Going vegan is a great opportunity to learn more about nutrition and cooking, and improve your diet.
Getting your nutrients from plant foods allows more room in your diet for health-promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables, which are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and mineral
This is a non-violent, compassionate and ethical lifestyle. This is where veganism really aligns with a yoga practice, as a vegan diet causes the least amount of harm to all beings, the planet and ourselves.
Whether you’re experienced in yoga or just starting out, integrating the practice of ahimsa in everyday life can lead to wonderful strides. Ahimsa is one of the five yamas, which are the ethical, moral and societal guidelines for yogis. Ahimsa can be distilled into a practice of non-violence in all aspects of life, from the physical to the mental and emotional.
Non-violence is defined by honest compassion and true love. You can achieve this by embracing love: learn to love deeply, and also to be loved. However, this is impossible to do if you choose to ignore or escape from certain traits held in yourself
Having a kitchen full of versatile and tasty ingredients is your first step to creating fantastic vegan food. Here’s our list of all the essentials you will need!
Vegan Food The Power of Plants
Whether you are a committed vegan, trying plant-based food for the first time, or simply just want to try a meal a week without meat, you’ll discover a whole world of quick eats, weeknight suppers, showstopping feasts, and incredible sweet treats – all using the power of plants.
From a hearty, classic lasagne to an indulgent mini banoffee meringue, and from quick quesadillas to an incredible curry house jalfrezi, these are simple, savvy recipes that you’ll turn to time and again.
Vegan For your health
Well-planned diets follow healthy eating guidelines, and contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. Both the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognize that they are suitable for every age and stage of life. Some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
When planning your vegan meals, include green leafy veg (kale, spinach, spring greens, watercress, rocket, pak choi) in them each day.
Choose plant milk, cereal, spread and soya yoghurt that are fortified with vitamin B12, calcium and, where possible, vitamin D (making sure the latter is not animal-based).
Calcium-fortified bread such as two slices of Burgen’s Soya and Linseed provides a significant amount of an adult’s daily calcium needs (35%), as does fortified plant milk (34%) and 100g of calcium-set tofu (50%).
Eat at least one serving of linseed (flaxseed), walnuts or chia seeds every day to keep omega-3 fat high.
One way to do this is to add them to a daily green smoothie made with fortified plant milk. This will also increase your intake of 5-a-day fruit and vegetables.
.All serving sizes should be appropriate to your size, weight, age and the amount of exercise you do: only you will know whether you need a half can of beans or a full can!
The yoga practice of non-violence can easily move into all aspects of your life. Yoga creates a peaceful reconciliation with your true nature. Non-violence comes from love of the true self, from true self-acceptance. This ahimsa comes from deep in the heart.