Vegan Variations Part 4: Vegan with minimal amounts of processed food and special guidelines for medical issues.
Wow! That's a long title for a blog post, but I couldn't think of anything shorter that would convey the meaning of this vegan variation. So, this variation is one for those of you who are inventing your own form of veganism to accommodate your individual needs.
This group of vegans generally eats a vegan diet with minimal inclusion of vegan processed foods and with some other strict rules thrown in to placate health and eating issues, such as gluten intolerance, reflux, food allergies and other special restrictions.
I fall into this category. I have GERD (gastro esophageal reflux) and struggled with eating before I went vegan. The common lists of foods to avoid if you have reflux are:
Black pepper, garlic, raw onions, and other spicy foods.
Citrus fruits and products, such as lemons, oranges and orange juice.
Coffee and caffeinated drinks, including tea and soda.
Alcohol, particularly red wine
This list does not include meat as a trigger, but I must pass along that my digestive system settled down quite a bit when I gave up meat. So, my variation of a vegan diet is to avoid the items on the list of foods above, to avoid all animal products, and to avoid as many processed foods as possible.
Those of you with other special medical needs would exclude those items that aggravate your condition as well as excluding animal products and most processed foods to improve your health.
I know I've said this before, but one of the best things we can do for our health is to minimize or eliminate the use of processed foods. Health improvements will be noticeable as well as an increase in your energy level.
We have one more variation to go and then you will have the continuum of vegan variations …