Staying healthy on a vegan diet [Interview with Daniel Schmachtenberger, michellemayblog.com]]

Staying healthy on a vegan diet [Interview with Daniel Schmachtenberger, michellemayblog.com]]


What should someone do if they’re
struggling to stay healthy on a vegan diet? There are people that have been easier
time being healthy with animal products than without them.
There are a lot of people for whom it’s the opposite. Where as soon as they become vegan they start feeling a lot healthier and issues clear up and they lose weight and their athletics become better. Great, but for some people that have a
harder time with it it’s my belief that almost all of them can
learn how to be vegan just as healthfully but for some people, getting a variety of amino acids is a little bit more of a challenge because
they actually have to source them intelligently, because when you’re eating an animal, the animal eats whatever a varied diet is and creates a complete
protein in its muscle and when you eat that complete protein it breaks back down into all the essential amino acids. But if we’re just
eating, beans, legumes, the plant sources that are mostly not complete
proteins themselves, we have to make sure we have some variety of those and if
someone isn’t paying attention to do that they
can start to get an amino acid imbalance. So for the most part, I would say learn more. Having a complete amino acid profile is one of the major things that matters for people also
long-chain fatty acids, specifically long-chain
omega-3 in your flax oil and other seed oils you’re
gonna be getting a form of omega-3 called ALA which is a shorter chain. The
longer chain EPA and DHA come in meats because the animal synthesizes it and in egg yolk. You can get those longer chains in
algae and in algae oils, you can supplement with that but your body can also convert it but it converts if your blood sugar is
balanced. If your blood sugar isn’t balanced and you have high resting insulin, it’s harder to convert it. For so many people that are eating a
higher starch, carbohydrate, sugar diet then it’s harder to convert those things. And then for other people heme iron is
one of those other challenges, again there are vegan and vegetarian source of iron that do convert well and the B vitamins that are essential
co-factors for the conversion of it and so basically I would say study and learn about it and almost
everyone that I have ever interface with that was having a challenge with it, actually to be honest everyone that I
have ever worked with who wanted to be
vegetarian or wanted to be vegan for spiritual, ethical, moral reasons and was having a challenge with their
health and they felt better when they ate some meat than not, when we figured out what was going on,
what nutrients they were missing and we figured out how to plant-source them, they were all able to plant-source them
effectively. But to acknowledge the possibility that someone doesn’t yet
know how to do that or maybe their body just can’t, I just
want be open to that possibility, then I’m not going to begrudge that person for eating an animal product because if our goal is to minimize suffering that means
to the person also. And if they don’t know how to not suffer
and I don’t mean emotionally because they’re craving it because that’s something that we can work with but I mean physiologically, then what I would say is, make sure that
you are sourcing the things as ethically as
possible and that you really doing the minimum amounts of those possible to really
support you and so if you can get by just with eggs from a local farm and you don’t need to
actually have a kill product then the fact that you need some animal
product does not automatically justify going to kill products. And if you do need to kill product and
you find some sustainably harvested thing that doesn’t mean go to factory-farmed things. I would just say if you’re in that place
where you have an ethical care for the sentient experience of other life forms and yet you don’t know how to do it with
your body yet, have compassion with yourself so that you don’t have to shame yourself
for just not knowing how to do it yet and make sure that you also hold the lines of, okay if I
need to do this that doesn’t mean that I automatically do a bunch of other things,
right? Because very often there is a black and white kind of thinking where as soon as we have a real justification for part, we end up leaking beyond that. And then
the other thing is do continue to work to progress in that
area and educate yourself and see if you can get to where, hey I needed that but
now I don’t anymore and it’s been my experience it with
right education and support from other people that know more about it, I have yet to find anyone that hasn’t
been able to do it healthfully. Yeah, I feel like it’s a journey for
everyone. I know for myself when I initially became a vegan, I ate a lot more processed food and learning to eat more whole foods, whole grains and vegetables and fruits and and things that don’t have a lot of
other ingredients in them has really helped me thrive on a vegan diet. What someone replaces the meat
with is a big deal because if they were eating meat that was a
a lot of say, pre-processed fast food or whatever because they’re not really in the food prep way
of mind and so now they’re still doing kind of pre-processed, etc., that means it’s probably going to be mostly all grain products that
they’re replacing it with and now they’re doing a bunch of breads and cereals and pastas and that does mean that they are likely to
get unstable blood sugar that they are likely to get amino acid
imbalances and it’s just not a healthy diet so the
protein has to be replaced with other things that contain protein, which is complexes of beans and legumes and nuts and seeds as well as potential algae, sea vegetables, fresh green vegetables and so moving to vegan healthfully usually also means a movement towards
more whole foods.