Vegan Cooking and Starting a Vegan Lifestyle

Many people, both health experts and non-experts alike, believe a vegetarian or vegan diet contributes significantly to our well being. It is a known armor against unhealthy levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and cholesterol. But what if you’re a committed carnivore by virtue of not knowing how to cook? Seems like most take out items include meat, right? If you find yourself in this position, those days may be coming to an end. It is, in fact, easy to practice the vegan lifestyle. The first thing you have to do, though, is commit yourself to practicing healthy vegan cooking.

If you think a vegan diet will make you weaker, the truth is that short-term weakness is usually associated with withdrawal from meat. All the organic nutrients that our bodies deem important are found in plants, including vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. Meat does contain these same nutrients, but when these nutrients are taken in by animals the nutrients we get are already “second-hand”; hence, it is not the best form. Also, a vegan diet contains a very small cholesterol count and rock-bottom levels of saturated fat.

If you want to try out basic vegan cooking, start by purchasing organic vegetables, nuts, fruits, and whole grains. You can whip out a lot of dishes from that basic set of ingredients alone. Additionally, you’ll meet the body’s recommended daily allowance of nutrition. One of the secrets of authentic vegan cooking is not to use refined sugar and other forms of unhealthy, processed oil. Leafy vegetables always lead the show, and then you can bring your calories into the equation with necessary grains like rice.

With a vegan diet and vegan cooking, you can often eat/cook as much as you want. Food servings need not be measured because our bodies have natural scales for “overeating.” If your stomach has reached its maximum capacity to hold food, it will tell you so. Further, we can only eat when we have enough energy to keep our metabolism running. Lastly, your body is a venue for a lot of biochemical processes that can measure just the amount of nutrients it needs.

You can experiment and spend a lot of time with vegan cooking. You don’t need to renovate your kitchen for this lifestyle change. Just keep everything clean and arranged since you will need everything in order when you try out those new recipes and start a whole new a vegan.

By Laura