There are so many different types of diet's out there that it can be difficult to know what each one entails. A popular lifestyle choice is Veganism, and much like vegetarianism, it is a diet/life choice that many people choose for health reasons or ethical reasons relating to animals and their treatment.


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What is Veganism?

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The central part of Veganism is the diet. Whether you are a vegan to prevent animal cruelty or for health reasons, vegans avoid all animal-related products, including meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. Those following the lifestyle for ethical reasons will also often avoid using or wearing products such as leather and fur. But, again, if it comes from an animal, it needs to be avoided.

It is essential when choosing this diet to make sure that you make up for the lost nutrients that they would get from meat and animal products. This can be done through research into foods and what they contain or supplements. This is important as many people just cut foods out and end up deficient in vital nutrients as they haven't replaced them in their diets.

A vegan diet has many benefits. It can be healthier when done right, and it can really help people who struggle with health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. A vegan diet can also have massive benefits to the environment. The fewer animal-related products we consume, the less damage is done to the environment through the production of meats, dairy and animal products.

Foods To Avoid

There are many foods to avoid on a vegan diet. To be vegan, you must cut all of these products out of your diet:

  • Beef, pork, lamb, and other red meat
  • Chicken, duck, and other poultry
  • Fish or shellfish
  • Eggs, cheese & butter
  • Any dairy product like milk, cream, ice cream
  • Mayonnaise (because it includes egg yolks)
  • Honey

Foods To Include

That doesn't mean you can't eat anything, though. There are loads of foods out there for you:

  • Vegetables
  • Breads and Pasta (some contain animal products)
  • Fruits and berries
  • Rice, wheat, and other grains
  • Beans, tofu, and tempeh
  • Vegan milks like soy, almond, pea, nut, hemp, etc.
  • Nuts

It is also important, regardless of why you choose a vegan diet, to fit your exercise in daily. There are lots of myths around whether or not you can exercise on a vegan diet, but it's as important no matter what diet you are following.

Swapping to a vegan diet can be a really good choice for some people, so why not give it a go. It could benefit you and the world around you. And if it doesn't suit you, there are many more diets out there that have similar benefits that you might prefer.


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If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.