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Vegans abstain from all animal derived products, while vegetarians might eat some egg or dairy products. Like many vegans, I started out as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I began to eat less dairy as I didn’t like the extra mucus that it produced. I never cared for eggs very much, and mostly only ate them when they were part of a cake or muffin. I didn’t have a problem with the concept of “sharing” food with/from animals, as I also shared food with my companion animals. At that time, I was unaware of the terrible conditions that laying hens lived in factory farms … and those conditions are usually not much better in so called “free range” farms. I was also unaware of the similarly terrible conditions that dairy cows lived. Please see my PowerPoint presentation “Do You Love Animals?” at www.sharrylbryan.com. I will soon be turning it into a video and it you will be able to view it at www.youtube.com/carrotloves and on the carrotloves videos page. And, as if the cruel world of factory farms was not enough … ultimately all of these animals end up being slaughtered for human and or pet consumption long before their natural lives would end.

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Living on a vegan diet is actually quite simple. There is such a wide variety of delicious vegetable, fruit, legume, and grain choices. Despite omnivorous claims, plant foods actually contain plenty of protein. I think the hardest part for vegans is that we are surrounded by people and restaurants that base their food choices around dead animals.  However, as more people are exposed to our healthy, compassionate lifestyles, more dining options become available. Even if you love desserts that are made of dairy or egg products, they are easily replaced by soy, fruit, and vegetable substitutes. For example, cakes and muffins can be made without eggs and milk … those ingredients can be simply replaced with baking soda and vinegar, or apple sauce, or bananas, or soy!  And frozen soy ice creams such as Turtle Mountain’s “Soy Delicious” and “Purely Decadent” are great! Vegans my not get enough vitamin B12, or omega 3 fatty acids. This is easily remedied with plant based supplements.

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 Superfoods and Vitamins to Regenerate Body, Mind and Spirit

 

 

When the goal is rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit, the method ought be smaller, more frequent snacks and meals.  This will facilitate  energy levels on an even keel, and regulate your blood sugar levels to avoid spikes and dips. When you choose the correct combination of foods, your body gets the much-needed boost it needs to sustain itself properly, even through those slumps later in the day. So dump those high sugar junk foods and reach for the following foods and get that supercharge .

 

Any fresh fruit, particularly those with skins or seeds such as peaches, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries, is a great source of vitamins and fiber. In the summer you can choose a peach and get plenty of dietary fiber, niacin (vitamin B3), potassium, beta carotene and vitamin A, plus high amounts of vitamin C. Niacin is significant for supplying energy for cell tissue growth. Along with regulating fluid balance, potassium helps maintain the electrical stability of the cells of your heart and nervous system and is important for cell and muscle growth. Vitamin B12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, nerve function, and metabolizing protein and fat. If you are vegan, a B12 supplement is usually necessitated.

 

A dried apricots and almonds combination supplies a high amount of vitamin A, iron protein and dietary fiber. Apricots are also a great source of potassium. The vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy vision, bone growth, and reproduction, and helps fight infection.

 

Raisins are a healthy, low-fat, and low-sodium snack with significant amounts of potassium, phosphorus, copper, and iron.

 

Baby carrots and sesame sticks are a tasty treat that will provide significant amounts of beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper, and fiber. Beta carotene helps protect against diseases like heart disease and some cancers.  Vitamin A is important for healthy skin, for better night vision, and to fight infection and respiratory ailments. Folate, or vitamin B9, is essential to human life, helping to form red blood cells and break down proteins, and playing a key role in cell growth and division.

 

Peanut butter on some whole grain crackers is an excellent source of protein, iron, niacin, and fiber. Peanut butter on celery is a classic snack, has great staying power, and the celery is stuffed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and is high in fiber. 

 

 

 More on Vitamins

 

Vitamins (combination of two words: Vital Amines) are the complex organic substance essential in small quantities to the metabolism (nutrition) in most animals. These are found in minute quantities in food, in some cases are produced by the body, and are also produced synthetically. The human body needs them to work properly, so that we can grow and develop  as we should. Their deficiency results in many serious disorders.

 

Vitamins are divided into two major groups: the ‘fat-soluble vitamins’ designated as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K, and the ‘water-soluble vitamins’ which include vitamin C and the group of molecules referred to as the vitamin B complex.  Each of them has its own special role in the development of human body.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin, plays a large part in eyesight and helps us to see in dim light and at night. Vitamin A is also involved in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. Additionally, it is necessary for proper bone growth, tooth development, reproduction and for the development of epithelial cells (that line any opening to the body e.g.; nose, throat, lungs, mouth, stomach, intestines and urinary tract).

Vitamin A can be found in carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes,  broccoli, apricots, nectarines, cantaloupe, and orange or yellow vegetables or fruits. The deficiency of vitamin A can cause night blindness and drying of skin.

 

Vitamin B

Vitamin B itself is a complex of different vitamins like: B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid. These B vitamins are very important in metabolic activity and in facilitating the red blood cell (which carry oxygen throughout your body). They also help your body make protein and energy. The sources of vitamin B are leafy green vegetables  beans, peas, citrus fruits, whole grains (such as wheat and oats).  Some bacteria in our large intestine also prepare some type of B-vitamins. A deficiency of vitamin B can cause cracked lips, weak muscles, malformation of red blood cells, affects normal growth and disturbs the nervous system. Many vegans may not get enough B12 and a supplement is recommended.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble, antioxidant vitamin that is vital to the production of collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels. It is important for keeping body tissues, such as gums and muscles in good shape and it helps in quick healing of wounds. Additionally, it helps protect the fat-soluble vitamins A and E as well as fatty acids from oxidation. The vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits (like lemon & orange), cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and in other fresh fruits and vegetables. The deficiency of vitamin C affects the healthy skin; poor wound healing and can lead to a disease called “Scurvy” which causes bleeding in gums, easy bruising,  pain in the joints, muscle wasting, and many other problems.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that regulates the formation of bone and the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the intestine. It helps to control the movement of calcium between bone and blood, and vice versa. It is this vitamin you need for strong bones and teeth. In addition it helps your body absorb the amount of calcium it needs.  Vitamin D is often found in fish liver oil, egg yolks, milk and other products fortified with vitamin D. Check the labels, you can purchase a specifically veganically made Vitamin D supplement.  It is also produced in our body in the presence of ultra violet light and sunlight.

The deficiency of vitamin D can cause weak bones and bowed legs (in children), and muscle pains. It is now recognized that people should have double the current MDA of Vitamin D. Recent studies have shown that vitamin D may help protect against certain cancers.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, is essential for the inhibition of oxidation in body tissues, formation of red blood cells, and also prevents breakdown of body tissues. It maintains the body tissues and protects the lungs from becoming damaged by polluted air. This vitamin can be found in whole grains (such as wheat and oat), wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, nuts, bread, cereals and seeds. The deficiency of this vitamin can cause many diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

 

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