11 Days to #VTheChange series: Day 6 #VTheChange options are growing!

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Did you know? The #VTheChange movement is really gaining momentum and we’re seeing so many new vegan foods expand our options, even just in the last year!

According to a report in “The Rise of the Vegan,” vegan food sales are up by 1,500% in the past year in the UK. And the London Economic reports more than half a million people in the UK now say they are vegan, up by 261% in the last ten years.

So what are these vegan foods that appear to be flying off the shelves these days? Gardein offers a full line-up of “veggie” protein products including “veggie” breakfast sausages, “veggie” chicken-less strips, and even “veggie” crab-less cakes. Companies like Kite Hill and Chao offer exceptional vegan cheeses from sliced and block to cream cheese and feta alternatives.

While all these new vegan products offer lots of amazing choices when making the switch from a meat-eating or vegetarian diet to a vegan diet, it is important to remember that these products are processed foods and should probably be consumed in moderation. Ultimately, the ideal vegan diet is whole foods (not processed), plant-based, no meat, no dairy.

One of the common questions that comes up about going vegan is whether or not it is affordable, mostly because people think of these “veggie” protein products and their prices.

As we share more with others about the vegan way of life though, the “whole foods, plant-based, no meat, no dairy” path is the most affordable, accessible, and healthiest option for both personal health, public health, and the health of the planet and the animals.

Some great resources for digging in deeper on this topic can be found in these lifestyle programs and authors:

Diet for a New America by John Robbins

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

Forks Over Knives

Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn

The McDougall Program

Neal Barnard, M.D. & the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dean Ornish, M.D.

The CHIP Program from the Lifestyle Medicine Institute associated with Loma Linda University

CLICK HERE to access more helpful resources on our Gandhi’s Be Magazine Vegan & Vegetarian 101.

Wow! We’re 6 days in on this #VTheChange journey together, almost one week! We want to hear more from you about how it is going, how are you feeling, what are you learning, what questions do you have? Email us your thoughts to editors@bemagazine.org.

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