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4 Reasons To Adopt A Vegan Lifestyle

Vegan: a person who refuses to eat anything of animal origin or use animal based products in their food.

For the Animals

Many people who adopt a vegan lifestyle are animal rights activists and begin their venture into vegan-ism to protest mistreatment of animals intended for human consumption.  Disturbing videos of animals being slaughtered have recently emerged.  Some animals are beaten to death with bats or picked up and thrown on the concrete floor until death mercifully takes them. Yet during the butchery, the animal suffers the same pain as any human-being feels when battered.

Some vegans have chosen not to be a part of this cruelty or support such practices. They refuse to eat anything animal based.  Why do some refuse to use animal products such as milk, eggs, or butter, in their food?  It has long been a practice on farms that when production of profitable goods decreases, the animal is slaughtered for meat.  Since bullocks don’t produce milk, they are raised as veal and slaughtered at a young age.

Weight Loss

Who hasn’t been on a diet at one time or another?  Who hasn’t heard the arguments about how to achieve the desired weight goal?  Count calories, count points, eat the pyramid, no carbohydrates, low carbohydrates, high-protein, high-fiber, and other trends.

Not with the vegan lifestyle.  Nothing needs to be counted or documented.  Vegans simply eat as much as he or she desires from these food groups: leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and herbs.  By avoiding animal products, calories are naturally reduced.  Whole grains aid in the feeling of satiation, further reducing caloric intake.   Whole vegetables and fruits naturally energize the body, increasing activity.  Science has proven that reducing caloric intake and increasing activity is the best combination for shedding unwanted pounds.  The vegan diet may be a great way to lose a few pounds, provided enough food is eaten daily to provide proper nutrition.  Avoid the temptation to eat less like on traditional diets.  Limiting consumption is not necessary and can rob the body of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Health

The vegan lifestyle is naturally low-fat and high fiber that raises HDL cholesterol and acts as a mini vacuum cleaner, cleaning and opening the arteries.  When the arteries are clean of the “gunk”, LDL levels are lowered along with the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Nutritionists have debated the possibility of vitamin deficiency in the vegan diet.  One concern is the lack of protein. Beans, peas, and lentils have approximately 16 grams of protein per cup. They are also low-fat, high-fiber, and cholesterol free, making them the perfect protein powerhouse.

At one time, it was thought that we could–and possibly should– remove all fats from our diets.  After extensive research it was determined that our hair and nails, as well as other parts of our body, need some fat to be healthy.  The right kind of fat may be found in unsalted nuts, seeds, and avocado.

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in America.  This trend may be reversed by a change in diet.  Even after patients are diagnosed, making changes in their diet will result in positive changes in their health.  One complaint of most patients about the recommended diabetic diet requires counting carbohydrates, fat, and calories.  The vegan diet is a great way to counter type 2 diabetes.   There’s no counting and nothing to remember except avoid food with animal based products.  An added bonus is the low glycemic index of the whole vegetables will refrain from raising blood sugar rapidly, in turn lowering the A1C level.

Environment 

Studies show that growing fruits and vegetables requires about one-third the land as needed to raise animals for food.  As the earth’s population grows, we need to use our land as efficiently as possible.  Using the land to grow fruits and vegetables would not only be using the land more efficiently, but producing more sustainable food. This food would be more filling, nutritious, and economical for feeding third world countries.

Decaying plants, such as corn stalks after corn has been harvested, breaks down in the soil replenishing nutrients in the soil.  One of the best replenishes is legumes, that take nitrogen out of the air and adds it back into the soil.

The Vegan Lifestyle

The vegan lifestyle may not be for everyone; but for those who want to lose weight while not worrying about count and documenting what they eat; improve their health naturally: help protect animals from unnecessary abuse;, and organically enrich the soil, it can be the ticket.  It is not just a diet.  It is a way of life requires a paradigm shift.  Once achieved, the feeling of knowing you were instrumental in making changes that were good for everyone is worth the effort.

About Clara Valdez

Clara is a dietitian, nutritionist and professional speaker specializing in prevention and performance. She believes that a healthy life is synonymous consuming nutritious food.

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