Today's Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook guest blogger, Traci Dean, has been with us here at The Eat-Clean Diet for a long time. She has been featured as a Success Story & she also participates often on the Kitchen Table, our online community. Now you can read about her amazing foray into veganism... a new step on her journey to health. Perhaps you can answer some of her questions about supplementation, too!
|Traci missing her beloved yogurt!|
Because I believe there’s a link between heart disease and animal fats, I currently eat only one meal containing meat (it’s hard to eat that many beans for protein!), don’t eat eggs or dairy (God, I miss yogurt!), and rarely cook with oil.
When my stepson first became a raw vegan, I was pretty freaked out; was he getting enough protein, iron, and the essentials you and I take for granted when we eat the ‘typical’ American diet? So though I don’t eat exactly like him, I am now concerned for myself, too.
Last week I had some blood work done (my cholesterol was finally normal! AWESOME!) and found out that my B12 and Vitamin D numbers were low. Getting enough of these elements is important when you are a vegan. Now, I have to do the research and ask myself; do I want to take a supplement, or find those foods that will provide B12 and Vitamin D naturally?
I’ll be checking out everyone’s blog piece, looking to add yummy new recipes that also include what I’m missing because I struggle; I have the heart of a vegan, just not the taste buds of one!
As my stepson likes to say; peace, love, fruit!
Traci, The WalkerLady, one pound at time!