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Vegetarian, Vegan, or Meat-eater Diet? Listen to Your Body

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Eating a clean diet that includes only fresh fruits and vegetables will mean cutting out processed foods and allergens. It can make your body feel amazing.

Allergens can be anything that causes an allergic reaction in your body. Allergens vary from person to person, but among the most common are eggs, soy, wheat (gluten), white and dairy.

Consider the personal testimony of Simone Samuels, raw food chef and blogger for The Wellness Warung on Mindbodygreen.com. Going on a raw food diet changed her taste buds. She stopped needing coffee every morning and her sugar cravings got replaced by more savory ones.

A less drastic change than a raw foods diet would be a vegetarian or vegan diet. Dr. Mark Hyman, a physician, medical director and founder of UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and columnist for Huffington Post, said on Mindbodygreen.com that studies show a vegan diet helps with weight loss, can reverse diabetes, and helps lower cholesterol.

Paleo and vegan diets have a low glycemic load. They are low in sugar, flour and refined carbohydrates.

A diet high in vegetables and fruits is also high in phytonutrients. “Phyto” is referring to plants. Phytonutrients are chemicals that protect plants from germs, fungi and other threats. Phytonutrients can protect your body against disease.

Ideally, diets high in phytonutrients should include foods low in pesticides, antibiotics and hormones. Essentially, this means little to no GMO foods.

When talking about how your body reacts to certain diets, let’s take a look at some culprit ingredients that are known to have a somewhat deleterious effect on the body.

1) Dairy:

According to Dr. Amy Shah, a Columbia University-trained physician, dairy products can cause inflammation in the body. Some can tolerate dairy better than others. But, for those who cannot, dairy products can contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and may even increase the risk of osteoporosis.

“Dairy is among the most common food allergies in children. The cow’s milk protein enters the gut and cause an allergic response.

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I’ve tried all three diets- veganism, vegetarianism, and a meat diet and I’ve always felt the healthiest with a vegan diet. Eating meat always made my energy levels decline and milk and eggs did the same but to a lesser degree. Plenty of protein can be found in so many natural vegan sources so the myth that vegans don’t get enough protein is wrong too. Keep up your good work.

July 12, 2015 - 11:25am
EmpowHER Guest

You need to find out what's making you fat and avoid it. I have a sweet tooth and I had trouble losing weight until I found the Loaded Gun Diet, then I lost 21lbs in 2 months eating sweets every morning.

July 12, 2015 - 6:42am

Being vegan is not the only way to lose weight because when you're leading a normal food consumption cycle and you are certainly going vegan, you would not be able to cope with that and for a very long period of time, you would be uncomfortable with your diet.

Being vegan is not the only way in which you can lose weight. There are plenty of foodstuffs which you can consume to satisfy your hunger and at the same point of time keep your calorie intake down as well and this is in a normal diet and not in a vegan diet.

The problem with going vegan is that you would have to check each and everything in order to comply with your diet and sometimes it is not possible when you're with family and friends.

Whereas, if you're following a normal diet, you do not have such a lot of restrictions and most of the people think that the diets which they are following are actually very strict but there are versatile diets which are available as well these days which help you in ensuring that you are able to modify some of the diet part according to your own requirements.

I personally find it very difficult to follow a strict diet and that is why I chose the diet of Lisa plog and lost 22 pounds with her diet. Google for "lisa plog diet plans" and you would be able to find her diet.

The only way in which you can follow the diet for the longer term is to ensure that you are modifying it to your requirement but only a little bit and you need to also ensure that the diet is providing you with the ability to modify the diet as well.

July 12, 2015 - 2:28am
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