Summary of Benefits to Eating Vegan Soul Food

There are so many people being caught up with the ideas of a greener lifestyle these days,it is no surprise that lots of people are becoming Vegan and Vegetarian.For alot of people a Vegan Soul Food lifestyle is part of going back to the old ways, which is also considered much healthier. The fancy jargon surrounding the current foodie movement makes it seem as if current trends such as veganism and paleo diets are new discoveries. But the phrase ‘African vegan’ is not an oxymoron. Pre-colonial Africans did, in fact, rely predominantly on a plant-based diet. So the phrase Vegan Soul Food is an attempt to bring the health and the American food traditions together.

 If you are still not sure whether the idea of a Vegan lifestyle is perfect for you there area couple of things that you should thoroughly consider first.  If you are just rushing out to get a healthy lifestyle without considering all of the benefits of eating Vegan you could be in for a rather alarming surprise.

Many people come across Vegan Soul Food through their quest to eat healthier and getting balanced..  By altering your food you are getting the biggest benefits for not only yourself but also the environment.  Many environmental groups claim that Vegan is the ultimate way to go green with your eating habits.  In many ways, they are very correct and because of this, many people are turning to a Vegan lifestyle like never before.  While many people might only claim to live a truly green lifestyle,those who are eating Vegan as well are really walking the walk instead of just talking about it.

Other benefits to eating Vegan Soul Food is the decrease in blood sugar levels. In our community this is key. Eating Vegan is extremely beneficial for diabetics because it can lower the need to use insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels dramatically..  However, if you are being treated by a doctor for any reason you should talk to your doctor before changing your diet to be sure that you are getting all of the nutrients and benefits that you really need.  Making changes without talking to your doctor could have bad consequences and it will only take a little bit of your time to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible.

People who avoid eating meat are also often able to lose weight much faster. In our communities obesity is a major killer. Many of the reasons people lose weight eating a Vegan lifestyle is due to the increase in carbohydrates in vegetables as well as the decrease in calories and fats.  Plus many of the fruits and vegetables that are common in a Vegan diet also assist in weight loss due to their negative calorie effect.  While this is not a huge benefit for all people, it is something that can be a big help if you are trying to lose weight.  Of course, trying to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables as opposed to highly processed foods will help to really maximize the negative calorie impact.

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A Vegan Soul Food diet also has a huge perk of providing a substantially lower fat content to your diet as well.  Consuming excessive amounts of dairy products as well as meats tends to be closely accompanied by fat; by omitting substantial amounts of fat from your diet, you can make some substantial differences to not only our physical health, but also make great improvements to lower your weight.  This can provide you with ample reasons to lower your intake of meat if you have been struggling to actually manage your weight.

Even the Bible advocates veganism. That is where the annual ‘Daniel Fast’, practised by many Christian congregations, comes from:

“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine … Then Daniel asked … ‘Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ … At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.” – Daniel 1:8, 11–12, 15

A final benefit is that you are consuming far more carbohydrates on a Vegan Soul Food diet.  This has been considered good because it provides a great source of energy all during the day.  Foods such as meats tend to be extremely low on carbohydrates, while being much higher on protein.  While protein is an essential part of your diet it can take much longer to digest, which will allow you to pack on weight faster and have lower energy levels.  If you are instead looking to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that you consume you will find that your energy level will go up significantly.  However, you should still ensure that you are consuming ample protein to fully protect your system and receive all of the nutrition that you need.

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Yummy Holiday Vegan Soul Food Recipes for 2020

The holidays are coming and many of us have turned to eating a vegan or even an alkaline diet for many different reasons. This article is not to discus the whys but to dive into the delishous hows… like hows that Vegan Sweet Potato taste, hows the Vegan Mac and Cheese compared to Mo’Mo’s recipe? But for some of those that are new, I have some short videos you can watch and then come back here to get the recipes…or the other way.

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Now I know this may sound crazy but some folks may even as What is Soul Food. I have been around enough to know that lots of people still ask. In fact 4,400 searches a month ask that…so for you. Here is a short answer, then come right back! Click here for What is Soul Food.

Can you really make Vegan Soul Food for Christmas?

When I first became a vegetarian back in 1999 many black folks had all kinds of questions, especially at BBQs. The thing they mostly could not grasp back then was that someone would not have meat as the center of the meal. Well the thing about the Vegan Soul Food recipes you are going to find here will satisfy both the roots of your taste buds and satisfy your belly and body.

The recipes are broken down in a way you can try it in ala carte or the whole dinner. The Main Dish, Sides, Appetizers, Deserts, and Drinks.

Holiday Vegan Soul Food-Main Dishes

Holiday Vegan Soul Food-Side Recipes

Holiday Vegan Soul Food-Appetizer Recipes

I know in my family there were not many appetizers, that was for fancy folks. So these appetizers are more traditional for the Holidays and not so much “Soul Food”. My family had no desire for snacks lol.

Holiday Vegan Soul Food-Desert Recipes

Holiday Vegan Soul Food-Drink Recipes

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What is Vegan, A Guide to Information and Links

So Define the Word Vegan

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan. Distinctions may be made between several categories of veganism. Dietary vegans, also known as “strict vegetarians”, refrain from consuming meat, eggs, dairy products, and any other animal-derived substances. An ethical vegan, also known as a “moral vegetarian”, is someone who not only follows a vegan diet but extends the philosophy into other areas of their lives, and opposes the use of animals for any purpose.  Another term is “environmental veganism”, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable. (from Wikipedia)

WebMD has some great information you should check out. The first thing they do there is break down what you can eat.

What You Can Eat

On a vegan diet, you can eat foods made from plants, including:

  •  Fruits and vegetables
  • Legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Breads, rice, and pasta
  • Dairy alternatives such as soymilk, coconut milk, and almond milk
  • Vegetable oils

What You Can’t Eat

Vegans can’t eat any foods made from animals, including:

  • Beef, pork, lamb, and other red meat
  • Chicken, duck, and other poultry
  •  Fish or shellfish such as crabs, clams, and mussels
  • Eggs
  • Cheese, butter
  • Milk, cream, ice cream, and other dairy products
  • Mayonnaise (because it includes egg yolks)
  • Honey

Health Benefits

Studies show that vegans have better heart health and lower odds of having certain diseases. Those who skip meat have less of a chance of becoming obese or getting heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Vegans are also less likely to get diabetes and some kinds of cancer, especially cancers of the GI tract and the breast, ovaries, and uterus in women.

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The Vegan Society and the history of Veganism

The Vegan Society was founded in November 1944

The Vegan Society may have been established 75 years ago but veganism has been around much longer. Evidence of people choosing to avoid animal products can be traced back over 2,000 years. As early as 500 BCE, Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras promoted benevolence among all species and followed what could be described as a vegetarian diet.  Around the same time, Siddhārtha Gautama (better known as the Buddha) was discussing vegetarian diets with his followers.

Fast forward to 1806 CE and the earliest concepts of veganism are just starting to take shape, with Dr William Lambe and Percy Bysshe Shelley amongst the first Europeans to publicly object to eggs and dairy on ethical grounds.

The first modern-day vegans

In November 1944, Donald Watson (right and below) called a meeting with five other non-dairy vegetarians, including Elsie Shrigley, to discuss non-dairy vegetarian diets and lifestyles. Though many held similar views at the time, these six pioneers were the first to actively found a new movement – despite opposition. The group felt a new word was required to describe them; something more concise than ‘non-dairy vegetarians’. Rejected words included ‘dairyban’, ‘vitan’, and ‘benevore’. They settled on ‘vegan’, a word that Donald Watson later described as containing the first three and last two letters of ‘vegetarian’. In the words of Donald Watson, it marked “the beginning and end of vegetarian”. The word vegan was coined by Donald Watson from a suggestion by early members Mr George A. Henderson and his wife Fay K. Henderson that the society should be called Allvega and the magazine Allvegan.

Their official definition

“Veganism is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

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What is Vegan Soul Food

Many people get confused hearing the phrase Vegan Soul Food. Its almost like saying dry water, wet fire, or something. We put this article together because we support video shows that help make eating good for you….good to you too. So a quick introduction and then links to some great Vegan Soul Food recipes and more. Lets do it.

What is vegan and who are they?

Vegans are individuals who avoid animal products for ethical, health, or environmental reasons — or a combination of the three.

Instead, they eat various plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and products made from these foods. (For More Details)

What is soul food?

Just because food is from the south, does not mean it is soul food. You should know that all soul food is definitely Southern.

Soul food is an ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and by African-Americans in the southern parts of the United States. The expression “soul food” was originated in the mid-1960s. That was when “soul” was a common word used to describe African-American culture. Soul food is basic, down-home cooking that’s been passed down through many generations, with its roots in the rural South.

The staples of soul food cooking are beans, greens, cornmeal (used in cornbread, hush puppies, johnnycakes, fried fish), and pork. Pork has been in a number of soul food meals. Like seasoning vegetables and stews, dehydrating and pickling pork rinds, pig feet and ears. If you want soul food, no worries, check out some great Soul Food Recipes here.

Read “The Humble History of Soul Food by Black Foodie.co

So Vegan Soul Food is..

Vegan Soul Food is trying to create traditional Southern food without using all the traditional ingredients that go against a vegan chosen lifestyle.

As more African/Black folks learn about our traditional diets, Dr.Sebi, and just look to improve their mind,body and souls there have been many talented people who have a love for food and health. If you have heard all the health benefits and/or wanting to try something new yet familiar…or you want to add to your growing cookbook. We have some recipes here collected mainly from the internet.

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