There are always ways that you can improve your vegetarian lifestyle. Please do not confuse the vegan lifestyle with dieting because it is not dieting.
Once you start on the path of becoming a vegan, explore the health food store, find new foods you’ve never tried before, and come up with ways to work them into your meals. Chances are that there are some super-healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds out there that you’ve never tried, and that can make you a lot healthier. Here are four Super Foods that you should add to your menu as soon as possible. They are high in nutrients and according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the king of nutrient dense foods, on the top of his list:
(1) Collard Greens, Kale and Bok Choy. Most of us don’t get enough dark leafy green vegetables in our diets, and that’s a shame – they’re full of antioxidants that have been proven to suppress the growth of cancer cells. Collard greens, Kale and Bok Choy are the mother lode of healthy vegetables. They also offer an enormous amount of calcium – something that vegetarians that avoid dairy may not be getting enough of. And remember that plant-based calcium is absorbed by the body more easily than the calcium in dairy products, without all of the saturated fat, hormones and antibiotics found in dairy.
(2) Wheatgrass Juice. It’s not just for hippies and health food nuts! Wheatgrass juice is one of the most nutritionally dense foods that you can find, offering the most vitamins and minerals per ounce than, well, anything. An ounce of wheatgrass juice offers the same calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and potassium as two-and-a-half pounds of dark green leafy vegetables. It works as a detoxifier, clearing bacteria and other poisons from your body. It’s so packed with nutrition, in fact, that experts say you should start with just an ounce a day. And make sure you get fresh wheatgrass juice, because it starts to lose its nutritional value soon after juicing.
(3) Flaxseed. Are you getting enough good fats? Most health-conscious Americans are concerned about cutting back on fat, and may not think about the good fats that they need. Get rid of the animal fats and increase your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). You need these for brain and cell function, and they regulate the hormones that keep everything from your immune system to your sleep patterns running smoothly. Flaxseed is loaded with alpha-linolenic acid, a powerful omega-3 fatty acid. You can buy it in a small bottle and drizzle it on your food (experts recommend about a tablespoon per day) or you can buy it as whole or ground seeds, and get the added benefit of fiber, as well.
(4) Green Tea. As a cancer-fighting agent, green tea is hard to beat. The agents in green tea called “catechins” have been found to be 100 times more effective at stopping cell mutations than Vitamins C, and 25 times more effective than Vitamin E. The flavonoids and catechins in green tea also limit the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, so it helps fight heart disease.
Start adding these powerhouse foods to your lifestyle today and you will be super charged with nature’s very best health promoting nutrition.