Eating a vegan diet is not only about sacrifice for animals and the environment, though that is enough reason for most people to go vegan and stick with it. Here’s a list of some not-so-subtle things that eating a vegan diet can do to enhance YOUR life. If you’re on the fence, this will speak to your selfish sensibilities. You can eat a delicious balanced vegan diet and receive these benefits and more!
-Have a Healthy Heart. Eating vegan means you are not eating unhealthy cholesterol and saturated fats. You’re not clogging up your arteries. You’re lowering your blood pressure. You’re eating a lot of heart-healthy foods daily. If you have high cholesterol or blood pressure already, this is nonnegotiable. Go vegan NOW!! You’ll get results!
-Lose Weight. No, this isn’t an automatic thing. There are overweight vegans. You have to eat a healthy balanced diet and then you will lose weight because you are eating much healthier food, without the saturated fat of heavy animal products. I lost twenty pounds by switching from a vegetarian diet full of cheese and ice cream to a vegan diet that still includes plenty of treats.
-Reduce Your Risk of Many Diseases. Eating plenty of fiber and a variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, while eliminating the unhealthy animal products is a great way to increase your protection against diseases such as colon and other types of cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more. Risk of prostate, colon and breast cancer can be dramatically reduced by replacing meat and diary products fresh fruits and vegetables. Plenty of leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. A gluten-free vegan diet can relieve suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. A healthy vegan diet can help prevent osteoporosis as well.
-You’ll Get PLENTY of Protein. You will be asked “How do you get your protein?” on a daily basis, but relax, because you will have all you need and more. Protein from plant based sources–soy, wheat protein, nuts, whole grains, vegetables, and beans–are more easily assimilated by your body so you need less. Besides, estimates of how much protein people need have been vastly inflated. With protein, more (than the RDA) is not necessarily better. There do not appear to be health advantages to consuming a high protein diet, and diets that are high in protein may even increase the risk of osteoporosis and kidney disease. Soybeans, quinoa (a grain), and spinach are high-quality protein sources.
-Get More “Glow” and Energy. You will benefit from the direct energy within healthful, mostly natural foods, rather than funneling it through a dead animal or animal excretions and associated toxins, and that energy will go directly to you. You’ll feel energetic and look radiant!
-Feel Clean. There’s just this clean, clear, happy karma feeling you get when you know you’re eating pure foods that are not derived from the death or abuse of another creature.
-Explore What Turns You On (In a Culinary Sense). What better way to kickstart a new passion for food than by exploring all the new options you’ll have? Don’t look at it as restriction, because I have never met a carnivore who eats the variety that any of us vegans do. There’s a virtually limitless of new foods available to the vegan to try.
-You don’t have to give up chewy, meaty food. The new vegan meats mimic any kind you’re used to, and every one that comes out gets closer and closer to the taste of real meat, so much that many vegans can’t even bear to eat them!
-You don’t have to give up dessert! Just pick up a copy of Sweet Utopia: Simply Stunning Vegan Desserts and you can enjoy easy-to-make, indulgent desserts that have no cholesterol and are a whole lot healthier for you.
-For the ladies–Have a Healthy Pregnancy. I had two marvelous, easy and healthy pregnancies that I attribute to eating a vegan diet. And yes, I still caved in to all my vegan cravings. But the base diet is so healthy and well-rounded that you will get the nutrients you need to grow another life in abundant health.
So, you can be a little self-centered and enjoy a vegan diet today!!