Balance Plate

You are what you eat. I say this because as for a proud vegan, nutrients from the foods you eat provide the foundation, structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body. From your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems, food is a self-serving guide to the human body. One should always be cautious about the food and the things they allow into their body. To help guide you, here are a few tips & notes.

Essential Healthy Diet

  1. Fruits
  2. Vegetables
  3. Grains
  4. Proteins (beans, lentil, peas, peanut butter, etc.)
  5. Calcium
  6. Oils

Macro-nutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein, Lipids)

Carbohydrates

  • 45-65% of Calories
  • Important Source of energy
  • Found in Variety of foods.

Protein

  • 10-15% of Calories (200-300)
  • Highest thermic effect
  • High (Complete Proteins): Vegan

Lipids (Fats)

  • 20-35% of Calories (400-700)
  • Less than 10% from Saturated fats.

Micro-nutrients (Vitamins & Minerals)

Micronutrients, as opposed to macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), are comprised of vitamins and minerals which are required in small quantities to ensure normal metabolism, growth and physical well‐being. 

  • Needed for Chemical reactions
  • Needs vary: Age, gender, weight
  • Dietary Reference intake DRI

Vitamins

Fat-Soluble, Vitamin A, D, E, K

Water- Soluble, Vitamin B and C

  • Vitamin B: Whole Grains, and Fruits…
  • Vitamin C: Orange, Guava, Sweet Peppers, Strawberries, Kiwi…

Fact of the matter is, no single food contains all of the vitamins and minerals we need and, therefore, a balanced and varied diet is necessary for an adequate intake.

Tip: Looking at nutrition labels and color help.

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Published by Nadia Jalloh

As I make the transition to adulthood I have only one question, "Who is Nadia Jalloh?" Over the years, I’ve been doing some self-discovery of my own. I’ve met some amazing people, and I continue to learn from ever source I can. I love how things present themselves in my life. I appreciate every bit of energy flowing in the essence of who I becoming. With that being said it’s time to ignite my fire and share my experiences, what I see, hear, wear, taste, and learn moving forward into my my world. I hope you Enjoy! #EmbraceAttitude https://www.instagram.com/embraceattitude/ https://twitter.com/embraceattitude

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