There are many variations of vegan diet: vegan (general), raw vegan food, whole food vegan diet…no end to it.
It is not uncommon for anyone to have nutritional deficiencies, regardless of which diet is followed. That’s why nutritional deficiencies are not a unique characteristic of vegan diet, because they can happen on any diet.
Out of all vegan diets, whole foods plant based diet is least likely to cause nutritional deficiency.
People don’t want to follow a whole foods plant based diet for several reasons. Further in the series I will address these concerns. For now let me help you with alleviating a few concerns: what to eat, how much to eat, and how to be sure I am not going to be deficient in any way.
Before I share the vegan cherry please note: anyone can follow whole foods plant based diet; if you are someone with a medical condition then this diet is definitely for you, only when followed under doctor’s and dietician’s supervision. Why supervision is needed? If this diet is followed then there’s a good chance that you won’t be needing the medication you’re on (or at least less of it), that’s why being under supervision will help you get off the medication simultaneously when this diet is followed. If your medical condition was caused by bad diet then this good diet will definitely help you; if your condition was caused by something else, then this diet will help you to some extent, but whether it will cure everything is not something I will claim here.
With the disclaimer aside, let’s learn how to be a whole foods plant based diet nerd: you need to do download only two apps to help you in transition. This is not a promotional blog post; this is am honest advice to anyone who’s willing to make change to the best version of vegan diet, because I’d love for the world to consider it. Now without further ado I will share the information on these two apps:
1.Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen: It provides a checklist of 12 food groups to eat. You’ll love it because it has fun game feeling to it: eat what is on the list and check it off the list on daily dozen app (my favorite game for sure). You will driven to maintain your win streak. https://nutritionfacts.org/daily-dozen-challenge/
2.Cronometer: Just type in the name of the food you eat and let the nutrition tracker keep track of your macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). https://cronometer.com/
You don’t need to use them forever! If you want to then you may, but once you get haituated to whole foods plant based diet there will no need to refer to them again and again.