A vegan diet is a diet that avoids all animal products. There are many ethical reasons that people choose a vegan diet for, but also for health reasons, too. A vegan diet is overall better for your body, makes weight loss or the maintaining of weight easier and offers better protection against chronic diseases.
What is a vegan diet?
Essentially, vegans are vegetarians that have taken their eating habits one step further and have cut out all animal products. Vegans are committed to eating more plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. In addition, most vegans cut out ultra-processed foods such as sugar and white carbs.
What do vegans eat?
When speaking of veganism and going vegan, many people who are new to the concept often believe that they will starve if they go vegan. This idea could not be further from the truth. Vegans have a wide variety of food choices available, and these days, most restaurants feature menu items catering to vegans.
To give an example, when you become a vegan, breakfast instead of eating bacon and fried eggs could be oatmeal, fruit and nuts. Lunch might be a veggie-packed salad with beans while dinner could feature tofu, sweet potatoes, crunchy vegetables and slices of fresh fruit.
Examples of the types of food that vegans eat include:
Nuts and seeds
Nut milks and nut butters
Dried fruits and vegetables
All sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables
Health benefits of eating vegan
Studies have shown that eating vegan is better for the heart and the waistline. Changing one’s diet to favor plants instead of a diet that is high in sugar, refined carbs, dairy and meat cuts back on calories which is great for those watching their figures. A vegan diet is also good for gut health as consuming a plant-based diet loads the gut up with probiotics which help to maintain a healthy gut environment. A plant-based vegan diet is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients.
Vegan for One Week: Take the Challenge
Interested in veganism, but don’t know where to start? Take the challenge! Santosa challenges you to Eat Vegan for One Week. It’s a fun way to try a vegan diet and learn about your health.
Vegan for One Week: Take the Challenge
Being vegan isn’t difficult. It’s just learning to eat in a much healthier way.
What are the rules?
No meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or dairy for one week (7 days)
Announce to your friends, family and social media followers that you are doing the challenge
Tag Santosa Detox & Wellness Center or Santosa Vegan Restaurant on Instagram, and don’t forget our dedicated hashtags:
Ready to start? All you have to do is make a commitment! Replace all non-vegan food items with loads of fresh fruit, delicious vegetables and whole grains. The more plant-based your Vegan for One Week Challenge can be the better!
This challenge is easy and fun, plus we have some great prizes based on Vegan For One Week Challenge social media posts.
1st Prize: Healthy Eating Program for 3 days including accommodation
A lot of people are interested in going vegan, but many of them are held back by fear and misconception. Going vegan does not mean you have to give up everything you love to eat. However, it does mean that you will shift to a plant-based diet and find healthier, vegan options for a variety of favorite items. To be honest, going vegan is not what you think and it certainly does not mean you are condemned to eating boring salads for the rest of your life.
Going vegan is a lot easier than it seems. There are a wide variety of supermarkets, restaurants and cafes that now cater to the vegan diet and in addition to the norm of fresh fruits and vegetables, there are a great many delicious recipes that offer a creative take on classic favorites that are all plant-based and vegan friendly.
Here at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center, we are proud to host a unique, creative raw and vegan restaurant. Santosa Vegan Restaurant prides itself on utilizing natural, fresh local produce bought every morning for our menu items. Our Italian chef pays painstaking attention to detail and creates excellent starters, side dishes, pastas, main dishes, soups, salads and desserts.
An example of our innovative menu includes a signature Starter called Awaken. Stuffed with a mix of vegetables and fruit, wrapped in Alga Nori Rolls and served with Soya Sauce, Awaken bursts with fresh flavors. It’s a simple dish that is filling and unique, and just one of our delicious menu items.
As mentioned our chef is Italian, and therefore puts a creative Italian spin on many of the menu items. Have you ever tried vegan pasta? Our choices of vegan pasta are so delicious. Some menu items are made with wholesome zucchini and are served raw, while we also have a raw vegan lasagna called Sila which features cashew nut cheese. All of our vegan pastas are so delicious, and believe it or not, so very Italian.
The menu at Santosa Vegan Restaurant also has a main dishes, fresh and zesty soups and salads as well as healthy takes on desserts such as raw chocolate cheesecake. Every Saturday, we host a very popular vegan buffet that gives patrons the chance to sample many delicious dishes and desserts in our beautiful, tropical open-air terrace setting.
Going vegan is not what you think and a dining experience at the vegan restaurant in Santosa Detox & Wellness Center proves that. Stop in and dine with us to experience just how delicious and creative vegan cuisine can be.
If you would like more information on going vegan, our vegan restaurant or the many detox and wellness programs we offer on-site, simply fill out the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to welcoming you to both Santosa Detox & Wellness Center and the Santosa Vegan Restaurant.
Exciting changes are afoot at our wonderful vegan restaurant within the Santosa Detox and Wellness Center complex as a new menu launch is set for the 5th of September 2016. Furthering on our successful vegan dishes, the new menu highlights a whole food plant based diet rich in delicious new menu options.
A whole food plant based diet is a diet that is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. It often excludes or minimizes meat, eggs and dairy products as well as refined foods such as flour, sugar and oil. A whole food plant based diet is a healthy diet, one that is good for your body and your longevity.
Often times, people have the misconception that a healthy diet, or a vegan or whole food plant based diet, consists of only being able to eat boring meals of salads and leafy greens. This misconception is completely wrong. Just because something is good for you does not mean that it can’t be delicious, too!
Our new menu includes a wide variety of innovative new dishes featuring fresh and exuberant flavors. For example, our new menu starter Peace features raw cauliflower, bean sprouts and and black olive tapenade, and it’s enhanced with the super food sesame seeds. It is a light and delicious appetizer. Our unique soup Yogic is a refreshing cucumber and basil gazpacho with cilantro and lime as well as Spirulina. The soup packs a flavorful punch to the palate. A creative spin on a local Thai favorite View is a raw Pad Thai dish featuring sweet and sour hints of tamarind.
The new menu at Santosa Vegan Restaurant also features some out of this world dessert; yes, dessert can be healthy! Made from ingredients such as pistachio nuts, mangos, and cacao, our raw cheesecakes are to die for! We are also now offering an assortment of vegan ice cream and sorbet choices, available in one, two or three scoops for good measure.
With the launch of the new menu, we also launch an exciting addition to our ever-popular vegan buffet. Starting the 5th of September, our vegan buffet will now be offered on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Now, there are two reasons to eat healthy each week! If you have not yet tried our vegan buffet, please do make a reservation and come and see for yourself what all of the fuss is about. Fresh, local ingredients are made into wholesome, innovative, delicious and best of all, healthy, meals. Stop in on Wednesday or Saturday to enjoy the spectacular sunset views and see what all of the fuss is about!
Santosa Vegan Restaurant in Phuket, Thailand
If you are interested in sampling some of our menu items or booking a spot for the vegan buffet, simply fill out the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Here at Santosa, we believe that it’s possible for healthy eating to taste good and we are excited for you to experience our fantastic restaurant and tasty menu items. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Vegan Restaurant high in the hills above Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand.
Veganism is wrapped in many myths and misconceptions. In truth, going vegan does not have to be difficult. You can still eat comfort food, you can still save money at the grocery store or market, and regardless of what you may have heard, you can still frequent your favourite restaurants. Although going vegan is a lifestyle change, it is a positive change and one that can truly be very easy.
What is a vegan?
A vegan is a person who avoids eating animal products. As veganism is a plant-based diet, vegans tend to have lower rates of obesity, and on average weigh 5 to 20 percent less than regular meat eaters. For some, the philosophy of veganism reaches beyond the plate. Many vegans do not wear animal products and avoid products with animal ingredients or those that test on animals. Studies have proven that veganism existed in ancient India and Greece, so although it has recently gained momentum with regards to certain environmental and health movements, veganism is not a fad diet.
Steps to going vegan
Making changes to your everyday meals is without a doubt the easiest way to start your path to becoming a vegan. The best way to start is by removing meat or dairy one day a week and continue from there. There is a plant-based alternative for almost every type of food you come into contact with, so in all sincerity, you do not have to miss out on any of your favourite snacks or foods. Going vegan can simply be started by switching out the cow’s milk you drink with almond milk or soy milk, or substituting butter with the healthier alternative of coconut oil.
Will I get enough protein?
The answer is absolutely yes. You will get enough protein from eating plants. Many vegans meet the necessary dietary requirements of protein by eating a variety of beans and legumes such as lentils, eating cooked spinach and other leafy greens as well as adding soy products such as tempeh to their meals.
Doing vegan the right way
As a vegan, you need to make sure that you are not missing out on essential nutrients. One of those key nutrients is vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 helps with brain and nervous system functions and is found naturally in many animal-sourced foods. As a vegan, you can eat fortified nutritional yeast and sprinkle it over dishes such as pasta to get a buttery taste. If you are concerned about missing out on essential nutrients, just make sure that you are eating a wide variety of plant-based foods.
Many vegans center their diet around fresh fruit and vegetables in addition to beans, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Purchasing in bulk is an economical way to stock your kitchen with vegan ingredients.
Like any lifestyle change, going completely vegan won’t necessarily happen overnight. Becoming a vegan takes a bit of getting used to, and you also need to take it slow and figure out what works best for you. Try new things, and expose your taste buds to a wide variety of new foods and flavours. Find your food comfort zone and don’t give up. There are so many meals that can be prepared from staples you already have in your kitchen, and many restaurants these days have vegan-friendly options.
How to go vegan in Phuket?
Going vegan in Phuket is easier than you might think. Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits abound, and there are also a wide variety of organic options as far as produce and dry goods are concerned. It is quite easy to replace eggs and dairy in any recipe, and Phuket has the available resources in a number of supermarkets to experiment with a variety of vegan-friendly recipes. Also, the vegan community is growing in Phuket, and there are a lot of individuals willing to help you on our journey.
Santosa Vegan Restaurant
The vegan restaurant at Santosa serves modern vegan and raw food in a relaxed setting. The restaurant offers a stunning view of the Andaman Ocean, and is the view is glorious at sunset. It is the perfect place to enjoy the ultimate, guilt-free fine dining experience. Our healthy, plant-based menu helps to restore alkalinity while exciting the palate with fresh, exuberant flavours.
We offer a vegan buffet every Saturday at our restaurant starting at 18:30pm. Chef Mauro wows every guest with his raw, culinary creations. If you are looking for the ultimate vegan dining experience, please call +66 (0) 76 330 600 for a reservation, or simply fill out the form below.