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With a little planning, vegan diets can be a healthful choice
- By Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, Contributor
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Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, Contributor
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Thank you for all of the helpful information in vegan eating that you post on this website! I have been vegan for about 2 years. I started eating plant-based in 2018 when I got diagnosed with cancer (for the second time in 2 years). I was so clueless at first. It took me about 5 months before I knew anything about nutrition or how to cook. Now I am cancer-free and I feel healthier than ever. Also, once I started to eat healthy I began to learn more about how terrible the dairy and meat industry was – not only to my health, but to the environment and more importantly, the animals. So now I feel like I have some peace of mind in knowing that I am doing my part to live my life the best as I can in accordance with my values.
Thank you so much for educating us!!
I’ve been a vegan for 3 years and if you are starting now you are fortunate because even 3 years ago in California this was hard to start doing. I wanted to add that I have been feeling like something is scientifically wrong with eating animals because there might be a chemical or combination of that is present in the flesh when it is served as food. For one thing I can now smell the scent of death when I’m around meat. I’ve always had sensitive smell but it is really present however faint it may be at times. I actually no longer dine in restaurants that serve meat which is now possible. I think we may have been ingesting a chemical all along that is very bad for us.
Thank you for speaking your truth. I understand what you mean!
Vegan for 9 years now. Never felt better in my life! No excuses. As a Biologist in Holistic Nutrition, I will keep on recommending the vegan way… The smart way, of course! Thank you, Katherine & Adam!
More Useful Information about Daily life food.Keep Go On like this.
Every food is somehow toxic. There are plenty information about plants toxicity. Trick is to compare various foods and their preparation methods. Meat is certainly healthier than processed carbs or sugar, when not fried in PUFAs or smoked. Most studies compare veganism to SAD, and every diet is better than standard American diet.
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