VegMichigan

A Plant-Based Diet for Good Health

vmhealth1Benefits

A plant-based (vegan) diet that excludes meat, eggs, and dairy can help prevent, reduce or eliminate many chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Free from disease, we are able to pursue our goals and live a more enjoyable life.

Making the Change

Human beings are creatures of habit which can be helpful or harmful to our well-being. Some experts say that if we can adopt a positive new behavior for just 3 weeks, that new behavior often becomes a permanent habit. There is no one right or wrong way to change your eating habits. Some people make the change all at once and some eliminate their intake of meat and dairy slowly. A great way to begin is by adding a vegan meal or two to your daily routine.

Food Choices

A well-rounded plant-based diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes (beans, peas or lentils), nuts and seeds. These food groups provide all the energy, protein, minerals and fats necessary for excellent health. As humans, our anatomy is ideally designed to digest plants. Like other primates (chimpanzees, gorillas), humans have the teeth and intestinal system of a plant-eater, which is very different from the anatomy of a meat eater (e.g. lion, wolf). Animal foods contain saturated fat, cholesterol and other substances that can be harmful to health, and contain none of the fiber that is necessary for good health. Protein has been linked in our culture to meat and dairy; however, all plant foods contain protein and those who eat enough calories to maintain a normal body weight will consume enough protein to maintain good health.

Vitamin B-12

For the person already in good health who chooses a vegan diet, Vitamin B-12 is the only supplement that is absolutely required. Vitamin B-12 is an essential nutrient for human health. Vitamin B-12 is not an animal product. In nature, it is made by certain forms of bacteria present in soil or in the intestines of animals. Since vegans do not eat animals, and since modern living conditions limit our contact with soil bacteria, vegans need to find a convenient source for this nutrient. Vitamin B-12 is easy to obtain through over-the-counter tablets. It is also added to many food products, such as cereals and plant milks.

vmhealth2General Suggestions

There are hundreds of important nutrients that promote good health. Any diet, whether it includes animal products or not, can be deficient in nutrients if it does not contain a variety of foods or contains too few whole foods and too many processed foods. We encourage those who have actual symptoms of illness to consult a physician. Whenever possible, identify health professionals who are knowledgeable about, or will support, the decision to eat a plant-based diet.

Upcoming Events

Jan
27
Fri
6:30 pm Vegan Potluck @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Vegan Potluck @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spend the evening enjoying delicious vegan food, touring HSHV’s state of the art animal shelter, and connecting with new (and ... Read More >
Feb
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s February Clinton-M... @ Clinton-Macomb Public Library Display
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
VegMichigan’s February Redford T... @ Redford Twp. District Library
Feb 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Redford Twp. District Library, 25320 W. 6 Mile Rd. Redford, Mi ... Read More >
Feb
7
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Feb
9
Thu
6:00 pm Greater Detroit VegBash @ Royal Oak Farmers Market
Greater Detroit VegBash @ Royal Oak Farmers Market
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
VegMichigan will be participating in this event:   http://www.myfavoriteshowsandevents.com/VegBash.html  
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Cranbrook Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Cranbrook Whole Foods
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Mar
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
VegMichigan’s March Trenton Vete... @ Trenton Veterans Memorial Library
Mar 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, 2790 Westfield, Trenton Mi 48183. Contact: Francene ... Read More >
12:00 am VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Please check out our library display, located at Oak Park Public Library, 14300 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237. ... Read More >
Apr
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library Display
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd., Romulus, Mi. 48174. (734) 942-7589. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
VegMichigan’s Novi Public Librar... @ Novi Public Library
Apr 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at Novi Public Library, 45255 W 10 Mile Rd., Novi, Mi. 48375. Contact: ... Read More >
Apr
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Apr
13
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Apr
30
Sun
10:30 am VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
VegFest @ Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan | Novi | Michigan | United States
The VegFest has been a Michigan tradition for 18 years! Come see what all the excitement is about.  Try free ... Read More >
May
1
Mon
all-day VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s May Caroline Kenne... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
May 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, Mi. 48127. Contact: ... Read More >