Many people may not realise the difference between being a vegetarian and a vegan and that’s okay. We’re all here to learn!
A vegan diet consists of four main food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts.
In essence, being a vegan means eating no foods that are derived from animals, along with the products of an animal. So this means no dairy, honey or eggs.
Does this mean you’ll be missing out on essential nutrients? No, because believe or not, the animals people eat get it from the same sources vegans do!
Fact: For every 100 calories given to an animal, we only get 12 back by eating either their meat or produce.
Key nutrients to keep an eye on.
Calcium: This can be found in soybean products, chia seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, pulses, leafy greens and even peas.
Fact: 25g chia seeds has 157mg calcium. This is more than you’d find in 100ml milk.
Iron: This can be found in legumes, tofu, spinach and other leafy greens, such as broccoli and cabbage.
Fact: 100g spinach has more iron than the same amount of red meat.
Vitamin B12: This is most easily consumed through fortified products such as soya & almond milk, yeast products such as Marmite and also supplements.
Fact: Meat producing animals are actually given vitamin B12 as a supplement via injection or in their own food, this is for the vitamin to be passed on via meat consumption in humans. It’s a deficiency for all animals, not only humans.
Read more on this here: B12 – Why it’s not just a vegan issue.
It’s easy to be vegan.
In the fast paced world we live in now, it’s so easy to be vegan and I find it’s actually cheaper. Buying a tin of beans for 30p is much more cost effective than a piece of meat which can sometimes cost a few quid!
There’s plenty of apps, cookbooks and even convenience foods which make producing or eating vegan food so simple.
My personal favourites are;
Keep it Vegan
I’d love to know about any books, apps or even other tips any of you vegans out there have for those who’re looking into this. So be sure to pop your suggestions in the comments below.
Also don’t forget I’m posting a new illustration, inspiration and fact on my Instagram everyday for Veganuary – so I’d love to see you there!
Love, always – B
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6 thoughts on “Veganuary: What is a Vegan Diet?”
Hi. I am vegan and I am enjoying your posts. Yes I am following you. I have a question for you. I am in the USA and our currency is different. What is the equivalent of pence and quid in our system. Thanks. Keep informing us.
Thanks for reading my posts.
Black Soil Living
Hey! I’m so glad you’re loving the posts 😊 so a pence is like a cent and a quid is like a dollar – I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by! X
Thanks. It helps.
Yes it does
My husband and I are doing Veganuary and are both surprised at how simple and enjoyable it’s been.
I think people get it so much in their heads that meat has to be part of a meal that they don’t realise how easy it is to make meals with other sources of protein, carbs etc.
Glad you and your husband have been enjoying it and thanks for stopping by x