‘I can’t afford to be vegan!’ It’s one of the arguments you hear far too often. I can see why people say it when they’re new to veganism because it’s so easy to be tempted by all the fancy products in attractive packaging with clever slogans that make you feel like you ‘need’ those foods.
Essentials at the ready
Basic foods we rely on for sustenance and nutrition – fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds, wholegrains – can be dirt cheap and if you’re clever, you can get them at half the going price. Here’s how to do it:
When you go vegan, you cut animal products and animal by-products out of your diet – and your wardrobe – buy cruelty-free cosmetics, toiletries and household products. You don’t visit places where animals are used for entertainment and you avoid other ethically questionable practices.
Most people go vegan for ethical reasons while others take this step for their health or to tread lightly on the environment. We all gradually learn more about the other aspects of veganism and why it simply makes sense, whichever way you look at it.
A vegan diet can have a bunch of benefits, including easier weight maintenance, but vegans are not automatically skinny. So here’s how to make your diet work better for your weight without going to extremes.
Carbs – love them or hate them, we all need them. Despite a wealth of low-carb fad diets there’s no good reason for avoiding carbohydrates. The key is in choosing the right ones.
Our cells - every single cell in your body – run on carbs. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose and other molecules and it’s glucose that is used as cell fuel. But that’s not an invitation to feast on sugary snacks!
As more and more plant milks are popping up, you may be wondering about their health benefits and how they compare to cow's milk. Veronika Powell explores the milky landscape
Firstly, let's have a proper look at what any milk actually is - a very watery liquid, around 90 per cent is always water. Therefore, any amount of nutrients it contains is more or less diluted and any health effects depend on how much of it you drink.
If you have ever toyed with the idea of going vegan, you most probably thought (at least once) that you might not be able to live without cheese.
The truth is, cheese addiction is real and once you break free from it, the cravings stop.
Viva!Health has launched a government petition to get red and processed meat products to carry a health warning label ‘may cause cancer’.
In October 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that processed meat products cause cancer and were classified as Group 1 carcinogens – substances causing cancer to humans.
Let’s face it, we all know we could eat healthier but we also want to be able to treat ourselves every now and then.
A healthy vegan diet is based on fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, pulses (lentils, beans, soya, chickpeas), nuts and seeds (with the obligate addition of vitamin B12 supplement).
Confusion about caffeinated drinks is rife! Veronika Charvatova, Health Campaigner, Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation, shuns the sensationalism and charts a path through the caffeine labyrinth.
Caffeine is the most widely consumed pharmacologically active (drug-like) substance in the world.
By Veronika Powell
Bones grow until we’re about 20 years old and then stop – but t
By Veronika Powell
It’s the dairy industry’s most successful myth and you have to wonder how this simple marketing fib has managed to penetrate our education system all the way up to university level.
Veronika Powell, Viva!Health Campaigner, has a look at the science and finds that acne and dairy go hand in hand.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and has a string of important functions but what we usually care about is how it looks. The last thing it needs is acne and there is a mass of scientific research pointing the finger at one particular culprit – dairy products.