How To Decide If You Should Go Vegan?

Going on a vegan diet is probably going to be named the trend of the century. Maybe it’s time for you to hop on this trend that’s here to stay – and maybe not. To help you make your decision, let’s dissect what it means to be vegan.

Being vegan is not only about your health but also about saving our dear animal species and our planet. If you want to adopt a vegan diet because of your love for animals, know that it’s highly appreciated! University of Oxford’s research shows that going on a plant-based diet is the biggest way to reduce the harmful impact on earth. What’s more compelling than that?

You have to make a few considerations before going vegan, such as if you’ll be able to consume an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. Some, such as iron, vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, are a little trickier to acquire through a vegan diet. Another key aspect people often neglect is how sustainable it is to go vegan. Are there sufficient vegan products in your local markets and restaurants? Are you prepared to consistently prepare vegan meals when you’re at home?

Here you’ll find some facts of going vegan and some factors you should consider. This in no way discredits the numerous benefits of a vegan diet, but our aim is to give you information so you can make an informed decision.

How do you find out if veganism is the right choice for you?

There is no better way to find out than to test it out. Your body is so well designed that it will be sure to give out subtle or loud signals to let you know if the diet works for you.


Here are 5 simple ways to monitor easily:

1) Monitor your heart rate

Chief nutritionist of QUA nutrition Ryan Fernando says “There is no better way to see if veganism suits you than to check your heart rate. Monitor your resting heart rate as soon as you wake up with your smartwatch before and after adopting a vegan diet for a period of 30 days and average it out. If the average drops, the diet suits you well. Instead, if it increases, it means your body is struggling to cope up with the vegan diet. Notice this carefully and contact your nutritionist for a consultation.”


2) Get some tests done

After a period of 90 days of following a vegan diet, get some tests done. Some of these tests include vitamin and mineral levels. It might sound tedious, but ultimately you want to know if your body is coping – and you need to find this out. 

What some of the tests could indicate for you:

Risk of anemia 

A vegan diet can lead to iron deficiency if not monitored properly. This is because vegan-friendly foods have a type of iron called non-heme iron which is less absorbable by the body. A simple blood test will tell you if your iron levels are dropping too low and if you should take more iron-rich foods.

Some vegan sources of iron are lentils, chickpeas, chia seeds, quinoa, kale, raisins, tofu, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds.

You can also try out our plant protein+, a vegan protein powder which is a rich source of iron!

Vitamin B12 deficiency

A vegan diet has almost no vitamin B12 and it’s something we have to face. However, vitamin B12 is highly necessary for vital body functions. If your B12 levels are very low after a 90 day period, consult a nutritionist to seek their advice.

Vegan sources of vitamin B12 include soy products, fortified breakfast cereals and plant-based milk. Add these to your grocery list if you want to naturally increase your intake of vitamin B12!


3) Monitor your weight

There is a risk of consuming too much carbohydrate in a vegan diet. One of the reasons could be because you’re trying to eat too much to satisfy the cravings of fullness that meat previously offered you. If you’re putting on too much weight, maybe this diet doesn’t work for you. This could lead to unwanted consequences like depression or mood swings as well.

To avoid this, try eating multiple food groups. Eat legumes, dried fruits and whole foods – a vegan diet is not just about eating salads! Also, add more fibre to your diet because it will keep you full for longer periods of time and you reduce the in-between meal snacking. 


4) Having stomach troubles?

Gastric distress is another symptom I observe in people who transition into a vegan diet. Since you take in more calories to fulfil the daily requirement of protein and other essential nutrients, you overload your stomach which causes inflammation to the gut,” says Mr. Fernando.


5) Notice any external visible symptoms?

If your skin starts to break out or you get rashes just after you start following a vegan diet, these could be signals that the diet isn’t working. Some less severe symptoms include cracks in the nails and hair loss.


Another serious consideration is the affordability of vegan products. In a few years, because of new technology and innovations in plant-based products, these will become cheaper. But for now, they aren’t so easily available and cheap. And remember, going vegan is a life-term commitment and not a one-time investment. If you’re shocked by your grocery bills after adopting this diet, you know it’s time to rethink your decision.

Mr. Fernando cautions that a new diet should not be followed without the advice of a nutritionist.  He says that a vegan diet has proven to reduce inflammation, better manage cholesterol, promote faster recovery and improve gut health but all these benefits could be nullified if the diet is not followed in the proper manner.


Finally, what everyone understands about going on a vegan diet is that you should not consume dairy products, eggs and other animal derived products. But, that’s not it. There is so much more to it that we should all know. More than thinking about what food products to cut out on, think about how you can balance your nutritional levels so you can be healthy. For instance, don’t buy a product just because it is certified vegan. Instead, check the nutrition label to see if it fits in your diet and can give you a nutrition boost. Eating potato fries throughout the day just because they’re vegan doesn’t do any justice!

Whatever you decide, we hope that it’ll help you achieve your wellness goals! Check out our vegan-friendly products which range from superfood drink mixes to 100% organic superfood powders.

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Let’s end off with this quote – “be you and be ok with it!


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