Why did you choose to go vegan? Was it because of your health, to lose weight, to make your skin, hair and nails beautiful, to have more energy, or perhaps to help reduce your allergies? For many people, their decision to become a vegan falls into one of the reasons above – to feel better and look better. Some who become vegan achieve all they desired from this healthy lifestyle – and more. On the other hand, others who go vegan still suffer from low energy, bad skin and have not lost their excess weight. What are these two types of vegans doing differently?
The Healthy Vegan
The healthy vegan is conscious of eating plenty of fresh food. Their diet will consist largely of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole-grains and legumes. They understand that preparing their own healthy vegan recipes beats buying quick and nasty vegan junk food any day. Even though there is a lot of pressure from the food companies to buy vegan packet food, they keep this indulgence to a minimal and only indulge in chips, vegan packet cookies, chocolate bars, pretzels and sweets on special occasions. The healthy vegan is aware of the consequences of eating these foods on a regular basis, and they want to ensure that their skin stays beautiful, their waistline stays small, and their energy levels remain high. At home, they have a collection of their favorite healthy vegan recipes, from which they derive great satisfaction from baking their own healthy home-made treats. Whether these vegan recipes are for brownies, carrot cake, chocolate cake or muffins – they know that the ingredients that they put in will be of the very best quality, and that they can monitor and reduce the amount of fat and calories that they put into these treats.
Often, when one is conscious of eating healthy they are likewise conscious of regular physical exercise. Most healthy persons on the vegan diet will engage in regular physical exercise to get their heart rate up and to keep their body in ship-shape condition. They know that getting their body moving regularly will help speed up weight loss and will keep their skin looking great.
The Unhealthy Vegan
The unhealthy vegan is often too lazy to make their own healthy vegan recipes on a regular basis. Many days they do not eat any fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, their diet consists largely of store-bought foods. They know all of the vegan packet foods and brands in the supermarket, and the bulk of their diet consists of pre-made packet, boxed and tinned food. Whether it be popcorn, packet chips, hot chips, bread, ‘health’ bars and ‘chocolate bars, soft drinks, juices that are high in sugar content, dips, crackers, sweet and salty nut mix – the unhealthy vegan will consume these foods daily, sometimes solely depending on them for their meals. They will also overeat quite often, unknowingly because the foods that they are eating have an addictive nature and they cannot stop eating until they’ve finished the whole packet.
Sometimes the unhealthy vegan knows that these foods are bad, but deceives themselves into thinking “I’m on the vegan diet – therefore I am eating healthy.” Because they are in denial, they wonder why they have acne, have not lost any weight, and are constantly feeling low in energy. Other times however, the unhealthy vegan simply does not know very much about healthy foods, and has not bothered to do research or accumulate any healthy vegan recipes.
Most times when a person eats poorly, they also lack in the physical exercise department. Because they are always feeling sick and low in energy, they rarely go for walks or get their heart rate up on the treadmill.
The Difference is Obvious
Think back of why you decided to go vegan. Have you deceived yourself into thinking that you can eat all the chips and vegan chocolate bars that you want – simply because they are vegan? Many fall into this trap. If you want to become healthy and lose some weight – you need to take action and endeavour to follow the traits of the healthy vegan. You will feel much better about yourself if you do. Make sure that you collect some healthy vegan recipes and make these regularly. Get yourself out of the habit of eating large amounts of vegan junk food. And remember to work your body up in a good sweat a few times a week, or at the very least, go for regular walks to begin with. Your health, happiness, skin and waistline will thank you in the long run!