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THE BALANCED VEGAN

Well, after being a successful vegan for the past 7 years I have gained a wealth of knowledge through life experience and would love to share the do’s and don’ts of this awesome lifestyle.

My change in diet was for health reasons and not so much ethical reasons although there are plenty of issues related to the abuse and mistreatment of animals but I am not going to touch on that in this blog. I don’t like the word diet because with any change in what you eat changes your lifestyle. So let’s call the vegan diet a vegan lifestyle. It all starts with key principals like clean water, fresh food, and exercise. These principals are essential to any diet but more so in the vegans world. Let me explain in part 1 of my 2 part blog on the way I went from a 115lb raw food vegan to 150lb vegan who looks healthy and eats plenty.

Clean Water

  • Water is the lifeblood of your body it flows to transport nutrients and regulate your PH balance. I invested in early in my health journey to purchase PH balanced high quality water. Water that has a PH between 7.0 and 8.0 is PH balanced. The PH is labeled on the water and I do not recommend distilled water or RO water by themselves.
  • If you purchase distilled or RO water be sure to add a water alkalizer like mega mag from trace minerals research or alkalife water PH balancer. These supplements will raise the PH of your water and make it easier for your body to absorb.
  • For storing water you purchase ensure that it’s in glass bottles in a cool dark environment. Water is sensitive to light and will absorb BPA an estrogen toxic substance used in the plastic bottle making industry. Look for BPA free bottles but I personally like to stick to glass. My favorite quote is “Natures solution to pollution is dilution”.
  • Drinking plenty of water daily throughout the day is key to detoxifying and nourishing the body on a daily basis.

Clean Food

  • Eating clean raw fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds and grains should be the basis of your vegan diet.
  • I always recommend to eat locally and purchase your food at a farmers market. If you can’t find a farmers market in your area then try and always get organic produce from the grocery store.
  • You can also look in your local area to see if CSA’s or Community Supported Agriculture are available. CSA is a buy in program were you receive a share of local farmers produce and a lot of times this is a much cheaper way to get a variety of fruits and vegetables seasonally.

In my part 2 of this blog we will get into the proper supplementation, exercise and recipes. Clean water and clean food is a key part to everyone’s diet even if you don’t adopt veganism consider adding in more of the good stuff and the bad will began to get crowded out.

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