How to Be Vegan with Cystic Fibrosis

Being vegan is a commitment no matter what your situation is, but it can be particularly difficult for cystic fibrosis patients- especially if your doctors are not supportive and helpful! This article will offer some helpful guidance and tips for being vegan with cystic fibrosis.


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    Know what your body needs. If you have low vitamin levels, low iron levels, if you are underweight, etc. you will need to know this and work even harder to make sure you get all of the proper nutrients on your new vegan diet. Talk to your doctor, have the tests run, and take steps to account for any malnutrition you are starting with. Talk with your doctor about your specific caloric requirements as well.
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    Start the transition. It's not a good idea to drop all animal products from your diet overnight- especially because cystic fibrosis patients can have sensitive digestion as it is.[citation needed] Start with small steps. Switch to rice milk and vegetable-based butter substitutes. Cut out meat, one type at a time. Transitioning is different for everyone, just listen to your body and do what feels right. If you have any questions or concerns at any point in the process, talk to your doctor. Going vegan is a worthwhile and healthy way to live, but if you have any concerns it's best to bring a professional into it and take care of yourself.
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    Look up recipes for vegan meals and get to know high calorie and high fat options you can use. Olive oil is great for adding some healthy fats to a meal. Nuts, legumes, and beans are great sources of additional calories, protein, and fats for vegans. As a vegan with cystic fibrosis, you will need to take extra care to consume high fat foods.[citation needed]
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    After you've been vegan for a month or two, go back in to have your blood tests run. See how your weight has changed and see where your vitamin levels are. Go over the changes with your doctor and discuss any concerns or progress you have made in relation to your cystic fibrosis.
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    Remember why you chose to become vegan. Write it down. Don't forget. Stay passionate about your decision and, when people are critical, don't take it to heart.


  • Keep your vegan meals simple! Going vegan doesn't have to mean tons of complicated meals. Try stir fry- you can have so much variety and it's simple to make. Potatoes are amazing and can be made into so many different meals.
  • Being vegan doesn't have to be expensive. If you are on a tight budget, avoid substitute foods as much as possible (Tofurkey, vegan cheese, etc.), and eat other foods. Beans, rice, lentils, etc.
  • Don't forget why you started! Seek out a vegan community to support you if you don't have support from your family, friends, or doctors.

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