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Twenty-ONE Days of Veganism! Jay and Beyonce are doing it. And, Tia Mowry has decided to make it a LIFESTYLE!

Food Jonezi

Tia Mowry promotes veganism--"Don't knock it before you try it"

Source: www.peta.org 

“I’m like hold up, who you smacking on?/ I’m only trying to eat what you snacking on.”

If you are truly a Jay-Z fan, you would know this famous line from his song, “Dead Prez’ Hell Yeah” remix.

And, I think it fits perfectly with his new 21-days vegan challenge.

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n case you haven’t heard, Queen Bey and Jigga are going vegan for 21 days.  What’s the noise about being “veggie vegans?”   First, being vegan requires a full commitment to a 100% plant-based diet.  It means everything you eat, must be grown from the ground up—from seeds, beans, soy, oats, to fruits and vegetables.  You get the picture.  

Extreme veganism requires that an individual must not wear products or clothes derived from any animal source.  Therefore, your favorite leather shoes, fur coat, or non-organic make-up must go!

However, if you decided to take on the 21-days vegan challenge like the Carters, I want to offer a few nutrition tips and resources as you plan nutritious

meatless

meals throughout the day!

Make Sure You’re Eating Well Balance Meatless Meals!

Let’s be clear, going vegetarian or vegan does not always make you healthier than your meat-eating friends.  You have to make sure that your body is getting the recommended servings of

protein,

fat carbohydrates, water vitamins and minerals for daily maintenance.   I bolded the word “protein” because eating enough high-protein foods seem to be the biggest issue with veganism, since no animal-source foods are consumed. I  recommend that you try eating:   

  • Beans/lentils and rice
  • Bean burritos
  • Bean chili or soup
  • Vegetable hummus wraps
  • Peanut butter, soy milk, banana smoothies

Check out

ChooseMyPlate.gov

for vegetarian/vegan recipes that are high in proteins and those essential nutrients.

Don’t Forget About Bone Health!

Don’t believe the news hype that soy causes breast cancer! There has not been any link to soy and cancer.  In fact, fortified-calcium soy products are convenient ways that vegans and vegetarians can get their recommended servings of proteins and calcium. Actually, research has shown that consuming soy products can lower your risk of cancer, and also add variety to your meals.  So drink your soy milk my fellow veggie vegans!   

However, soy is not the only food that provides calcium for your bones.  Kale, broccoli, bok-choy, to name a few, are vegetables that can give your body calcium.  However, some vegetables such as spinach and rhubarb are good sources of calcium, but they are high in oxalates, which decrease calcium absorption, so include a wide variety of other green vegetable more often.

Remember, calcium, Vitamin D and protein works together to build strong bones.  To ensure that you get the recommended 1,000 mg of calcium daily intake, I suggest that you spread your green veggies intake throughout the day and choose calcium-fortified foods such as non-dairy milk, ready-to-eat cereals, orange juice and tofu.  

In addition to following a nutrient-rich diet, weight-bearing exercise such as yoga, running, walking and strength training is an essential component for increasing bone strength.

Good luck with your meatless challenge everyone!  You will definitely be snacking on a whole lot of fruits and vegetables…and that’s a good thing!

~ Food Jonezi, RDN~