Fruits and vegetables are good for the body. However, saying goodbye to meat and other meat products may not be that easy. So, before jumping into the vegan bandwagon, be sure that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Listed below are a few things that you should know before going vegan. Read on and we’ll tell you more about it.

B12 supplement is needed

Things You Need to Know Before Going VeganVitamin B12 can only be found on meat and poultry products. So, if you are to stick with the vegetarian diet, you’ll need to stock up on B12-enriched foods and supplements as well.

Vitamin B12 is essential in keeping our nerve and blood cells healthy. Lack of which could result to depression, nerve problems, constipation, weakness and tiredness.

Find a new source of protein

We get it, you’re going vegan. However, please bear in mind that every meal that you take in should have a serving of protein in it. This is important as they are the ones responsible in promoting cell growth and repair. Protein can be found in beans, lentils and soy.

Go easy on soy-based products

Things You Need to Know Before Going VeganExperts are emphasizing the dangers of soy-based products while promoters are exaggerating on its benefits. While the role it plays in the development of heart diseases and cancer is not yet certain, expert believe that taking in too much of these products is worse than taking in meat products.

These are processed foods that are loaded with preservatives and sodium. So, please make it a habit to read the labels before buying.

Do it one step at a time

You can’t just wake up one morning and decide that you are staying away from any form of animal products. It doesn’t work that way.

Start by adding more fruits and vegetables in your diet. At the same time, try to cut-back on meat and processed foods. Make gradual changes and see how you feel along the way.

 

Experts believe that the key to a healthy diet is taking in a wide variety of foods but
taking into account the number of calories per serving.
Listed below are a few helpful tips that would help you maintain a healthy diet by
adhering to this principle while allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods.

Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains

Healthy Eating Tips

Survey reveals that most Americans don’t get to eat as much of these foods. If you
are taking in 6-11 servings of pasta, cereal, rice and bread group, then at least 3
servings of which should be whole grains.
Also, you should eat at least 2-4 servings of fruits and vegetables. If you don’t like
them that much, give them another chance. Try to browse through the internet for
simple yet healthy recipes.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods
In order to maintain good health, our bodies need at least 40 different nutrients.
And you can’t get all those nutrients in a single food group. Your food selection
should include meat, fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and dairy
products. Also, a person’s food intake depends on his caloric needs.

Maintain a healthy weight
A person’s ideal weight depends on a number of factors including age, height and
sex. Excess fat could increase your chances of developing diabetes, stroke, heart
disease, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.
Being too thin, on the other hand, could increase your risk of menstrual
irregularities, osteoporosis and other diseases. Adhering to an exercise program can
also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Reduce food intake

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If your favorite food is high in fat, salt or sugar, then eliminating it from your diet is
not the solution. Rather, you have to control how much you take in and how often
you eat these foods.
If fried chicken is one of your favorites, you are still free to enjoy it. You just have to
eat it less often. Make gradual changes

You are not expected to magically change your eating habits overnight. People who
try to change their diet significantly are less likely to succeed. Most of the time,
these people would go back to their old eating habits within a few weeks.

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Exercising is beneficial for our body. But you don’t have to go to the gym and pay
for the membership fees each month or purchase those expensive equipment in
order stay fit. You can exercise at the comfort of your home and use what you have
in your house.

Jumping jacks

Simple Exercises without Any Equipment
Jumping jacks are always fun as it triggers the memories of your childhood. This is
not just fun, it’s also a great cardio exercise and perfect for warming up too.

Crunches
This is the best exercise for those people who are looking to build up and
strengthen their abdominal muscles. If you’re tired, you are free to get your head all
the way up. You’ll still see some benefits as long as you feel the stretching of your
abdominal muscles as you go up.

Squats
This exercise is perfect for your buttocks and legs. If you’re having a hard time
squatting, you can do this by sitting and standing on a regular chair. Do a few
repetitions each day and you’ll notice wonderful effects on your body.

Jog in place

Simple Exercises without Any Equipment
Jogging is considered as a great cardio exercise. This exercise can be done at home
while listening to music or watching TV. Plus, you don’t need any equipment in
order to perform this exercise. All you need is a good pair of shoes to help eliminate
the stress on your legs.

Pushups
Most people may not like this exercise. But you are free to explore and find easier
ways to do this. Instead of keeping your legs straight, you can do them on your
knees or while standing up against the wall. Pushups can help you work out the
muscles in your chest area and build up arm strength.

Dancing
Dancing is a fun exercise that you can do with your friends and family. This will not
only help you lose weight and stay fit, it can also uplift your spirit. Plus, it’s a great
confidence booster as well.


Tasty ways to use coconut oil:
*Fry eggs in coconut oil using 1-2 Tbs @ medium high heat
*Add 1 Tbs raw coconut oil in protein shake
*Add 1 Tbs raw coconut oil to warm baked sweet potato and it will melt like butter!
Coconut Chicken Curry

Procedure:

In a frying pan sauté garlic, onion, ginger, with coconut oil. Add the cut-up chicken, slightly brown the chicken. Add chicken stock, simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt, black pepper and curry powder. Cover the pan. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Dissolve coconut flour in 1/4 cup of water. Stir it into the pan. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Serve over brown rice and with a salad

 

Winter Squash Soup

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

  • 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup red lentils soaked and drained
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 4 cups water, add more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup minced cilantro

In a large soup pot, combine the squash, lentils, tomato, coconut, curry, cumin, onion, red pepper and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce to low and simmer for 20 min. covered. Remove the cover and simmer another 10 min.

To temper:

In a small skillet, warm the coconut oil until hot. Add the mustard, red pepper flakes, garlic and salt. Stir the and cook for 10 seconds. Then put a ladle full of soup into the skillet. It will sizzle. Stir and add the contents of the skillet to the soup and stir. Finish with the honey, lemon juice and cilantro. Stir and serve.

Eating healthy and nutritious foods is beneficial for your body. This does not only
help you achieve a slimmer body, it helps you save money too.
One study revealed that people are more likely to save at least $550 a year by
eating healthy and nutritious foods. However, eating better does not mean that you
have to do away from sweets and junk foods. Moderation is the key.
Listed below are some ways to help you eat better for less. Read on and try to
gradually incorporate these tips into your food planning.

Create a shopping list
Before you head out, try to create a shopping list and a menu plan. This way, you’ll
know exactly what you need as you start shopping for groceries. This is especially
beneficial for impulse buyers as it would help you avoid buying things that you don’t
need. Thus, your food won’t be spoiled and end up in the trash can.

Prepare your own food
Eating Better for LessInstead of buying pre-cut fruits and vegetables, try to spare a few minutes of your
time and prepare your own food. If you are on a budget, this will work for you. But if
you don’t have time to prepare your food during the week, consider setting aside a
few hours during the weekend to prepare a week’s worth of meals.

Avoid processed snacks
A can of soda and a bag of chips may be your best buddy during a late night movie.
However, a hard-boiled egg and a glass of water would be a better choice. Mind
you, processed foods are packed with simple carbohydrates that would drive your
energy levels down and leave you hungry for more.

Cut down on meat
Meat is considered as the most expensive part of the meal. One survey revealed
that you can actually save about $210 by buying tofu instead of grabbing a pound
of sirloin once a week for a year. You can save even more by buying beans.
If a meatless dish doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you might want to look for
recipes where meat takes a back seat and vegetables are the starring role.