The Vegan Starter Shopping List

Get started on the vegan diet with this list of healthy foods.

The Vegan Starter Shopping List

Veganism is not just a fad diet, it is a lifestyle choice. A choice that involves eliminating all foods and ingredients that derive from animals -- including items like eggs and milk. If you're thinking of going vegan but don't know where to start, use this list, from The Latina Vegan, the next time you go to the grocery store.

More: The Beginner's Guide to Going Vegan


Quinoa

Quinoa is a staple in the vegan diet because it is a perfect protein-packed base to use in meals. Try making quinoa bowls with fresh veggies and meat alternatives like tofu and tempeh. This grain is very versatile and can also be made into a filling breakfast, similar in consistency to oatmeal.

More: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Quinoa Recipes

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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