Guest Post by Andrea Estrada
A vegan diet is becoming more popular every year, so much so that vegan food delivery in Toronto is becoming a great deal more common than it used to be. Indeed, so many people have become vegan in the past decade that it has become a movement that is starting to take on a life of its own, something that is going to be very heartening for the various people out there that would want to live there life in a way that would prevent any serious suffering from occurring to the various animals that live in the world.
If you want to be able to follow a vegan diet, you might be worried that you are not going to get the kinds of nutrients that you might need in order to stay healthy. This mostly comes from the idea that there are not that many sources of nutrients, and that meat is necessary if you want to become fully fit. This seems logical at first. After all, meat is a source of protein, and indeed it is the most direct source of protein that might come to your mind initially.
You can get protein from a wide variety of sources, sources that are actually a lot better than the foods that you might be eating right now. If you are not a vegan at this point in time, chances are that you get your protein from sources like eggs and meat. While these sources of protein are more or less reasonable, many people prefer to obtain their daily source of protein from vegan sources.
Beans and lentils are excellent sources of protein, and many people assert that they are a lot healthier for you than meat and eggs. They don’t have as many saturated fats and are far lower in their calorie counts, thereby allowing you to get a much more concentrated dose of protein without any of the added junk that other sources of protein tend to have. Cooking methods for lentils and beans are also invariably healthier than those for meat. After all, you are never going to fry or even grill lentils or beans, you are going to boil them with other kinds of spices and veggies that will help you enjoy a far more healthful diet than would have been the case otherwise.
Another thing that people think that they are not going to be able to get enough of if they become a vegan is calcium. This also seems logical at first. We are told from a very young age that we need to drink milk so that we are able to get enough calcium in our bodies, and overall dairy products are widely considered to be the best sources of calcium that the market has to offer at this point in time.
A healthy dose of spinach can provide an adequate amount of calcium, and spare the misery for those who have lactose intolerance and other digestion related problems which may be exacerbated by milk and other dairy products.
You don’t have to look into veggies for your calcium either, even though they are excellent sources of that particular nutrient. If you love dairy, there are plenty of alternatives that you can look into such as almond milk and the like. Soy milk is also great, and there are yogurt and cheese options that are pretty delicious as well and will give you excellent calcium levels that will help your bones to truly become as strong as they can possibly be. All you need to do is open your mind to the many options that the world has to offer you and you will see the possibilities.