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.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Mi. 48330. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s October Milford Pu... @ Milford Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Milford Pu... @ Milford Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Drive, Milford, Michigan 48381. Contact Karin ... Read More >
Oct
4
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Oct 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 >
Oct
6
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101: Beginning Vegan Cooking... @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Veg 101: Beginning Vegan Cooking... @ Humane Society of Huron Valley
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Would you like to prepare more delicious and healthy plant-based meals for yourself or loved ones? Join us for this ... Read More >
Oct
14
Fri
6:00 pm October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest... @ North Center Brewing Company
October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest... @ North Center Brewing Company
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm
October Dinner Club (Oktoberfest Party!) @ North Center Brewing Company | Northville | Michigan | United States
Please join us at the North Center Brewery for a vegan Oktoberfest celebration! Shimmy Shack will be serving up their ... Read More >
Nov
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s November Canton li... @ Canton Public Library
VegMichigan’s November Canton li... @ Canton Public Library
Nov 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center, Canton, Mi. 48188. Contact: ... Read More >
Nov
8
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Nov 8 @ 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 >
Nov
26
Sat
6:30 pm VegMichigan Thanks-Living Vegan ... @ Troy, Michigan
VegMichigan Thanks-Living Vegan ... @ Troy, Michigan
Nov 26 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
VegMichigan’s Annual Vegan Thanks-Living Potluck Dinner will be held in Troy on Saturday, November 28th. The festivities will begin at ... Read More >
Dec
6
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Dec 6 @ 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 >
Dec
13
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Dec 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 >