1. You’re not eating enough protein
Protein is the one food group that is should be the focus of a new vegan diet with getting adequate protein the main aim.
Adequate protein is also an essential as part of a weight loss programme.
A study of men and women following a weight loss diet where one group ate the recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein or twice or three times the RDA, found that the latter groups lost the most of fat and therefore had the highest weight loss.
However, unless you carefully consider your meals, planning and prepping, you may find that you’re not ensuring good quality proteins in the right quantities.
There is no doubt it is harder to achieve this on a vegan diet but by no means impossible or even that hard, but you cannot rely on haphazard choices.
How to get adequate protein
Increasing your beans and pulses will go a long way to ensuring good protein.
So when you’re shopping pick up one of each type; any colour, shape or size and add to a soup (homemade or shop-bought), sprinkle half a tin on a salad or add extra to a casserole.
Quinoa is a grain that is a complete protein, providing all the essential amino acids that must come from the diet.
Eating quinoa in place of a carbohydrate such as pasta, bread or potatoes will increase the protein quantity of your meal.
Nuts and seeds are also good sources and can be eaten as a nutritious snack or sprinkled on a salad for added texture.
If you’re not managing a balanced diet at the outset of your new vegan diet, a pea, hemp or rice protein supplement powder in a smoothie can also boost your protein intake.