Your health is an investment, not an expense. I am the first person to put my hand up and support that eating a vegan/plant based diet is better for our health and wellbeing. With the associated benefits of weight control, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, I don’t see why you wouldn’t eat this way.
HOWEVER, this is only the case if you’re eating correctly, ensuring you have a diet rich in macronutrients as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals.
With all diets, there is a risk of deficiencies, particularly with a vegan/plant based diet. It is not as simple as just cutting out meat and dairy and only eating pasta. Trust me, I know. When I was in pre-school I told my parents never to feed me anything with a face. Essentially I have been leading a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle my whole life. With this, I have had iron and B12 deficiencies. It hasn’t been until the past few years I have realised the importance of eating a balanced, variety filled diet. Now, I need little to no supplementation. Here are some key tips if you’re new to the plant based living:
Regular blood tests. Listen to your body and learn about it
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables of all colours
Leafy greens are high in calcium and iron
Adequate protein sources such as tofu, tempeh, legumes
FORTIFIED products are great, different brands of soy milk, vegan sausages/patties etc. have added B12/iron. Dried fruit is high in iron (but also calories and carbs so don’t go too crazy)
Plenty of nuts and seeds, particularly walnuts and linseeds to get those Omega-3s