The Benefits Of Going Vegan
In today's society within North America many people find it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have a difficult time with losing weight. Unfortunately, with all of the processed foods that are easily available it makes it almost impossible to lose weight and/or have a healthy lifestyle.
However, by going VEGAN you can solve these issues and help yourself get the results and accomplish your goals that you have set up for yourself.
What is Veganism?
Veganism or being vegan is a practice and a type of vegetarian that excludes meat and animals products from their diet.
This allows individuals to experience increased energy; healthier looking skin and weight loss. In addition, this lifestyleÂ helps avoid common diseases that are affecting millions of people that are living off the North American diet.
However, veganism goes beyond just the diet and what someone eats. For example, it prevents animal exploitation and decreases the carbon footprint by avoiding animal food and products.
Nutrition & Health Benefits:
Reduced Saturated Fats - Saturated fats are found in all dairy and animal products. Therefore, by having a vegan diet it allows you to reduce the intake significantly.
This will lower your chances of having high cholesterol, heart attacks, and clogged arteries.
Increases Vitamin Intake - A vegan diet allows individuals to have a higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, this means that you will have an easier time getting all the vitamins that you need to maintain a healthy body in a natural way.
Lower Body Mass Index - Research studies have shown how a vegan diet helps lower individual's body mass index. This is because this diet reduces unwanted and unhealthier fats that are not needed in your body.
Weight Loss - A vegan diet helps aid you to eat a healthier diet. This is because you will not be exposed to eating out and fast foods. This will help reduce the saturated fats in your diet which will help you work towards weight loss.
Boost in Energy - Through research and observation, a vegan diet is known to help increase energy. For example, even Tony Gonzalez a professional athlete went from a meat diet to a vegan diet and noticed more energy.
Healthier Skin - When you are on a vegan diet a lot of the diet consists of nuts, vegetables, and fruits. As a result, many people have healthier and younger looking skin. It also reduces the look of blemishes.
Longer Life - Recent studies have shown that people that are on a healthier diet have a better chance in living a longer and healthier life. This maybe be because you are not exposing yourself to harmful chemicals and bad fats that are found in the Americanized diets.
Reduces Body Odor & Bad Breath - Eliminating dairy and red meat from your diet reduces body odor and bad breath.
Healthier Hair - It has been known that by eating a vegan diet it can help people develop stronger, longer and healthier looking hair.
This is because of all the natural nutrients and vitamins you are getting out of this healthy diet.
Migraines - Studies have been shown that consuming a vegan diet will help with the reduction and relief from migraines on some individuals.
Allergies - Having a reduction or no amount of dairy, meat and eggs is linked to fewer allergy symptoms which a lot of people experience; especially during the spring season and being outdoors.
Better Overall Health - A vegan diet typically helps aid lowering cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and lowers the risk of death from heart disease. In addition, there have many studies shown and proven that you do not need to eat meat or have meat products in your diet to be healthy.
In addition, by having a vegan diet individuals end up eating more raw, organic, fat-free and gluten-free foods which is a lot healthier for your overall health.
There are many more benefits that come with being on a vegan diet that go beyond health and weight loss. For Example:
Animals - By being a part of veganism you are helping stop animal exploitation.
Environment - A vegan diet helps reduce your carbon footprint. This is because growing plants take a lot less resources to produce; whereas, breeding animals take up a lot of natural and unnatural resources from our planet.
Hormone Consumption - Many animals are given hormones to speed up their growth and to make them bigger. These hormones are not healthy for them, and if you consume meat you are also putting these unhealthy hormones into your own body.
Antibiotics - antibiotics are given to a lot of animals which can lead to bacterial resistance.
Coli & Salmonella - you can develop E. Coli and/or Salmonella by eating contaminated meat and raw meat. As a result, it can cause serious health risks.
What to Eat?
Many people think that being on a vegan diet is hard, a lot of work and that there are not many options out there. However, this assumption is wrong! This is because there are many options that are available and many great recipes that you can also find online.
Here are some vegan diet ideas:
- Kale Chips
- Pita and Humus
- Sweet potato fries
- Fruit & peanut Butter
- Vegan cereal with almond milk
- Pre-packaged instant oatmeal
- Kale, parsley and cilantro smoothie
- Scrambled tofu can mix anything into it
Lunch & Dinner:
- Quinoa salad
- Bean salad
- Vegetable soup - vegetable broth, quinoa, and veggies
- Black beans and rice
- Vegan meat substitutes - crab, bacon, fish, chicken etc.
Yes, there are even dessert options. There are many pre-made vegan desserts that you can find in the store, but there are many vegan desserts recipes that you can also find online.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup margarine (make sure it's vegan margarine!)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Ener-G Egg Replacer for 2 eggs (prepared according to package instructions)
- 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips.
Cook for 10 minutes!
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.