Not so long ago, veganism was considered an out-there dietary choice. Even as vegetarianism became more mainstream, veganism was still considered somewhat extreme – and still is when eating out.

But lately, veganism has been coming into its own. As more people cut out meat for reasons of health rather than conscience, and we grow more aware of people with food intolerances and allergies, veganism has gained more ground. Our nutritional therapist, Julie Deeks, looks at the benefits of becoming a part-time vegan.
It is a lifestyle choice that needs more thought than others as you have to ensure you get enough protein and – if you are being particularly strict – you have to really read ingredients to know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
But the benefits are multitude:
  • By removing animal products, you are by default increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables
  • A more plant-based diet has great health benefits
  • You can reduce your calorie intake – but make no mistake, it’s easy to find naughty vegan treats, so this is by no means a given! There are healthy and unhealthy vegans.
For some people the choice to go vegan full-time isn’t realistic. Perhaps you just don’t have the time, don’t want to limit yourself when eating out or you also cook for your family who aren’t interested. This doesn’t mean you can’t make positive vegan changes.
Paul McCartney and his family champion Meat Free Mondays – it’s easy to pick one or two days a week where you eat vegan. Would you find eating vegan once or twice a day, or once or twice a week a good compromise ? Decide on one or two meals a day that will be vegan to give you a vegan boost! But don’t think this gives you the option of eating junk the rest of the time. To feel the full benefits have you should balance your non-vegan meals with lots of steamed or stir-fried vegetables and with some lovely sweet potato.
Our nutritional therapist, Julie Deeks, can help you manage your diet to ensure you are getting enough nutrition and you don’t miss out on important minerals. For example, did you know that eating too many grains can reduce the uptake of minerals like iron, zinc and calcium? Its all in the balance and ensuring your diet has lots of variety to ensure a vast array of nutrition, eating too much of one thing is never encouraged.
If you would like to book an appointment with Julie, please give us a call on 020 8332 6184 in order to find out her availability.