You know the moment before you get into the airport taxi or the subway to the station, where you pause for a moment and ask yourself “do I have everything with me?” We all do it. You’re probably not thinking about how many socks you packed, but rather checking (again!) to see if you have your passport, credit card and ticket with you. The things without which your adventure would soon be over.
What applies to travelling also applies to nutrition. There are certain things that should not be missing. The good news is that a balanced vegan diet provides you with almost all the important nutrients. But only almost. Let’s talk about vitamin B12. It’s found almost exclusively in animal products. But because vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for the human organism, it is vital that you always take enough of it. In our travel analogy let’s say that vitamin B12 is the” passport” of nutrients. You can’t do without it. You should therefore regularly supplement it. Also have your doctor check regularly whether your body contains enough. It is that important!
Besides Vitamin B12, there are other important nutrients we need to keep us healthy. A balanced, vegan diet will normally provide enough, as we already mentioned. However, we recommend an occasional check-up with your doctor. Especially if you experience a significant change that affects your health or think there is something that might do soon.
The most important nutrients that you should always keep in mind:
- Vitamin B-12
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin K-2
It can be helpful to track your food intake, when starting a vegan diet, to ensure you meet your nutritional needs. This will also help improve your knowledge about nutrition