Are you a vegan? Want to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle? Do not miss to read this article.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti
What a brilliant thought!
Yet how often do we pay attention to what we actually eat?
When we think about food and nutrition in general, the thoughts that come to our mind as vegans are carbohydrates, proteins, fats. This is common knowledge known to most educated people.
As Indians, our general upbringing is to consume a portion of rice / roti, some lentils in the form of dal / sambar and a side dish / curry which is usually a salad / vegetable.
We rarely talk about including fruits/nuts and seeds as a part of our daily diet.
While the above foods do take care of most of our major nutritional requirements – a lot of times we end up with vitamin and mineral deficiencies. As a result, we end up taking supplements.
In today’s day and age, with a high amount of processing, the nutritional value of foods has reduced significantly and while we do get high energy / high protein / high fat foods, the holistic nutritional aspects are further neglected.
I am often asked by people, as a vegan where do I get my nutrition from? Don’t I get bored eating the same stuff every day?
As a health and fitness enthusiast, I follow a Whole Foods Plant-based diet (WFPB). It is therefore essential that I have foods from all the food groups – cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and Water. The variety I get to enjoy is phenomenal.
Irrespective of your vocation / lifestyle, from my personal experience, I think it is imperative to eat foods from the below food groups on a regular basis –
Whole grains in the form of brown rice / red rice / millets like ragi, jowar, bajra; rotis made from whole wheat unrefined flour, cracked wheat (daliya), oats etc
Pulses and legumes –
Whole green gram / black gram / red gram / sprouts like chick peas / cow peas etc and legumes like green peas / beans etc
Leafy greens –
Spinach, amaranth, fenugreek (methi), mint (pudina), coriander, cabbage etc
Capsicum, pumpkin, onions, colocasia, green banana, sweet potato,
Banana, apple, orange, pear, pomegranate, papaya, tomato etc
Water is an essential part of nutrition. While water by itself does not provide any nutritional benefit directly, it is critical for most metabolic processes in the body.
I also believe that nature intended us to eat what is relevant for the particular climate in the particular region. Therefore, try and eat foods that are local and seasonal.
With a little thought being put as to what goes into our body, we can ensure that we lead a healthy and satiating life on a daily basis.
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison
Let us strive to be preventive in our approach to health.