RE: Should we supplement with any vitamins?
Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM
First time with no dairy. People tell me to either talk to a doctor before I cut out animal products or to take supplements. Are calcium vitamin b12 or any other supplements necessary during kick start? What about if I continue afterwards without planned recipes?
B12 is the only thing you won't be getting with a good, balanced vegan diet that you'd get with animal foods. That's what the kickstart is designed to do - help folks learn what a balanced vegan plan looks like. At our house, I like to use a simple bit to keep an eye on things - a bean, a green, a grain, then add some color. If the whole plate is monochromatic, stuff is missing. Not only is a colorful plate more appetizing and attractive, but it helps make sure you're getting a good balance and variety of foods. Dark green leafies are a good source of calcium, for example. Also, if you're in a winter climate, you might want to double check the level of vitamin D you are getting - most plant milks and whole grain cereals add vitamin D, but if you're eating basic rolled oats in oatmeal that wouldn't be there, for example.
As with anything, your individual situation will vary so you need to determine what is best for you (especially as far as supplementing goes).