The decision to become vegan could have been easy, but to stick to your decision to eat vegan food every day could be tougher than you imagined, unless you have complete information about what to have and in what kind of proportions. Like the vegetarian food pyramid, the vegan food pyramid, could be your constant guide to keep you motivated through out the process.
All of us need to have our daily quota of nutrition to remain healthy. But being a vegan could pose some obstacles in our food consumption pattern, since several foods which are remotely associated with animals are also prohibited, including milk and milk products.
Therefore the first concern a new vegan would have is from where to get the calcium that milk gave or the protein which was so easily available in meat.
In essence, what most of us would like to know is: what do vegans eat? Because of the strict parameters within which a vegan has to design the daily nutrition pattern, vegans also rely on the vegan food pyramid, the friendly food guide that helps you to chalk out your daily nutrition needs as well as provide you with the right direction to move on.
VEGAN FOOD PYRAMIND: INTERESTING FACTS
THE ORIGINAL FOOD GROUPS OF THE VEGAN FOOD PYRAMID
While this is the original food pyramid for vegans, I have also located several modified versions of the same pyramid where the main groups are further sub divided to become more specific.
For example, in one modified version I found the legumes and nuts group broken into two groups, one carrying protein-rich foods like nuts and legumes, the other rich in calcium like soy-based foods.
Some highlights of the modified vegan food pyramid:
To include vitamin B 12 supplements for proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system. Also supplements of vitamin D, in case you do not wish to spend too much time in sunlight.
Though may not be featured in the pyramid design, but many modified versions recommend consumption of 8 ounces of water every day and avoidance of saturated fats and oils or added sugar.