Vegans can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with benefits such as:
- low in animal fats
- low in cholesterol
- high in fiber
- high in minerals
- high in vitamins
- high in antioxidants
- high in vegetable proteins
- improved energy
- improved digestion
- improved brain function
- improved memory
- improved concentration and alertness
- improved skin tone
- reduced risk of stroke
- reduced risk of cancer
- reduced risk of heart attack
- reduced risk of obesity
- decreased cellular damage
- reduced sluggishness and lethargy
What about all my vitamins and minerals, you ask?
Everything can be obtained through a plant based diet and that which cannot, can easily be supplemented. Vitamin B12 usually raises a few eyebrows, but even this vitamin in a meat based diet can be lacking.
To obtain the highest quality vitamins and minerals just make sure the food is coming from a reputable source. The soil where the vegetables and fruits are grown should be fertile and nutrient rich to allow those nutrients to pass through to the food. Having a garden is optimal, as you know exactly where your food comes from. Organic is the next best choice. The fresher your food, the more live energy that passes to you.
What about balancing meals?
The trick to getting all nutrients is to make sure to have a variety of different food types. Even for meat eaters, this is difficult. If you eat processed dead animal 3 times a day on a sandwich bun, you will be nutrient deficient. This is the same for a vegan who may eat a lot of “junk” vegan food or processed foods. Though many “junk” foods are vegan, that does not mean that have energy that serves your body. Think of life and ask yourself, how much life does an apple have in it plucked off the tree compared with an oreo cookie that has been sitting on a store shelf for 6 months? True, plastic may be vegan, but how can it improve your quality of physical life?
People say you have to eat meat to get protein. Is it true?
This is a fallacy. It is true that meat contains protein. But many vegetables contain protein, too. And sometimes in higher quantities. Beans, lentils, peas, soy (the highest quantity) and some grains such as Kamut and Quinoa all contain high quality protein. These foods contain things such as fiber, vitamins and minerals that meat doesn’t contain. Meat, on the other hand has fat, cholesterol and sodium, which our body doesn’t need. Plus it has all the hormones, chemicals, antibiotics and who knows what else, if it’s factory farmed.
We also have to look at how much our body can absorb. A high quality protein is the best way to maximize absorption. Just like with vitamins, if we have problems in our stomach wall lining and are not getting what we need, it could be linked to a problem with absorption. Anything that is not absorbed and used for our muscles will be used by our bones, turned to fat or excreted.
Large amounts of protein can actually be harmful to our bodies causing problems with the kidneys and liver. Since the body has to filter anything unnecessary out, the more filtering we do the more our liver and kidneys are used.
Exact number needed? Usually 50-60 grams of protein per day is sufficient for many people. If you are an athlete or bodybuilder, the first thing you need to do is stop listening to other athletes or bodybuilders. Many eat too much protein (from unhealthy sources) AND take unnatural hormones and supplements claiming that it was only their protein intake and weightlifting that got them to that point. They won’t tell you it’s the human growth hormones or steroids they are taking. So if they tells you different, talk to a vegan athlete or bodybuilder first. There are plenty out there that are very strong, fast, agile or have extremely muscular builds without the increased health risks.by