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

Dec
4
Sun
2:00 pm Holiday Cooking and Tasting Classic @ Metropolitan Adventist Academy Gym
Holiday Cooking and Tasting Classic @ Metropolitan Adventist Academy Gym
Dec 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join Chef Miguel Larcher and VegMichigan at this event.  http://www.veggieholiday.com/  
6:00 pm Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club @ Clerical Technical Union - MSU
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Open to anyone and everyone! A vegan potluck will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4th at ... Read More >
Dec
6
Tue
6:00 pm College Outreach Vegan Food Tasting @ Wayne State University
College Outreach Vegan Food Tasting @ Wayne State University
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
College Outreach Vegan Food Tasting @ Wayne State University
VegMichigan is partnering with students at Wayne State to organize and sponsor a free vegan food tasting and presentation inside Wayne ... Read More >
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
6:30 pm Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia
Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm
Cooking for Peace @ Unity of Livonia | Livonia | Michigan | United States
The nonprofit Citizens for Peace is hosting their annual veggie potluck. VegMichigan board members  Kim Korona and Tom Progar will give a ... Read More >
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 >
Jan
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s January Northville... @ Northville District Library
VegMichigan’s January Northville... @ Northville District Library
Jan 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Northville District Library, 212 Cady St. Northville Mi 48167, 248-349-3020, Karen ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s January Wayne Publ... @ Wayne Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s January Wayne Publ... @ Wayne Public Library Display
Jan 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at Wayne Public Library, Wayne, Mi. Contact: Sean Glasgow. 734-721-7832.
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 >
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 >
4:49 pm VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s March Oak Park Pub... @ Oak Park Public Library Display
Mar 1 @ 4:49 pm – 5:49 pm
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
VegMichigan’s April Romulus Publ... @ Romulus Public Library
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
Jul
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary
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 >