Finding the right nutrition plan while maintaining an active lifestyle can be tricky. There are many different options and opinions out there that can be persuasive, and even make us feel a little guilty about the lifestyle we are currently leading.
A lifestyle that I have always been curious about is the vegan lifestyle; how do they get the nutrients they need without getting bored? What do they actually eat? The stereotype is plants, plants, plants, but is that accurate?
Those who live a vegan life avoid foods and materials that involve animal byproducts. This means no milk, eggs, wool, honey, gelatin, or leather (to name a few). The goal of many vegans is to avoid animal mistreatment, and reduce their environmental footprint. Many also believe that is offers various health benefits.
So how can we ensure that we ensure nutrition for vegan athletes and see that they receive all the necessary nutrients while living an active lifestyle? It doesn’t seem that difficult, as many vegan food products are now available that fit vegan requirements. To those just beginning to make the change to veganism, however, it could be a challenge to find foods that fit your already-established tastes.
One of the main concerns about switching to a vegan diet, is not getting enough protein to balance out your level of activity. What many do not realize, is that great sources of protein can be found in plant-based foods, as outlined in the list below:
Calcium is the second main worry that many new vegans worry about. It is essential in maintaining healthy bones so that your body can hold up to activity. Plant-based foods that include decent amounts of calcium include:
Other nutrients that need to be kept in mind for vegans include vitamin B-12, iron, and iodine. It is recommended that vegans take B-12 supplements to ensure that they receive nutrients to support the brain and nervous system. Sea salts and sea plants, as well as beans a legumes include iron and iodine, which help support the thyroid, and healthy blood cells.
If you are looking to go vegan, load up! Make sure you are taking advantage of these awesome nutrient-dense foods that provide so many good things for our bodies!