2017 has been the year of drinking green kale smoothies, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and buying waist trainers to obtain that hourglass shape even if you can’t breathe. To continue with the healthy trend this year, most Americans have said nay to animal products and hello to veggies, nuts, tofu, and anything that comes from an animal: vegan.
Most people do not know what becoming a vegan entails.
“Vegan refers to anything that’s free of animal products: no meat, milk, eggs, wool, leather, honey and so forth,” according to the website Vegan.
Now many people usually “like the idea” of becoming vegan, but it takes a strong willed person to convert their diet to A Land Before Time lifestyle. Most people claim to convert to a vegan lifestyle for one of the two reasons: they don’t like the idea of how animals used for consumption die (slaughterhouse) or they want to lead a healthier life.
Automatically hearing the word, you may assume vegan is the healthier option. Although, surprise surprise, there are some pros and cons to becoming vegan if you are thinking of converting over to the green side.
The first misconception that many people automatically think is, “I wont be getting enough calcium or
protein for my muscles!” False. Calcium is not only found in milk products, but also spinach, carrots, oranges, almonds, broccoli, and several more. Protein is not just found in meat, but in so much other foods like, black beans, protein powder drinks, hummus, nuts, asparagus, quinoa, lentils, and broccoli. Some of these protein and calcium sources actually have a higher amount of protein or calcium in them than actual meat with a significantly less amount of fat and cholesterol.
Discontinuing the use and consumption of animal products means that you will no longer get to enjoy convenient, fast-made foods that are generally lower in cost. It is fairly cheap to eat off of the McDonald’s dollar menu, and more expensive to buy a full salad. It is also sometimes difficult to narrow down options at a restaurant when out with friends and it can be a slight inconvenience. Preparing and packing meals can be a hassel for some people, but for others it is worth the effort.
Lastly, some people may assume that avoiding animal products will make them healthier, but watching what you consume is still important to live a healthy lifestyle. Some popular snacks are vegan, but you should not excessively eat unhealthy snacks all the time. The same applies to other forms of carbs, for example rice and bread.
”You should still limit your simple carb consumption. Instead, replace it with complex carbs like wheat bread, brown rice, ezekiel bread or even spaghetti squash. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you have super powers to not gain weight from carbs,” explained vegan of two years and personal trainer Jessica Lankin.
If I’m losing you on this voyage to consider the vegan lifestyle, let’s shine some light in your life real quick. Oreos are in fact vegan! So you can still enjoy a healthy serving of this yummy snack.
This lifestyle is great for your skin due to the amount of nutrients you will be getting from these plant based foods and also your health longevity.
The number one cause of diabetes is from the one and only, consumption of meat. What the Health is a documentary that goes into the lies and corruption behind the American Heart Association and wealthy meat distributions like Johnson n’ Johnson, Oscar Meyer, and Blue Bell all being linked together.
Not only does this documentary fully explain the detailed description of how eating meat can cause diabetes, but even The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) agrees with this documentary. A study conducted by HSPH stated that a person who eats redmeat as big as a deck of cards a day increases their chance of getting diabetes by 19 percent.
Even worse, consuming processed meats half that amount (two slices of bacon comparable) can more than double your chances with a whopping 58 percent. That’s basically just welcoming diabetes into your home.
Becoming vegan may not be “ideal” to the cheeseburger lovin’ fan, but on the other side, what price would you pay for your health? If you want more information on starting your new veggie-tale lifestyle, you can go to rd.com.