Nutrition and image consultant Aileen Lane gives us the low down on living as a vegan.
What does a vegan diet look like?
A vegan diet consists mainly of fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts & seeds. Meat, fish and all dairy products are not on the menu. A vegan diet can be delicious and varied but it does require some effort to replace mainstream foods like milk, eggs and meat.
What can be eaten and what is banned?
Vegans can eat all fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
All meat, fish and dairy products including eggs are banned.
Why do it?
A vegan diet is typically very high in fibre, low in saturated and trans fats and often times lower in calories. The diet consists mainly of whole foods so there are very little additives, preservatives and hormones.
What are the health benefits?
People who follow a vegan diet are less likely to suffer from degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancers. Followers are also less likely to suffer from allergies and bloating, and people report that they feel lighter and more energetic.
What does your typical eating day look like?
Breakfast: Oats made with almond milk sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and chopped apricots, and a little agave nectar to sweeten.
Morning Snack: Apple with five or six raw almonds
Lunch: Avocado and roasted vegetables with hummus on rye mountain wrap. Pumpkin soup
Afternoon Snack: Oat cake with chocolate spread (made from avocado, cocoa, agave nectar and figs)
Dinner: Brown rice vegetable Jambalaya followed by fresh fruit with lime dressing
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