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

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 Auburn Hills L... @ Auburn Hills Public Library
VegMichigan’s May Auburn Hills L... @ Auburn Hills Public Library
May 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Auburn Hills Public Library, 3400 East Seyburn Dr. Auburn Hills 48326. ... Read More >
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 >
Jun
1
Thu
all-day VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
VegMichigan’s June Caroline Kenn... @ Caroline Kennedy Library
Jun 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 >
all-day VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s June Milford Libra... @ Milford Public Library Display
Jun 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Milford Public Library, 330 Family Dr., Milford, Mi. 48381. (248) 684-0845 ... Read More >
Jun
6
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Jun 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 >
Jun
8
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Jun 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 >
Jul
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
Jul 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
Aug
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Allen Park Community Center, 15800 White Ave., Allen Park, Mi. 48101. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
Aug
6
Sun
11:00 am VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
VegMichigan's Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Come enjoy your favorite summer foods, live music, fun games, and more!  Free Admission!
Aug
8
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Aug 8 @ 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 >
Sep
14
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Sep 14 @ 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 >
Oct
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out or library display, located at the Alfred Nobel Public Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, Mi. 48150. (734) ... Read More >