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In the name of health

Worried you’re not getting enough vitamins this winter?

As a vegan, you’ve probably been caught in the hilarious paradox of confused health questioning from carnivores — ‘You’re vegan? You must be super healthy’ pitted against the classic, ‘Aren’t vegans deficient in everything?

I hope you’re taking supplements’. Whilst a varied plant-based diet is indeed rich in many of the nutrients that our bodies need to thrive, being vegan doesn’t necessarily equate to being healthy, and there are certain vitamins that can be more difficult to attain in large enough quantities. There are deficiencies that can form as a result of any diet — vegan or not, and so everyone should keep an eye on what vitamins and minerals they are obtaining. Whether you’ve always kept a check on your own levels, or have never really given them much thought, either through your diet or supplementing, we’ve put together a guide to help you out.

What are vitamins and minerals?

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients our bodies need to be able to function properly and remain healthy. They perform hundreds of roles within the body, helping us to strengthen bones, heal wounds, and bolster the immune system. They are also essential for converting food into energy, and repairing cellular damage. Most people get all of the nutrients they need by consuming a varied and balanced diet, however, people can be naturally deficient in certain vitamins and some diets and lifestyles, including vegan, if not planned properly, can mean that it is more difficult to obtain all of the vitamins needed.

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About Vegan Life

Time and time again we ask what the best way to advocate is, and the answer most people here at Vegan Life HQ give is food. It’s the time of year when we tend to spend more time at home, and cooking over a hot stove or spending an afternoon baking seems much more appealing and less of a chore than it did in summer. So now is the ideal time to get in the kitchen and start trying out some new and delicious recipes. If you think you could never bake a loaf of bread, now is the time to try. If you worry that your curry lacks flavour or your homemade brunch consists of toast and marmite, get experimenting. We’ve rounded up some brilliant dishes to cater for all palates, and I implore you to give them a whirl and then, crucially, share them. Be that person at work sending a company-wide email declaring there are vegan cakes in the tea room (try the Lamingtons on p69 — they are divine). Invite your friends over for an Ethiopian feast they’ll never forget (head to p74 to see how) and tempt your family to dinner with an aubergine pilaf cake (see p62). And whilst you have your nearest and dearest gathered around, with full stomachs and, hopefully, open minds, start a conversation about veganism. You never know what seeds you might plant. It’s all excellent prep for the upcoming December festivities. I hope you enjoy the supplement with this issue, which has everything you need to veganise your Christmas. Have a great month, Phillipa Smith

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