There are important nutrition lessons to learn as a vegan and be a true shining example of health and happiness others will want to follow!
It’s the nature of our movement that we tend to focus on the positive. And why not?
It’s REALLY hard to contain all the excitement you feel — and if you’re doing it right, the energy you have — when you first start eating this way.
(And as an admitted personal development junkie, I’d sure rather be part of something where the tendency is to be positive than the opposite!)
But it’s also crucial that we’re able to be open and honest… and even if it’s not fun to talk about mistakes and pitfalls, to me it’s the single most important thing we can do to make this movement last.
Plant-based is more popular than ever, and I know a ton of people have committed to doing it 100% this year.
Which, if that’s you, I wholeheartedly high-five you for. I hope it works it out and that you do it forever and ever.
And that’s why I want to make absolutely sure you don’t make the mistake I did when I went vegan.
So what was my big mistake?
It’s that I waited too long to learn about supplementation.
Аnd, as a result, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did some long-term damage. (Minor, hopefully, since I figured things out before too long.)
Like a lot of new vegans, I was blown away by how good I felt at first — how my dancing was improving (and how I wasn’t getting injured), how much energy I had all day long, and even how positive my mindset and my moods were.
And that made it very easy to believe the claims like “you don’t need to worry about supplements if you’re eating whole foods,” “you can get your B12 from dirty produce,” and “it’ll take years before you develop a B12 deficiency anyway.”
(That last one might actually have some truth to it… it’s just that in my head that sounded a lot like “you’ll NEVER develop a B12 deficiency,” and it turned out it only took a year before I started getting weird, tingly symptoms and abdominal spasms.)
But it’s not just B12. There are a handful of other nutrients that a plant-based diet doesn’t provide in adequate amounts for most people.
Which ones, you ask?
Today I’ve got two links for you to check out. Neither one is a short read, but they’re as important as anything I’ll send all year, and to me, the very best way to begin getting a responsible handle on the vegan supplementation issue.
Together they cover six nutrients that are worth most vegans’ consideration. Note that I am NOT recommending all six nutrients for everyone; it’s a personal choice that depends partly on your diet, your genetic makeup, and even where you live. (For the record: B12, D, and DHA/EPA are the three I consider essential for most vegans; the others are subject to more debate.)
THE TRUTH ABOUT B-12! HOW ‘UNNATURAL’ IT IS TO BE VEGAN AND TAKE A SUPPLEMENT?
6 KEY SUPPLEMENTS YOU MAY ACTUALLY NEED ON A VEGAN DIET
Come on, isn’t your long-term health worth a few minutes of focus, to dig in and understand the important issues?
So please, give these a read — a skim, at the very least — and I’ll check in again to continue the conversation.
P.S. You might be guessing right that NO MATTER how well you supplement, a nutrient-full, whole-food plant-based diet is the MOST important part of the equation! Good news is that the recipes in The Complete Vegan Recipe Solution are ALL perfectly balanced, designed to provide you with most of the nutrients you need in order to boost your health, while maintaining optimal weight and feel fully satisfied, eating delicious food!