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Will a vegan diet make me healthy?

by Okanagan Nutrition

It wasn’t too long ago that the eating a vegan diet was motivated primarily by animal rights and environmental movements. Today, in addition to these things, vegan eating has been catapulted into the healthy eating spotlight and dubbed by many to be a one way ticket to a clean bill of health. Assuming that adopting a vegan diet will make you healthier is sometimes referred to as the vegan “health halo” effect.

All of a sudden anything and everything labeled as “vegan” is assumed to be healthier for us, and trust me, food marketers have taken full advantage of this when labelling their processed products.

The same “health halo” effect took hold over the gluten-free movement a few short years ago and since then, a lot of dietitians time and energy has been devoted to debunking that assumption.

PSA! You can eat a vegan diet and still be in poor health, just like you can eat lots of plant-based foods AND animal foods and be in good health.

If you transition from a processed diet that includes animal products to a plant-based diet primarily built around highly processed meat and dairy alternatives for example, you aren’t likely going to see the same benefits of just incorporating more whole, minimally processed foods!

Veganism is not a diet, it is a lifestyle primarily rooted in wanting to end animal suffering and create a healthier planet.

What following a vegan diet should not be promoted for, is a means of further restriction to achieve a societal norm (body shape, size).

Bottom line

If you want to follow a 100% plant-based diet or are thinking about transitioning to a one, I want to provide the tools and knowledge to help you do so while ensuring balanced nutrition.

If you simply want to begin to enjoy the benefits of eating more plant-based foods (fruit, veg, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu), without having to cut out all meat, dairy and eggs — I’m here to support that too!

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