VEGAN DIET PLANS | COOKED VS RAW VEGAN MEALS
Wondering what is the healthiest vegan diet plan? …What are the most beneficial vegan food recipes and choices to include in your meal planning?
Whether you are thinking about becoming vegan or have been vegan for a while, you probably ask yourself this question every day.
This post will provide you with information that will enable you to choose or create the most beneficial vegan recipes to serve at the meal table for yourself and your family.
Here is what we will cover:
- Introduction: Why a Vegan Diet
- Do I Choose Cooked or Raw Vegan Diet
- Do I Prepare More Raw Vegan Recipes or Cooked
- Advantages of Eating Raw Vegan Meals
- Studies Show Cooked With Raw Vegan Meal Plans Best
- Conclusion: Going Vegan Requires You to Listen to Your Own Body
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WHY A VEGAN DIET
Many people adopt a vegan diet, hoping to improve their health and well-being. Some hope to heal various chronic diseases traditional medicine can’t cure. Others are simply concerned with adopting a healthy lifestyle that would enable them to live longer and to be healthier even in their elderly years. Although they all seem to have a similar approach to food and nutrition, there are in fact two main branches of veganism, one of them promoting raw food diets, and the second one being in favor of cooked foods.
Let’s examine which vegan meal plan is better?
DO I CHOOSE COOKED OR RAW VEGAN DIET
It is difficult to make a close comparison of cooked versus raw vegan diets, but we can take a closer look at their main advantages and drawbacks.
Once you understand the benefits of each of these two variants, you can go ahead and choose the one that seems to suit you best. Anyway, if you stick to your choice for about four to six weeks, you’ll probably be able to feel the difference. If you like how you feel, you can adopt this diet for the entire rest of your life. If it doesn’t make you feel better, you can give up and try something else, until you find your way. Human beings are unique, so you shouldn’t expect that things that are very good for others are going to be good for you, as well.
On this blog, I have featured some vegans who remained a raw vegan because their bodies said so and others who are no longer 100% raw because their bodies said so.
Raw “Cold Turkey” Ashley – lost weight – 252 lbs to 125 lbs in little less than a 1 year on raw food and going on strong – raw, radiant and now pregnant
RawBrahs and Denise Minger – no longer 100% raw listening to their bodies say no more
Don’t be afraid to experiment with cooked and raw vegan recipes for 30 – 90 days at a time to see how your body responds.
Your body will tell you are “absorbing” not simply just “eating” the required amount of vitamins and minerals that it needs.
So it’s your body that tells you if you hit on the best vegan diet plan for you NOT THIS POST (or any other blog post or piece of written information for that matter.)
Why do I make the distinction between “absorbing” not just “eating?”
…Because there is a better and best way to prepare your vegan recipes.
DO I PREPARE MORE RAW VEGAN RECIPES OR COOKED?
When question whether to prepare more raw vegan recipes or cooked, it’s worth mentioning that not all foods are edible without cooking. Most vegetables are perfect even when they aren’t cooked, but beans, for instance, shouldn’t be eaten raw. Toxicity can occur in the body when you do. This could send you to the hospital.
There are two reasons why it would be best to cook some vegan foods over others.
- Cooking releases the beneficial chemicals, vitamins or minerals contained in the food that your body needs and makes it available in the form your body can use.
- Cooking kills the toxic chemicals or bacteria in the food that your body does not need.
Here are a few vegan foods that are best to cook before eating for one of these reasons:
- Rhubarb leaf
- Sweet Potatoes
This is a really short list. This leaves so far many more vegan choices that are perfectly fine ingested raw.
However, here are some significant disadvantages to eating a raw vegan diet reported.
- Hard to digest the high-fiber diet for lack of sufficient gut enzymes
- Inadequate nutritional amounts of iron, protein, calcium, vitamins B12 and D3, selenium, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids given the restricted food choices
Vegans need to make sure they get all their essential nutrients from various foods, as well as include nutritional supplements, if they can’t find vegan solutions for all of them.
Some vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause severe health issues, so raw vegans have to be extremely careful in planning their meals. They need to make sure they get enough protein to secure the health of their muscles. There’s one good thing about a raw vegan diet. This is that it is very rich in natural fiber that makes for regular and healthy bowel movements which is essential for maintaining overall health.