Veganism has transcended all predictions and expectations of the global community. In the past few years, a lot has changed in the fashion, beauty, and consumables industries due to this greener, more humane movement. Consumers’ demands have evolved from the simple top quality at optimal prices to sustainable, cruelty-free, customized goods backed up by transparent, ethical business practices.
Moving documentaries like “What the Health?”, “Cowspiracy” and “Earthlings” have had a lasting impact on even the most pronounced meat-eaters. What was once mocked as a hippie tree-hugger bogus has now been backed up by numerous athletes, medical professionals, religious leaders, celebrities, politicians, and health advocates.
One of the main concerns with veganism stems from the misconception that choosing this lifestyle translates into a lack of some dietary essentials.
The risk of improper nutrition is real for the unprepared & misinformed newbie vegan. However, it could be all overturned by understanding the foods your body requires for optimal strength and undisturbed functioning.
What are Macros and Why Care?
If you are a computer geek, you may be confused about why we bring Visual Basic’s macros in veganism. In this post, we are referring to the macronutrients that shape your health!
Your body naturally requires larger amounts of the 3 main groups of macros: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are most frequently displayed as kcal. They are your system’s ultimate energy source, and you should not neglect them, vegan or not.
When in deficiency, you may experience fatigue, moodiness, lack of motivation, and in some extremities, depression.
The 3 Main Macros: Covered on a Vegan Diet.
Often, when one decides to transition to a vegan diet, lots of research and prepping occur. If you are in a pinch or prefer not to dig through tons of articles, here is the gist of the three main macros you need to hit:
Where do you get your protein from?
This is probably the single most dreaded question that every vegan has heard one too many times. While meat is undoubtedly a quick protein source, it is not the most sustainable or healthiest one.
Naturally, most foods contain a certain amount of protein. Before we dish you out the most protein-dense vegan foods, you should understand why this macro matters.
Protein is the macronutrient responsible for lean muscle growth and tissue sustenance & repair. Proteins are composed of essential and non-essential amino acids, with the first not being produced by your body. Hence, you are responsible for supplying it with them through nutritious meals.
If you have ever tasted a vegan dish, you may have noticed plenty of beans or soy-based ingredients in it. Alongside those, lentils, nuts, and seeds are other popular protein-rich alternatives. Supplement with your preferred leafy greens, broccoli, and cauliflower to increase the protein content in your next meal.
Fats are supposed to be bad for you, right?
Fat gets a bad rap because of the kinds of fat that come to your mind when you hear this word. Fat, though, should not be confused with grease!
The two harmful types of fats that you should keep out of your diet are trans fat and saturated fat. They increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other fatal diseases. Anything deep-fried, buttery, cheesy, or doughy could spike your cholesterol levels and result in unwanted heart conditions.
There is one type of fat, though, that you do not want to skimp on in your diet. Unsaturated fat is primarily found in nutritious foods that most vegans cherish. Think of avocados, olives, nuts & nut butter, seeds, and their oil-derivatives. These foods are not only delicious and packed full of healthy fats, but they also decrease your chance of developing heart disease.
Carbs will hinder your weight loss, won’t they?
While stuffing yourself up with carbohydrates may not be the healthiest choice, you need to remember that your body needs those, as they supply it with fuel (energy). Not all carbs stand equal, though.
Simple carbs are the inferior type. They are quick to digest and frequently found in agave, sugar, and fruit. If you need a sharp spur of energy, keep your favorite fruit around.
Complex carbs are where the truth lies. They will keep you full for longer. Starches (think potatoes & peas) and non-bleached grains (whole wheat bread & brown rice) contain plenty of those superior carbs along with a healthy dose of fiber.
P.S.: Let us know how you cover your main macros in the Comments section. We are always hungry for new veg ideas!