- Eat the rainbow. I know that sounds silly, but an easy way to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet is to make sure that you are eating a colorful diet. No, I don't mean Skittles. Eating the rainbow ensures that you're eating a large variety of fruits and veggies. If you notice that your meals over the last few days have been predominantly green and red, throw in some squash or blueberries to mix it up.
- Eat soy in moderation. There are vegan substitutes for most animal foods and the majority of them are soy-based. It's really easy for us to base our diets around pseudo meat and dairy, but the health benefits of soy are lost in over-consumption. Eating too much soy can lead to health problems.
- Grow the rainbow. Working in the garden leads to added exercise and free vitamin D. Spending time cultivating fruits and vegetables also helps you to be aware of the seasonality of food and proud of your job well done. Veggies from your garden taste better than they do from the store. This also allows you to grow the variety of food you need for your vegan diet.
- Eat more raw food. Fruits and veggies lose some of their nutrients when cooked. The only way to keep these valuable nutrients in is to eat them raw. The Big Raw Vegan Blog has tons of recipes and tips for eating more raw food.
- Vegan doesn't mean healthy. With the fact that Oreo's and Skittles don't contain animal products (except for sugar, maybe) is making its way on to vegan message boards all over the web, the options for us to eat more junk food are becoming well known. This is great for animals, but crappy for us (who want to stay healthy). Everything is good in moderation, but keep in mind that just because you could, doesn't mean you should. Bake some cookies or eat a banana instead.
This is obviously not an all-encompassing list, but the things that I do. What are your easy tips for a healthy vegan lifestyle?
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