that one of the most frequently asked questions by my patients is about Veganism and what they first thing is that it is a diet based on getting the elixir of our beauty magically. What they do not know is that veganism goes beyond even being a style of feeding, it is a conviction of how to find not only physical but also spiritual balance in respect for animal life.
Before you begin to explore the various aspects of this way of life you should know what it means, its various forms, as the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian” mean different things:
- A vegetarian does not eat any kind of meat, poultry or fish.
- An ovo-lacto-vegetarian eats dairy products and eggs, but not red meat, fish or poultry.
- A lacto-vegetarian eats dairy products but does not eat eggs.
- An ovo-vegetarian eats eggs but discards dairy products from his diet.
- A vegan does not consume any animal products. This includes everything from your food, to your clothes, to your home décor, and even food coloring or makeup.
One of the least practiced forms of vegetarianism is veganism, and when I told them that it really is a conviction it is because their greatest struggle is to defend animals so that their treatment is equal to that of human beings.
Vegetarian people as the main rule refuse to eat any food of animal origin but veganism goes further. 100% vegans reject the use of animals as a commercial resource and do not buy clothing or objects that come from animals.
If you really feel identified with being vegan, forget the boots and of course, no fur coats. Beauty products also enter this prohibited sector, at least those that have been tested on animals. You’re getting more and more about this social movement, right?… Well, then get comfortable because I’m just getting started.
Entering the Vegan Diet
Veganism is a lifestyle that requires discipline but its benefits are incredible for the body and for living in complete harmony with the world around us.
For vegans, animals are just like us and deserve our respect. They are against speciesism, a term used to highlight non-discrimination against animals as inferior – as opposed to the anthropologist.
Interesting facts about the Impact of Vegetarianism
- A study by the University of Oxford indicates that vegetarians pollute less, as their CO2 emissions are 50% lower than those of those who are not.
- Another study, this time by the UN, indicates that this type of food would be capable of eradicating world hunger.
- According to the UN, meat and dairy production accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of fertile land use and 19% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
It makes sense, then, to assume that veganism is beneficial not only to animals and the environment but also to humans themselves.
However, those who have been called’veggies’ are forced to justify their decision to others on a daily basis, to deny myths, to prove how healthy they are and to respond to thousands of criticisms of all kinds. Until they can endure mockery, which can be quite tiring and even disappointing and hurt the feelings of their followers.
The vegan diet is beneficial to us in many ways. They reduce the risk of cancer, cholesterol is more controlled, heart attacks are less likely, and so are heart attacks.
These benefits are added to the fight for the defense of animals and are absolutely true even if the most unbelievers refuse to admit it. But, it is true that this type of diet also produces deficiencies.
Lack of protein, vitamins or calcium is some of the problems that can occur when eating a vegan diet.
This type of food should always be followed by a nutritionist and follow a plan that proposes a healthy and balanced diet. Quarterly check-ups and tests will help you check that you are healthy and have no nutritional deficiencies.
If you follow all the guidelines that the doctor proposes, there is no problem in being vegan and your health will not be in danger. This way, you will undoubtedly be able to enjoy this new way of life, which today is followed by approximately 600 million people around the world.
Are you thinking of becoming a vegan or have you already? Leave me a comment with your doubts, experience or advice!