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Transcript of Veganism
What is Veganism?
Veganism is a lifestyle that abstains from the use of animal products, particularly in diet.
The Vegan Diet
no meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy products!
Health Benefits of Veganism
Disadvantages of Veganism
Veganism and the Environment
Veganism and Ethics
According to PETA the leading cause of global warming is the pollution output from the dairy, egg and meat industries.
10 billion animals are generally slaughtered for human consumption each and every year.
Animal diets consist of antibiotics and pesticides
Possible Side Effects of Eating Vegan
Poses a risk for pregnant/nursing mothers and their children
Weakens the digestive system
Less calories = lack of energy
amenorrhea (menstrual cycles cease)
hair loss and nail problems
dental cavities, tooth loss, and gum problems
osteoporosis and joint pain
Short-term vegan diet:
offers enormous benefits in overcoming serious health problems.
Long-term vegan diet:
physical and psychological deterioration will almost certainly occur.
Veganism and Athletic Performance
Athletes who are vegan must constantly make sure they are consuming enough vitamins/nutrients
No research has been done on the affects of the vegan diet on athletic performance
Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Vegan
Will the diet give me what I need for optimal performance?
Will I get enough nutrients to maximize energy?
Is a vegan diet deficient in certain nutrients? (If so, will supplements replace those nutrients, and which ones should I take?)
Switched to a raw vegan diet after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome
Has said that switching to a raw-vegan diet helped relieve many of her symptoms.
Ironman champion 2008, 2nd in Ultraman World Championships 2010
Believes eating vegan has made her "a lighter, faster and stronger athlete"
Timothy Bradley Jr.
Vegan since 2008
Believes a vegan diet gives him energy and helps with his reflexes and balance
"With a vegan diet you always have energy. You feel light. You don't feel bulky or heavy. This would benefit any athlete in any sport."
Ultramarathoner with multiple wins
Author of 'Eat and Run'
Vegan for 16 years
"I like to eat, and I don’t have to worry about weight management. All I need is a high-carbohydrate diet with enough protein and fat."
Credits his excellent health to his vegan diet
Variety is key:
Fruits and Vegetables
The History of Veganism
Can be traced back more than 2000 years.
First recorded person to follow a somewhat vegan diet was Pythagoras , Greek philosopher and mathematician .
Veganism became a somewhat known concept in 1949.
Delicious Vegan Recipes!
Vegans are more prone to deficiencies in many important nutrients including: B12, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Calories, DHA, and Protein
It is difficult to plan meals and dine out
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