Isn’t It Challenging To Eat A Balanced Vegan Diet?




I’ve heard this question so many times.  People tend to think that vegans eat the same foods day in and day out.  How boring is that?  Well, that is not the case at all! In fact, there are so many wonderful, fun, and delicious ways to eat a vegan diet full of variety.  And, it can be done very quickly, too.

That’s another fear I hear many people express.  They say … “But I can’t cook!”  So, they conclude that there’s no way they can eat a vegan diet and stay healthy.  While I can understand this fear, let me assure you – it is definitely easy to eat a healthy vegan diet without outstanding cooking skills.

In fact, I can attest to the fact that several people who  ‘had no cooking skills’ all of a sudden discovered that it is easy and fun to cook in a healthy vegan way!   It’s my personal opinion, but I honestly think that once someone explores into cooking food in a truly healthy way, it is irresistible.   I can certainly say that is the case for me.  I definitely was not a cook prior to discovering the joys of vegan cooking.  Now, I absolutely love cooking up healthy dishes and exploring new recipes.

So, the real challenge to eating a balanced vegan diet has much more to do with the quality of the food you eat, rather than the way the food is prepared.  Depending on where you live, you may have a large selection of vegetables to choose from, or you may be somewhat more limited.  If you have access to a Farmer’s Market, that is a great way to go.  Otherwise, you can rely on your local healthy grocery store.

I’d like to offer you a ‘rule of thumb’ to follow to ensure that  you get good variety every single day.  Since I used to be a teacher, and have found that people respond really well to analogies, I’d like to offer one for you now:

Get a picture in your mind of a plant.  Think about all of the different parts ….

  • The roots
  • The stem
  • The flower
  • The leaves
  • The seed
  • The fruit

Now, no matter what plant you chose, you likely were able to come up with pictures of each one of these parts, right?  Well, now here’s the clever little ‘strategy’ … make sure that in your daily food consumption, you get some food from each one of these parts.  It’s as simply as that!

So, to demonstrate what I mean, let me provide you some samples:

  • The roots – potatoes, carrots, radishes, onions
  • The stem – celery, leeks, rhubarb, asparagus
  • The flower – cauliflower, brussel sprouts, artichoke
  • The leaves – kale, collard, spinach, lettuce, cabbage
  • The seed – peas, lentils, beans,  flaxseed
  • The fruit – tomatoes, apples,  melons, pineapples, peaches…

See how simple that is!  It is a fun way to ensure that you eat a healthy vegan diet full of variety.  In fact, those of you who have kids can ask them to imagine what type of plant part a particular food is .. Have some fun with this!

If you enjoyed this, feel free to pass this along. I encourage this.  As always, I welcome comments and questions.  Here’s to your good health!

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