CategoryDiet

Dairy Withdrawal: Symptoms From Dairy Detox

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Dairy withdrawal (or “detox”) is what happens when you stop consuming dairy. Withdrawal may or may not cause symptoms depending on the individual. Typical symptoms are relatively minor, and usually subside in about a week. Just like meat withdrawal, dairy withdrawal is common in many new vegans. So even though it’s not a medically documented condition, there’s probably some truth...

Will a Vegan Diet Help Fatty Liver Disease?

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When most people think of a healthy diet, a vegan diet is usually near the top of the list. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll have some vegans who claim it can cure anything from cancer to heart disease. And while I’m a huge supporter of being vegan, it’s important to understand it’s not a magical diet that will make all your issues disappear. So let’s go over a few relevant...

Cronometer vs MyFitnessPal: Which is the Best Food Tracker?

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When I first went vegan I wanted to track my food intake to see if my new diet would result in any deficiencies and health problems. This is a smart thing (in my mind) to do for any new diet, whether it’s going vegan, or other uncommon diets like keto (side note: here’s a list of the best vegan foods for keto). Two of the most popular options are Cronometer and MyFitnessPal. Both have a...

The Best Vegan Sources of Antioxidants (List With Values)

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Refresher: Antioxidants essentially cancel out free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to aging Studies have shown that antioxidant supplements have no positive effect on disease (some have a negative effect). So get antioxidants from foods. Your RDA depends on your caloric intake. For a 2,000 calorie diet, it’s around 10 mmols per day, keep that in mind as you read on. Get...

Is TVP Good (Healthy) or Bad For You?

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TVP (Textured vegetable protein), similar to soy curls, seems like a great food for vegans (or anyone really) at first. But is it good or healthy for you? Let’s go over the main ways that TVP may or may not be good for you. TVP Nutrition Nutrition is the starting point for whether a food is healthy or not. Lots of vitamins and minerals? Probably healthy. Ton of sugar or trans fat...

Does Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) Cause Gas?

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TVP is amazing for vegan athletes. Tons of protein with relatively few overall calories make it one of the best vegan protein sources. Side note: It’s what they make soy curls out of. Unfortunately, I’ve read that many people have issues with TVP and gas. That doesn’t mean that TVP is unhealthy, but it’s inconvenient. There are 4 potential solutions to this problem that I’ll walk you...

Vegan Food Tracker App Comparison (Cronometer, MFP, LS)

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New vegans more than anyone should track the nutrition of their diet to avoid any possible vegan health problems. When you switch over to a diet that’s radically different from your standard diet (keto, vegan, etc.), it’s always a good idea to track your diet and see if you’re missing anything. It’s also a good idea if you’re trying to lose or gain weight. When looking for a vegan food tracking...

Cronometer Review: Ease of Use and Accuracy

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For diets that aren’t too popular (keto, vegan, etc.), it’s always a good idea to track your nutrient intake to make sure you’re not missing anything important, which could lead to health problems. Cronometer is one of the most popular food tracking apps. It also has fitness tracking built in if you’re trying to lose or gain weight. It’s available both on desktop and mobile. I first heard about...

Meat Withdrawal: Symptoms & Side Effects of Not Eating Meat

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Meat withdrawal is what can happen when you stop eating meat. Withdrawal from meat can cause negative side effects like headaches and sleeping problems, although it varies from person to person. When you’ve depended on something for most (if not all) of your life, and suddenly take it away, there are going to be consequences. In the case of meat withdrawal, there are both potential benefits...

The 50 Best High Lysine Low Arginine Vegan Foods

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There’s a lot of research showing that a high lysine and low arginine diet is effective at preventing herpes symptoms like cold sores from appearing. Dairy is great for this, but obviously not an option on a vegan diet. Two things matter. First, the amount of lysine. You want to aim for at least 1.5-3 grams of lysine per day. Secondly, you want a reasonably low amount of arginine...