Top 10 Benefits of Veganism

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve been reading about Veganism or maybe you have thought to your to try it for a month, my answer is ‘Go For It’, give yourself a four-week challenge cutting out meats and dairy.

You will feel the difference.

Here are some of my top ten tips to encourage you or your friends:

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1. Nutritional value

Several studies have reported that vegan diets, when followed correctly, tend to contain more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Vegan diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms

2. Our moods

Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact it was discovered that vegans and vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.

3. Disease prevention

Due to the fact that they contain fewer saturated fats, vegan diets have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and what’s more, data shows conclusively that vegans and vegetarians suffer from fewer diseases caused by a modern Western diet (e.g. coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others).

4. ​​Fewer migraines

As well as playing its role in reducing the risks of certain diseases, the vegan diet can also help to reduce the onset of migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to our diets and food is a common trigger. Foods like chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. Vegan diets, especially organic ones are much purer and much less likely to be triggers for an attack.

5. Weight loss

A bonus to sticking to a vegan diet is the positive effect it has on our figure. Vegans typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Improving athletic performance

While most active individuals focus on protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance. Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian sportsmen continues to rise, world tennis stars and sisters Venus and Serena Williams for example, announced they were going vegan in 2011.

7. Our skin

Vegans tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration – all that extra vitamin c and consequent collagen leads to much better skin.

8. Protecting the environment

A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires much less energy and farmland to feed a vegan. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment– from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.

9. Balancing hormones

Hormones such as oestrogen can be responsible for causing breast cancer if levels become too excessive. A New York study found levels of oestrogen can be increased by animal fats. Vegans have significantly lower oestrogen levels than non-vegans, in part because of the lower fat content of their diet.

10. ​Longevity

Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.

I hope the above gives you some inspiration to give it a try or to spread the word, please continue to share my blogs.

 

 

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Vaganism and Activists Don’t Mix

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I’d share my thoughts.

The other day on Good Morning Britain (GMT), Piers Morgan put the so-called 15 minutes of fame Vegan activist Joey Carbstrong to shame in an interview.

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Veganism is not in any way about being an activist, true Vegans accept meat eaters and merely promote the benefits and knowledge of having a plant-based diet.

It really annoys me when characters like Carbstrong are given the platform to talk rubbish and claim to be Vegans when they, in fact, don’t value life or respect people who are meat eaters.

Veganism is about nature, mindfulness and valuing our bodies and Earth.

As Veganism continues to grow I will do my best to spread the word and give my meaning and understanding as to what I see as being ‘New World Vegan’.

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Top Vegan Energy Foods

Hi Everyone,

The weather has been great and World Cup even greater, all of which we must ensure our energy levels are high.

Therefore, I give you some top tips of Vegan foods which will boost your energy levels to cheer our England team all the way to the finals.

Energy-foods

 

High-energy vegan foods

If you’re looking to increase your energy levels, exercise regularly or are training for a special event, then these are the foods for you!

  • Nut butters (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter and hazelnut butter)
  • Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hummus
  • Hempseeds and hemp oil

Some more top energy foods:

1.      Spinach

Few foods pack as much nutritional value as spinach. Immortalized in pop-culture as the veggie that gives Popeye the Sailor his strength, spinach is a powerful superfood for vegans. Check out some of the many ways that spinach excels as a superfood:

  • 180 grams of spinach contains 181% of your daily allowance of vitamin K.
  • 638% of vitamin A per bunch
  • 1,897 mg of potassium per bunch
  • 7 grams of protein per bunch
  • 159% your daily dose of vitamin C

2.      Avocado

An extremely popular fruit for those who love Mexican food, the avocado is a staple for most Californians. It’s remarkable in several different ways, including the fact that it has more healthy fat than any other plant-based food. See some of the benefits that make avocados a true superfood:

  • One cup of sliced avocado has 33% of your daily fat content.
  • Avocados are rich in potassium.
  • Avocados have 9.8g of fiber per cup.
  • Over 20% of your daily dose of vitamin C and B-6 comes from one cup of avocado.

3. Quinoa

The potent grain with a complex name, quinoa has gained a lot of popularity for its remarkable variety of nutrients. A highly versatile grain with a unique taste, there are a lot of ways to add this superfood into your diet. These are the reasons you want to:

  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Lots of protein including all essential amino acids.
  • Contains beneficial flavonoids, which are rare plant antioxidants
  • Quinoa has lots of manganese and magnesium.

4. Sweet Potatoes

The sweeter and more nutritious variation of the potato, sweet potatoes are an undeniable superfood. Their benefits range from immune boosters to potent nutrients. Find out more here:

  • Rich in vitamins A and C
  • Good for arthritis sufferers
  • Has low impact on your glycemic index
  • Potent amount of fiber and beta carotene

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Veganism Fights Against Diabetes

Veganism is not only good for the environment and animal welfare but it can also help with the fight against diabetes, a close colleague at work got me thinking about the additional benefits that Veganism could bring to many people who have or are concerned about diabetes.

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Here is some useful info:

Studies in the past have shown that those people who follow a low-fat vegan diet, avoiding meat and dairy, lower blood sugar levels very efficiently and lose weight. Researchers have shown that people with diabetes who eat a vegan diet also lower their cholesterol and improve kidney functioning.

Here are some food tips:

Antioxidant-rich foods

Especially the anthocyanins-type found in deeply coloured vegetables and fruits like red cabbage, purple aubergine, red radish, blueberries, and blackberries that help to preserve insulin function by protecting the insulin producing cells of the pancreas from damage. They also help support balanced post-meal blood sugar levels.

Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar has been found to blunt blood sugar and insulin increases. It is, in fact, able to slow the absorption of carbohydrate into the blood, or slow the breakdown of starches into sugars. Have one tablespoon in warm water before meals with a touch of cinnamon to kick-start digestion and blood sugar balancing. Or simply add it to your salads and other meals.

Cinnamon

This amazing spice has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and cells ability to respond more readily to insulin so that less is released into your body and there will be better blood sugar balancing. It can also reduce cardiovascular disease risk by improving triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels.

I will add more info as I continue my research on the benefits of Veganism.

How Sweet is Veganism

How sweet is being a Vegan, how about some tasty doughnuts?

Ingredients

for 12 doughnuts

  • 50 g (¼ cup) vegan margarine
  • 120 mL (½ cup) soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

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Preparation

  1. Gently melt the butter over a low-medium heat. Add milk and 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and mix together.
  2. Once combined, take off the heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, half of the sugar, baking powder and salt with a fork.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the butter mixture. Combine gradually until a thick dough forms.
  5. Using your hands, roll dough into little flat balls and with your thumb, press a hole in the center of each doughnut. (You may need to flour your hands for this part to avoid getting sticky!)
  6. Heat up oil in a pan. To know when it’s hot enough, fry a little bit of bread in the oil. If it goes brown and floats to the top, in 45-50 seconds the oil will be ready!
  7. Gently lay the doughnuts into the oil using a spatula. Fry for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  8. Transfer the doughnuts onto some tissue paper to soak up any excess oil.
  9. Roll the doughnut into a bowl of the remaining half of sugar.
  10. Enjoy!

Have Your Cake And Eat It Vegan Style

Veganism and cakes you might think as being a myth, well you would be very wrong.

Us Vegans can have our tasty cakes, doughnuts, and everything nice without it being dairy.

Check out this tasty delight.

For the Vanilla Cake

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  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup (200g) Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp (10ml) Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) White Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar)

For The Vanilla Frosting

  • 3 and 3/4 cups (450g) Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For Decoration:

  • Fresh Strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees celsius)
  2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the sugar, baking soda and salt and mix together.
  4. Add the soy milk, vanilla, olive oil and vinegar and whisk it in.
  5. Grease two 7 inch round cake tins with coconut oil and cut parchment paper into circles to fit the bottoms and then divide the mixture evenly between them.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and using a toothpick, insert into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is done.
  8. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Prepare your frosting.
  10. Add the powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla and soy milk.
  11. Beginning on low speed, mix with an electric mixer, slowly increasing speed until it is smooth and creamy.
  12. If your frosting is a little thin, add more powdered sugar, if it’s a little thick, add more soy milk. The consistency must be thick enough that it doesn’t slide off the cake, but thin enough to be spreadable.
  13. When your cake is completely cool, add frosting to the top of one of the layers.
  14. Add the second layer on top and frost it completely, using a knife to carefully frost the sides of the cake.
  15. Decorate with fresh strawberries and serve right away.
  16. If you’re not serving right away, then omit the strawberries or serve them on a plate alongside the cake, so it doesn’t get soggy.

Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

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