Gluten Free and Vegan Lifestyle

Gluten Free and Vegan Lifestyle

A lot of people are opting for a vegan and gluten-free lifestyle. Many also take it another step further and also eliminate soy (a common food allergen).  For some, this is the ultimate diet to support optimal nourishment, low inflammation potential, ethical and environmental consciousness. This type of lifestyle takes dedication and preparation. It is a lifestyle more than just a diet and ultimately becomes part of one's identity.
One of the keys to success is learning to prepare simple and delicious meals so that when life is busy, nourishing and filling foods are available. Some great tips include:


The Gluten-Free Vegan
  • Quinoa salads or bean salads prepared in a large batch. These are both filling and easy to pack for lunch or warm up for a snack. Add sun-dried tomato, olives, fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and chopped veggies for a delicious meal. Top with cubes of avocado for a creamy finish!
  • Humus with carrot and celery sticks.
  • Berries and raw nuts/seeds in a container or pre-combined in a bowl in the fridge.
  • Apple slices with unsweetened almond or hazelnut butter.
  • Always have a pot of brown rice or wild rice cooked and ready to go. You can easily combine veggies (frozen or fresh) and beans to this in a pinch and warm up if time is a concern or you just feel too tired for a major meal prep!
  • Hemp seeds sprinkled on gluten-free cereals or on salads help with protein boost and healthy fats.
Vegan and gluten-free diet questions come up a lot in my practice, particularly when someone is an athlete or is concerned about protein intake. I don't personally like relying too much on any powders or bars as major meal replacements since whole foods are always the best option. However, in some cases they can really help with recovery, muscle building or when you just don't have the time to make a healthy snack. Here are some of my favorite protein replacement options:
The Thrive Diet
  • Vega by Sequeal Naturals: This is a great vegan, gluten free, soy-free protein option. My personal favorite is Performance Protein right after a workout and then I choose a small meal of whole foods, but they offer smoothie options that could replace a small meal. Taste is sometimes an issue with protein powder that contain a lot of vitamins. Triathlete Branden Brazier, the founder of Vega products, has several books available that I recommend for comprehensive information regarding being a gluten-free vegan and an athlete.
  • Sun Warrior Brown Rice Protein: Vegan and gluten-free powder that is suitable for a raw food diet
    It is possible to follow this lifestyle but it takes focus and commitment. Many people feel that it makes a big difference to their quality of life, vitality and purpose.

    It may not be for everyone but I encourage you to consider incorporating more vegan or vegetarian based meals in your lifestyle with an emphasis on vegetables, beans, legumes, and gluten-free whole grains!

    Article By: Dr. Carrie Watkins
    Naturopathic Doctor

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