Health enthusiasts and fitness buffs are known to radically change their lifestyles in the name of overall health. After all, one doesn’t simply make exercise and workouts a keystone of their routine without making some dramatic shift in their life. Though it may sound counter intuitive, one of these diets that many from the health set have switched to is based solely on plants. The common misunderstanding is that you need protein for all the energy you’ll burn while working out and that you’ll never find all that protein by snacking on a stalk of kale. As it turns out, there’s plenty of protein to be had in a plant-based diet, as well as other essential vitamins and nutrients. There’s also the added bonus of lower cholesterol, increased heart health, and better circulation.
Going vegan can be easy. According to experts who have taken the plunge, the key to going vegan is being prepared. Here are some other tips to keep in mind when trying a plant-based diet and workout regimen:
- Where Do You Get Your Protein?
You'll be amazed by how many people in the world are concerned about a vegan's protein intake. There are plenty of vegetables which pack a protein punch, including the obvious beans, lentils and legumes. Whole grains like quinoa and meat replacements such as seitan, tofu and tempeh are also good sources of protein. Try a quinoa bowl with black beans and salsa for a quick protein boost a few hours before your run or workout routine.
The importance of breakfast has been trumpeted by health experts and professionals for many years. In many ways breakfast is the meal where veganism shines. Fruit is often served first thing in the morning, making choosing a healthy breakfast incredibly easy. You can also try some oatmeal sweetened with dates or agave nectar or a green smoothie packed with as many green fruits and vegetables as you can find. Eating breakfast has been found to both kick start your metabolism and give you the energy you need to get through the day.
If you’ve decided to kick dairy, eggs and meat to the curb, you may as well get the full benefit of going veggie. While there’s nothing completely wrong with eating white foods like bananas, cauliflower and potatoes, eating colors gives you more nutritional bang for your buck. Fruits and vegetables, especially those with the darkest colors, are packed with phytonutrients which act as antioxidants. They also provide a wealth of important vitamins and nutrients which, when paired with running or any other fitness routine, will set you on the path to overall health.
If you decide to go vegan, you will certainly be met with some questions and even some light ridicule from your friends. If you keep at it for a few weeks, you’ll likely find what many others before you have: a vegan diet can leave you feeling healthy, youthful and clean.
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