When people transition to a vegan diet, they tend to worry they won’t be getting all the right vitamins and nutrients. It’s a legitimate fear, and I’ll get into the specifics in later posts, but one thing veganism does is TOTALLY mess up the Food Pyramid we all know (and love?)
Well, the Food Pyramid is not all-mighty. The members of the USDA, the organization that determines food guidelines for our country, all have close ties with the meat, dairy, and processed foods industries. It’s pretty scary. For more information on this, I recommend watching Forks Over Knives! (It’s free on Netflix). I recommend that to anyone who is even remotely interested in health.
So one of the first things I wanted to find when I started eating vegan was a new food “pyramid” to structure my days around. There are quite a few out there, but this one seems to be pretty middle-of-the-road:
The best way to approach any diet is with PLANNING. This is a great way to help you plan your meals. But realistically, how often do you think about the Food Pyramid throughout your week? I know I never really did. You just eat what you feel you should, and once you get a feel for it, you’ll be able to whip up fun, easy meals without fear of eating too many grains, too few vegetables, etc.
Questions, comments, concerns? Seriously, I’m so willing to talk to anyone about this. Food is a major part of life. It’s quite an experience to change the way you think about it. Tell me about it!