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Have You Experienced Vegan Detox Symptoms? What You Need To Know

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The vegan diet is rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber, and water. This is the main reason why some people experience several vegan detox symptoms. Some are negative while other symptoms are quite positive.

People who have been eating junk for the most part of their life mostly experience the negative vegan detox symptoms. See, you have made your body accustomed to toxins and all sorts of unhealthy components. The antioxidants, water, and fiber in your new vegan diet fight with the overload of toxins to replace this entire system and replenish your body cells naturally.

The good news is that once this fight is over, you start enjoying the positive vegan detox symptoms like everyone else.

So which symptoms am I referring to?

The Positive Vegan Detox Symptoms

Increased Energy

Once you transition to a vegan, you will either feel more energetic or fatigued (I will discuss more on energy loss later). Of course, the nuts and cereals are full-packed with energy. And since we have limited protein options, the vegan diet is rich in carbohydrates which break down easily to release energy.

Vegetables such as kale and spinach are rich in iron, which promotes metabolism.

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And no, you don’t feel hungry faster. The same fiber-rich nuts and vegetables keep you full throughout the day. When I transitioned to the vegan diet, I used to forget the usual mealtimes because my breakfast kept me full until late in the afternoons. And this is excellent if you want to lose weight.

Lustrous skin

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A month after starting the vegan diet you will notice your skin glowing. Most fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which clears up your skin’s toxins and dead cells.

Noticeable Hair and Nails Growth

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Foods such as broccoli, spinach, berries, almonds, are rich sources of biotin, vitamin E, calcium, and protein, which are essential for hair and bone growth.

No More Cravings

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In additions to the fibers filling you up, you get more minerals from a plant-based diet than an animal-based diet. We experience cravings because of lacking some minerals in the body (unless you’re pregnant). As long as you eat a balanced vegan diet, cravings will be a thing of the past.

More Concentration

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Legumes and vegetables are rich in blood protein and iron as well as other essential nutrients. These work together to keep your brain cells more nourished and hence your focus and concentration improve.

Increased libido

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Once you are off dairy milk, your body generates more Estrone, the sex hormone. This hormone is also important in preparing you for pregnancy and bone development. The hormone also stimulates the production of Serotonin, the mood-balancing chemical. And this is ideal for women especially towards menopause, right?

For women, your periods will less painful because of the same hormonal changes.

The Negative Vegan Detox Symptoms

Bloating

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The vegetable and nuts diet is rich in fiber. If you never used to eat foods rich in fiber, your tummy will have indigestion problems leading to bloating.

Nausea

Nausea is also largely contributed to indigestion. Your tummy feels full and uncomfortable, and therefore, you feel like throwing up after meals.

Acne

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Once you start ingesting vegetables rich in antioxidants, they start to get rid of excess fats and dead skin almost immediately. And since these can only be secreted through your skin, acne erupts.

Decrease in energy

This happens to people who were used to having a heavy animal protein diet in the morning. Things like bacon, eggs, and chicken. These are foods high in calories. Once you withdraw them, your body reacts.

Fatigue

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If your body doesn’t feel energized, you will suffer from fatigue. Most people will also complain of watery eyes, migraine, runny nose, and body aches. Luckily, all these negative symptoms have a solution.

Solutions to Counter the Negative Effects

#1

For the digestive tract blockages, try Colonics and Enemas. Forcefully flushing out the toxins blocking your digestive tract is the quickest way to deal with bloating and nausea. These are best administered by a professional clinic.

#2

Keep your body hydrated at all times. Drinking plenty of clean water and natural fruit juices will help fill the energy gap you have created. They also help to clear out acne and skin problems. Avoid vegetable juices while at the negative vegan detox symptoms stage. They only make you worse. Fight the toxins in your body gradually.

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#3

Ensure you get plenty of sleep. Doctors advise us to have at least 7-9 hours of sleep every day. Once you transition to a vegan diet, get 10 hours of sleep or more if possible. When you sleep, your body redirects all your energy to healing and rejuvenation. That is why you wake up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep. And if you have a sleepless night, you feel irritable and clumsy in the morning, right?

#4

Have regular detox salt baths (Epsom salts) and use essential oils. Detox baths target the nerves and muscles. They are, therefore, the ideal solution if you feel aches and muscle cramps. Essential oils, on the other hand, target your skin and brain. Inhaling them (using a diffuser) or adding them to your bath water will help you relax better and take care of issues related to your sinuses (a runny nose and watery eyes).

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#5

To take care of the energy problem, observe your diet. If you were used to a high protein breakfast, make sure you replicate the same amount of calories or even more. And then you can reduce them gradually. For example, a breakfast with Soymilk, chia seeds, and lentils is rich in protein.

Similarly, if you were used to fatty foods, try starting with the vegan Ketogenic diet. Avocadoes, tofu, and coconuts are some of the ingredients in this diet and they contain a good amount of healthy fat.

#6

Finally, exercise regularly; at least until the negative symptoms wear off. Exercises help with natural blood circulation. Include a session or 2 of deep tissue massage each month and regular meditation. You need to clear off your mind and connect with your spiritual realm. This will keep you motivated to continue on this journey.

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In Conclusion

Different people experience different vegan detox symptoms. The intensity also varies. While some might not even notice any symptom, some will be on and off the diet for fear of getting worse. Don’t worry, the negative symptoms don’t last for more than 3-6 months. Make sure that your vegan diet is healthy and balanced in all meals. Once your body adjusts to the new routine, you will be glad you made that decision to go vegan.

Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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Vegan Crepes with 4 Easy and Delicious Serving Suggestions

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Crepes are quick yet delicious additions to breakfasts and desserts. In this article, I will share 3 variations for your vegan Crepes. You can decide to have them all in one serving or alternate these variations for a different taste each day. Without a doubt, you and your friends will be begging for more.

But first, let’s go over a quick and easy to follow recipe for making your very own vegan crepes.

Basic Vegan Crepes Recipe

  • 1-cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup of soymilk
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
  • A dash of vanilla extract (optional)

Procedure

Sift the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to form a thin batter. The secret with crepes is in the consistency. The thinner the batter the thinner and crispier your crepes will be. If you make thick batter, you will struggle to spread the batter and hence you end up making thick pancakes.

In a hot nonstick skillet, add just enough batter to cover the pan. Quickly swirl the pan and allow your batter to flow evenly and coat all sides of the pan.

Let the crepe cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side depending on how thick your batter is. The end results should be a golden brown crepe that tears apart easily.

To serve them, we will use 4 variations.

#1 Blueberry Vegan Cream Cheese Crepes

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  • Use the cooked crepes from the recipe above
  • Spread a vegan cream cheese mixture (either homemade or store bought).
  • Add ½ cup of blueberries or more if you like.
  • Then finish off with mint leaf as garnish.

#2 Chocolate Banana Cream Cheese Crepes

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Who doesn’t love bananas and chocolate? Here are the ingredients:

  • Use the cooked crepes from the recipe above
  • Add a layer of vegan cream cheese.
  • Chop up one medium-sized banana and layer over the cream cheese.
  • Fold crepe in half
  • Sprinkle dark chocolate and serve.

#3 Blood Orange vegan crepes

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  • Slice up one blood orange into 8 slices. Set those aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet on medium heat add the following:
  • 1 tsp. of oil or vegan butter
  • 1/8 cup of brown sugar

Stir this mixture for a minute or two until the sugar melts.

  • Next, add crepes to the pan, making sure the crepes absorb this mixture.
  • Next top up the crepe with 2-3 pieces of blood orange
  • Cover with lid and cook for 2 minutes.

They’re ready to serve.

#4 Vegan crepe served with vegan béchamel

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This vegan crepe recipe is a crowd favorite. It works well with almost any toppings you can think of.

To make the vegan white sauce:

  • Melt coconut oil, cook with almond flour, and your choice of spices.
  • Add nutritional yeast and enough water to form a thick sauce.

Your vegan white sauce is ready to devour.

In addition to vegan cream cheese, sautéed spinach and any berries in season are my favorite toppings to serve with this crepe.

In Conclusion

Vegan crepes can be cooked in so many different ways. You can also substitute wheat flour with the healthier flour alternatives available. Which is your favorite recipe?

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Super-Moist Vegan Orange Cake with a Chocolate Mirror Glaze

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It’s that time of the year when oranges are finally in season. Today, I will share with you a very simple vegan orange cake recipe with a twist. I will also let you in on a simplified version of a chocolate mirror glaze that is popular with wedding cakes and in high-end hotels. Are you excited? Let’s get started.

The Vegan Orange Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 200 g wheat flour – You can also use the gluten-free varieties
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (adjust per your liking)
  • 60 ml soymilk or almond milk
  • 75 ml coconut oil (or any other liquid oil available)
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice
  • Orange zest (1 orange)
  • Lemon zest (1/2 lemon) – optional. Lemon gives the cake a tangy taste to balance out the sweetness of the orange juice.
  • A pinch of salt

Procedure

Preheat your oven to 180ºC (356 F)

Then start by juicing fresh oranges. Measure out the required amount in a large bowl. Now grate just one of the juiced orange rinds and half a lemon rind, and add to the bowl.

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Add all the other wet ingredients and stir until well combined.

Sift in the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt). Gently fold using a wooden spatula until well mixed. It’s OK to have a few lumps so don’t over mix.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is well cooked. 

Let it chill in the fridge as you prepare the glaze.           

For the Chocolate Mirror Glaze

The secret to this recipe is using a thermometer. When tempering chocolate, noting the temperature is very important.

Ingredients

  • 10g Agar agar – Non-vegans use gelatin for the mirror effect. We shall use agar agar. Some retail stores have this labeled as “vegan gelatin”. However, this ingredient can be left out if you don’t need your glazing looking shiny.
  • 125ml water
  • 225g granulated sugar
  • 150g good quality dark vegan chocolate
  • 30g sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 60g coconut cream

Procedure

Mix the agar agar with 4 tablespoons of orange juice (you can use the freshly squeezed orange juice or store bought, or just plain water).

In a shallow pan, bring the water and sugar to a boil with the kitchen thermometer inserted. Add the agar agar just before boiling. Remove this mixture from the heat at exactly 104 ºC (220 F). Add the dark chocolate bars add stir with a whisk until they melt. Sift in the cocoa powder and mix well.

Now add the coconut cream, and mix well. Sieve this liquid to get rid of any lumps. If you’re still not happy with the consistency, use a hand blender and sieve again. The finer the liquid the smoother the glaze will be.

To Serve our Vegan Orange Cake

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Remove your cake from the fridge and swirl the chocolate glaze whichever way you like. You can also cover the entire cake in the glaze. Then let it chill until the glaze is firm enough before you place the final garnish elements. I used mint leaves and berries just before serving my vegan orange cake. Enjoy!

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Vegan Breakfast Sandwich Ideas: Beet, Hummus, and Avocado Combos

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Are you always in a rush in the mornings? These vegan breakfast sandwich ideas are a quick fix yet enjoyable. You can play around with the ingredients to make them even more nutritious. However, go easy on the tangy ingredients like lemon if you intend to share these sandwiches with your kids.

What’s more, you don’t need many cutlery items for these vegan breakfast sandwich ideas. Don’t you just hate it when unwashed dishes pile up!

Vegan Sandwiches with Avocado, Watermelon Radish, and Tomatoes

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The Ingredients

  • Bread slices
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 small watermelon radishes
  • 1/4 bowl of cashew cream
  • 2 tomatoes
  • a handful of cilantro leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

Procedure

Spread the cashew cream on your bread slices. You can make cashew cream by blending raw cashew nuts. To make it easier on your blender, soak them overnight or at least 4 hours.

Chop the watermelon radishes, avocado, and tomato into thin uniform slices. Then arrange them neatly on the bread.

Season with salt and pepper.

Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Healthy Beet Hummus Avocado Rye Breakfast Sandwiches

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For Beet Hummus

The Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized beetroot
  • 1 bowl of cooked lentils
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Procedure

Peel the beetroot and chop into small pieces.

Squeeze the juice out of the lemon and mix all the ingredients in a food processor.

If you can’t stand the taste of raw beets, you can pre-cook them before pureeing.

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For the Base

The Ingredients

  • Slices of rye bread
  • 1 avocado
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Procedure

Toast the rye bread.

Spread the beet hummus on both slices of bread.

Peel the avocado and slice it into thin pieces.

Arrange these avocado slices on top of the bread.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Vegan Sandwiches with Beetroot Hummus, Cucumber, and Vegan Cheese

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For the Vegan Cheese

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Procedure

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Soak the cashews for at least 4 hours to soften.

Drain the liquid and blend them with the rest of the ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a pot and stir under medium heat until it thickens.

Let it cool down. You can portion and store the extra vegan cheese in the refrigerator

For the Base

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of rye bread
  • ½ cup of beetroot hummus
  • 1 cucumber
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

Procedure

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Toast the rye bread. Depending on your preference, you can either cut off the crusts or leave them.

Slice the cucumber into thin rounds.

Spread the beetroot hummus on the toasted rye bread.

Scoop the vegan cheese and spread it on top of the hummus.

Now place the cucumber pieces and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

In Conclusion

You don’t have to play by the book when it comes to vegan sandwiches. Feel free to substitute an ingredient in the recipe with what you like. Your days of missing breakfast are over. Try these easy vegan breakfast sandwich ideas today!

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