How to Get that Healthy Vegan Glow Without Going Full Vegan?

Written by Rouba Haddad
You don't need to go full vegan to get the vegan benefits. Rouba Haddad shares the secret of how to get a vegan glow without adopting veganism.
Vegan Glow

Have you ever met someone who was straight up glowing from the inside out?

Then you find out they’re vegan and you’re like, “Ah, that’s it.”

And go right back to your chicken parm? Yum.

It seems like everywhere you turn, people are talking about how healthy a vegan or vegetarian diet is. And they’re not wrong. You can be amazingly healthy on these diets. But, if you just love a good steak or cheesy nachos, there’s another option that’s still crazy healthy and may be easier to stomach (ha!).

But first, let’s acknowledge that there are many reasons for going vegan or vegetarian – ethics, environment, religion, culture, etc.

For this post, I’ll only be talking about the health reasons.

So let’s dive in by defining the 3 main “meat avoidance” diets:

  • Vegetarian – No meat, fish or seafood.
  • Vegan – No animal products of any kind, including dairy and honey.
  • Plant-Based – Small amounts of meat, fish, seafood and/or dairy, with a focus on whole (i.e. unprocessed) plant-based foods

Can you guess which one I’m a fan of?

Guess

Yeah, it’s that third one. Why? Because it’s all about adding in lots of amazing, body-nourishing foods.

Yes, you can be super healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet. But, let’s face it. Vegan candy exists. Chips are vegan. Vegan “chicken” nuggets are a thing and you can even get vegan chocolate ice cream.

You could eat nothing but french fries and still be vegan. You’d get scurvy. And rickets. And generally feel terrible (definitely not glowing). But you’d still be vegan!
Ok, so let’s say you live entirely on brown rice and raw veggies.

Good?

NO! Ugh. Definitely not.

First, you won’t be getting any enjoyment out of your food and food should be delicious.

Second, you’d be missing out on so many essential nutrients like healthy fats[1].

Third, the lack of flavor and essential nutrients would leave you constantly teetering on the edge of the binge to end all binges. Not good.

This is why the whole foods plant-based diet is a big winner for me, healthwise.

The whole focus of this diet is about adding in lots of wonderful, delicious whole foods prepared in amazingly satisfying ways.

Think yummy guacamole[2], comforting lentil soup, spicy chana masala, vibrant buddha bowls, fragrant stir frys and even warm apple cinnamon bread[3].

You can make this diet totally vegetarian or vegan if you want, or choose to add in small amounts of animal products. Maybe a bit of chicken in that lentil soup, a sprinkling of cheese on your salad, or a batch of frozen yogurt bark[4].

frozen yogurt bark

You can even treat yourself to the (very) occasional side of fries or cheesy nachos. But, the main focus of this diet is on adding in lots of whole, unprocessed, plant-based foods that nourish and fuel your body.

There are many incredible health benefits to focusing your eating around whole, plant-based foods:

Most importantly, this diet nourishes your body with the food it needs to thrive. It can mean the difference between just getting through the day and getting through the day truly feeling good inside your body.

Any new way of eating will always take getting used to and take time to show results. But, the great thing about a plant-based diet is that you can gradually work in new habits, recipes and snack choices.

Habits

You may also start to feel results within just a few days. Not so much in your weight or the way your body looks, but in how your body feels. When your body feels good, energized and fueled up, it fuels you up to keep going.

And feeling good is probably the best motivation there is. It may even be where that “vegan glow” comes from.

Thinking Of Trying a Plant-Based Diet?

Meal planning is a great way to get the ball rolling on any change in eating habits. Here are a few of my favourite meal planning tips[5].

And don’t worry, you can still plan in the occasional chicken parm or tacos al pastor. Just pair them with lots of yummy veggies too 😉

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Contributor : Rouba Haddad (Consumer Health Digest)

This Article Has Been Published on October 3, 2018 and Last Modified on October 18, 2018

Rouba Haddad is a registered dietitian-nutritionist with bachelor's and master's degrees in Dietetics and Human Nutrition from McGill University. With over 8 years experience in the field, she has gained critical knowledge and understanding of the health potential of food and its impact on well being.Today, she uses her education and experience to help people establish healthy habits that work for them, and to guide them, every step of the way, towards reaching their wellness goals, and building healthy lifestyles that help them truly feel good about themselves and their bodies. You can reach her at www.roubahaddad-rd.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

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