9 Benefits of Being Vegan

Don’t be shy, give it a try!

So what are the benefits to being a Vegan you might be thinking or wondering, well it’s quite simply..You body will feel so much better and not filled with all the toxins from meats and dairy products.

Going Vegans means you are looking after your body, even if you just go three months for the year being a Vegan you will reverse some of the damage you are doing to your body.

Have a read below of the real benefits that you will giving yourself, what do you have to lose?

1. It’s a Nutrient Powerhouse Diet

The vegan lifestyle means that you get plenty of nutrients into your diet. The Western diet with animal products and meat-based recipes is okay, but you can often reduce your micronutrient intake. You can find yourself lacking in the likes of healthy vitamin A, zinc, magnesium and more. While you think you’re getting them through your meals, the non-vegan diet is stopping your body from fully absorbing all the nutrients.

2. You Can Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels

The Western diet isn’t the best for blood sugar levels. In fact, there’s a growing concern of people suffering from Type II diabetes. The Vegan lifestyle can help to rectify that. It’s all about the types of foods you choose to eat.

3. Reduce the Risk of Kidney Failure

The meat diet isn’t the best for the body, especially in a high consumption. Some studies show that those following a vegan diet have reduced the risk of their kidneys not functioning properly. This is usually due to switching the type of protein they consume.

4. Some Cancers Can Be Avoided

The World Health Organization states that about a third of cancers are affected by the diet and other aspects of your control. That means you could minimize the risk of third cancer by taking steps to change your lifestyle. The vegan lifestyle is one that you want to follow.

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5. You Could Reduce Arthritis Pain

If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll want to look at the food you eat. Studies show that a vegan diet can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, which includes the pain experienced. This is linked to the inflammation in the body that animal products can cause.

6. There’s a Lower Risk of Developing Heart Disease

Heart disease is a silent killer and is a major problem. It’s one of the main killers in women around the world and part of the risk factors is linked to your diet. Those who eat more meat are more likely to consume saturated fats. These will increase the blood pressure and cholesterol levels, putting more strain on the heart, affecting the arteries, and disrupting the blood flow.

7. You Can Lose More Weight

If you’re overweight, you may want to reduce the number of animal products you consume. They are higher in fats, which means they’re higher in calories. There are high chances you’ve seen diets suggest cutting out certain meats, dairy products, and a few other animal products. Those on a vegan diet are more likely to consume plant-based food and see more weight loss.

8. Improve Physical Fitness Levels

There are many people who will tell you that the vegan diet isn’t good for those who like to train and do exercise. This is often due to the claim that vegans don’t get enough protein. Of course, if you eat a balanced and varied vegan diet, you will be able to increase the amount of protein you consume.

9. You’ll See Lower Cholesterol Levels

You consume cholesterol through the foods you eat. People only consume cholesterol through animal products, whether through meat, eggs, milk, or other products. You don’t get cholesterol from plant-based foods. This instantly tells you that vegans are going to have lower cholesterol levels than vegetarians and meat eaters.

Essential Plant Based Vegan Oils

Apart from the instant health benefits Veganism brings by the avoidance all dairy and meats, Veganism also makes you more aware of the healing and uplifting powers of nature’s essential oils, below is a useful summary of the best essential oils to use.

Basil Essential Oil

Primary benefits:

  • Improve concentration
  • Ease menstrual discomfort
  • Support immune system

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Primary Benefits:

  • Can lift your mood and reduce uneasiness
  • Helps support digestive function
  • Enhances the flavors of food
  • Provides antioxidant support
  • Supports healthy circulation

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Primary Benefits:

  • Can boost the immune, metabolic, circulatory, and digestive systems
  • Can maintain a healthy blood sugar level
  • Adds a spicy and sweet flavor in baking and cooking
  • Can help relax muscles that are tight and sore

Frankincense Essential Oil

Primary Benefits:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Promote healthy skin
  • Support immune system

Lavender Essential Oil

Primary Benefits:

  • Soothes skin sensitivity and irritations and reduces skin imperfections.
  • It may reduce feelings of stress and may promote peaceful sleep.
  • It has a particularly calming aroma.

All the above essential oils are derived from plants, many remedies such as these are far better than modern medicines. It is still always good to get advice from your GP, but also, explore the healing power of nature and the essential oils.

Best Vegan Treats In London

Even Vegans have a sweet tooth and there are loads of tasty sweet treats to satisfy that sugar crave. I have tried the best Vegan Doughnuts around London and below are some of my favourites.

A red velvet doughnut with vegan butter cream frosting & freeze-dried raspberries.

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These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

Crosstown vegan doughnuts London

You can find these at Greenwich Market every Saturday and Sunday, They come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

Ruby's of London vegan doughnuts

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These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

These come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

I hope you get a chance to discover these great treats! Watch out for the tooth fairy..lol

More Best London Vegan Restaurants

Have you ever wondered where to go to for a good Vegan restaurant in London, well here is another list of my top ones to choose from.

Source:
https://secretldn.com/vegan-restaurants-london/

1. Mildred’s, various locations

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Having graced Soho for almost thirty years, Mildred’s is one of the best-loved vegan restaurants in town. They can count Blue Ollis amongst their many fans, who have helped Mildred’s to spread to Camden, Dalston, and King’s Cross. Here, your plant-based food comes in the guise of Sri Lankan curries, halloumi burgers, and even peanut butter chocolate mousse cake. Whoever said eating clean was boring clearly never ate here…

Four locations across London, find your nearest one here.

2. Pied a Terre, Fitzrovia

Vegan Dining Pied A Terre

This luxurious, Michelin-starred restaurant near Goodge Street is highly-regarded for its veggie-friendly haute cuisine. They offer both vegetarian and vegan five-course tasting menus, which are perfect for a fancy fine-dining date with the vegan in your life!

3. 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington

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This West Kensington joint was on our radar even before Vegan London kindly recommended it, and for good reason. Whilst everything is low-fat, low-salt, and non-GM, they don’t skimp on flavour. Prepare to waddle out of here, particularly if you choose the all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet; more vegan food than you could possibly manage, all for £10.

222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU. Nearest station is West Brompton.

4. Comptoir V, Kensal Green

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Comptoir V aims to appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike, and it’s fair to say the menu has us pretty much hooked. The food draws influences from all over the world, and features signature dishes with Middle Eastern and North African origins. Quite simply, Comptoir V is one of the best reasons to head to Kensal Green we’ve yet heard.

1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace, NW10 5RU. Nearest station is Kensal Green.

5. Wildflower, Peckham

Vegan Restaurant Wildflower Peckham

An ascetic veggie and vegan canteen within the Peckham Levels complex, Wildflower offers a smashing ‘vegan full English’, tons of appetizing brunch, lunch and dinner options, and a six-course vegan tasting menu for just £25pp. Wild, man, wild. Level 5, Peckham Levels, 95a Rye Ln, SE15 4ST.

6. Fed By Water, Dalston

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Brought to our attention by Secret London’s resident vegan Asli, Fed By Water is a modern Italian restaurant specialising in clean eating. Their commitment runs so deep that they use only purified water during the cooking process. So when you leave this place, you’ll be extra healthy – and stuffed full of delicious pasta, of course.

64 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2LX. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.

7. Rasa, Stoke Newington

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Another recommendation from inside Secret London HQ, this is where we’re heading next time we fancy a curry. Rasa serves up incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes from southern India, deservedly winning plaudits for doing so. A wide selection of curries forms the basis of the menu, and the battered banana boli with a peanut and ginger dip makes for a delicious starter. You won’t be able to walk past without being intrigued – particularly since the exterior is a vibrant shade of pink.

They have two restaurants, but the Stoke Newington one is more vegan-friendly. Find it at 55 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AR. Nearest station is Stoke Newington.

8. Wulf & Lamb, Chelsea

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“Run with the wolves, eat with the lambs” is the ethos of Wulf & Lamb, and it seems like Not So Quiet Grrl (aka Nadia) has been running with the wolves. She was kind enough to tell us about this place, which offers smashing breakfasts as well as hearty mains. There also happens to be a mango and passionfruit cheesecake with our name written on it…

243 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP. Nearest station is Sloane Square.

9. Mooshies, Shoreditch

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This vegan burger joint is quickly becoming one of the darlings of Brick Lane. Choose one of the burgers, load up on some sides, and contemplate why you didn’t make the switch to veganism earlier. Hmm, it was probably bacon. It usually is…

104 Brick Lane, E1 6RL. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.

10. St Margaret’s House Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green

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Out in Bethnal Green, you’ll find the community and charity hub known as St Margaret’s House. Here, you can do yoga or take an art class, but we’d recommend heading straight to the cafe. Start with breakfast – either the vegan full English or a stack of American-style pancakes should do nicely – and watch it get better from there. Absolutely everything here is vegan, so kiss a not-so-fond goodbye to the days of going off-menu!

St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL. Nearest station is Bethnal Green.

Great Vegan Eat-Outs in London

Where can you go for some great Vegan eat outs?

Well in London there are actually some really great places which serve the best Vegan dishes.

I will share with below some of my most favourite’s from dirty burgers to pub grub…Go and check them out!

Temple of Seitan – Hackney. Best for Vegan burgers, Fillet of Chicken, Pop Corn Chick and amazing dips.

Temple of Hackney 10 Morning Lane
E9 6NA

All made from Seitan. Seitan is a fantastic meat alternative. Made from protein-rich wheat gluten, it is both tasty and nutritious.

Sutton And Sons – Fish and Chips
240 Graham Road, London E8 1BP

Fish and chips chain Sutton and Sons the first completely vegan chippy in London.

The best Vegan Fish and Chips in London, plus Vegan pies…Check it out!

Best vegan pizza at Purezza
Camden: 43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN

Everything is plant based in this pizzeria: Dough balls full of delicious (homemade) ‘Vegan cheese’, pizzas of every variety and taste, full of stringy ‘Vegan mozzarella’ 

Best vegan pub The Spread Eagle
​141 Albert Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NB


The food offering is headed up by Meriel Armitage from Club Mexicana, without a doubt one of the best vegan street food trucks around. The Spread Eagle.

Biff Jack’s shack inside the Eat 17 Spar on Orford Road, Biff’s x Eat 17

Signature ‘crispy fried jackfruit’ is totally unique, and totally filthy ‘Jackfruit’ My favorite is the ‘Samuel Jackson’ burger

One of the best places for Vegan burgers


Crosstown Vegan Doughnuts 9b Cullum St, EC3M 7JJ

A selection of the best vegan doughnuts in London. All doughnuts are made fresh every day.

New World Vegan is back!

Proud to be blogging again and proud to being a Vegan.

Hi Everyone, I am back!

My Journey as a Vegan continues and is going from strength to strength, I have not looked back on my days as a meat eater. I feel fantastic both with my body and my mind is so free and open to all types of soil based foods.

I must say all my nutritional requirements are on-point, I went to my GP for a full blood works. My Cholesterol is under 3, where the average is 5, my sugar levels are norm and all my other bodily requirements are in the norm.

Even my close family and friends have commented how I look healthy and my waist line is good, I weigh 11st 5lb and feel really good.

I decided to restart my blog firstly because the cost was much more reasonable than what was originally being asked to renew my subscription. Secondly, I have had such positive feedback from family and friends that my blogs were a positive influence. I would like to build on this positive energy and inspire many more.

Anyone who is still on the fence of becoming Vegan, give yourself a month on a Vegan diet, plan ahead on what you’ll be eating, find some Vegan restaurants, look at the options in the Supermarket and then plan your month being meat and dairy free.

Final ‘NewWorldVegan’ Blog

Hi Everyone,

My journey into Veganism has indeed lasted far longer than I would have ever imagined, three months was my target and it’s now been a year!!. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the health benefits are definitely been real.

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I haven’t experienced muscular or nerve pains, which I now know is linked to the hormones and other chemicals that are added to meats and dairy products. 

Veganism for me has always been about what we are unknowingly consuming as a result of mass farming and profits of farmers and supermarkets. 

I have used my blog to speak out against Vegan activists, who actually give Veganism a bad name, plus the other extreme side of not wearing animal products, which again is not progressive or positive.

I agree that animals for slaughter should be done humanely, consuming meat is not an issue, its what goes into it where the issue is. As more people change to a Vegan diet they will see just how harmful meat and dairy products are to health and wellbeing.

I have decided to make this my final blog of 2018, I hope I have inspired anyone who has read or followed my journey. I will be continuing my journey as a Vegan into 2019 and hopefully beyond. 

I have really enjoyed writing my blogs, but alas I don’t line ‘WordPress’ pockets further with their ridiculously high membership fees, I’d rather spend it on my Vegan shopping..lol

Wishing you all a very happy New Year and ‘Thank you’ for reading. 


Benefits of Veganism

Health Benefits Of Veganism

Hi All,

If you are still thinking about the benefits of Veganism, here is some useful information:

Veganism And Skincare

Following a vegan diet, means you consume lots of fruit and vegetables which contain plenty of water; this will add up and give your body much more hydration-  therefore smoother, healthier and younger looking skin, reduced wrinkles too.

Keeping a healthy body weight

Cutting out animal products will eliminate cholesterol and many damaging sources of saturated fat out of your diet, drastically reducing your risk of heart disease and contributing towards a healthy BMI.

Researchers have found that veganism is one the best diets to control your weight. When you cut out animal products, you don’t consume high amounts of saturated fats from dairy and meat products, instead choosing low calorie, nutrient-rich whole foods with a higher fiber intake.

Prevention of diseases

Red meat, while a strong source of protein is now linked to many medical problems, including an increased risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Eating a plant-based diet has proven like to substantially lowering the risk of many chronic diseases, including certain types of cancer, with the documentary Forks Over Knives contributing strong evidence of a vegan diet preventing and even reversing both diabetes and cancers.

Diseases That Can Be Prevented Through Veganism

  • Cardiovascular disease,
  • Cholesterol problems,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Type 2 diabetes,
  • Prostate cancer,
  • Colon cancer,
  • Breast cancer,
  • Arthritis

Six Science based fact on the benefits of Veganism

  • A Vegan Diet Is Richer in Certain Nutrients. …
  • It Can Help You Lose Excess Weight. …
  • It Appears to Lower Blood Sugar Levels and Improve Kidney Function. …
  • A Vegan Diet May Protect Against Certain Cancers. …
  • It’s Linked to a Lower Risk of Heart Disease. …
  • A Vegan Diet Can Reduce Pain from Arthritis.

I hope the above info has found an interest with you, research it for yourself and discover new world to healthy living.

Introduction to Veganism

Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d add a little introduction about becoming a Vegan.

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A vegan diet contains only plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits) and foods made from plants.

Vegans don’t eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

Healthy eating as a vegan

You should be able to get most of the nutrients you need from eating a varied and balanced vegan diet.

For a healthy vegan diet:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
  • base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates (choose wholegrain where possible)
  • have some dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts (choose lower fat and lower sugar options)
  • eat some beans, pulses and other proteins
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat in small amounts
  • drink plenty of fluids (the government recommends 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day)

If you choose to include foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar, have them less often and in small amounts.

See the Eatwell Guide for more information about a healthy diet.

It applies to vegetarians, vegans, people of all ethnic origins and those who are a healthy weight for their height, as well as those who are overweight.

The only group it isn’t suitable for is children under 2 years of age, as they have different needs.

Getting the right nutrients from a vegan diet

With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.

If you don’t plan your diet properly, you could miss out on essential nutrients, such as calciumiron and vitamin B12.

Vegan sources of calcium and vitamin D

Calcium is needed for strong and healthy bones and teeth. Non-vegans get most of their calcium from dairy foods (milk, cheese and yoghurt), but vegans can get it from other foods.

Good sources of calcium for vegans include:

  • fortified unsweetened soya, rice and oat drinks
  • calcium-set tofu
  • sesame seeds and tahini
  • pulses
  • brown and white bread (in the UK, calcium is added to white and brown flour by law)
  • dried fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dried apricots

A 30g portion of dried fruit counts as 1 of your 5 A Day, but should be eaten at mealtimes, not as a between-meal snack, to reduce the impact on teeth.

The body needs vitamin D to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients help keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Good sources of vitamin D for vegans include:

  • exposure to sunlight (particularly from late March/early April to the end of September) – remember to cover up or protect your skin before it starts to turn red or burn (see vitamin D and sunlight)
  • fortified fat spreads, breakfast cereals and unsweetened soya drinks (with vitamin D added)
  • vitamin D supplements

Read the label to ensure the vitamin D used in a product isn’t of animal origin.

Vegan sources of iron

Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells. A vegan diet can be high in iron, although iron from plant-based food is absorbed by the body less well than iron from meat.

Good sources of iron for vegans are:

  • pulses
  • wholemeal bread and flour
  • breakfast cereals fortified with iron
  • dark green leafy vegetables, such as watercress, broccoli and spring greens
  • nuts
  • dried fruits, such as apricots, prunes and figs

Vegan sources of vitamin B12

The body needs vitamin B12 to maintain healthy blood and a healthy nervous system.

It’s only found naturally in foods from animal sources. Sources for vegans are therefore limited and a vitamin B12 supplement may be needed.

Sources of vitamin B12 for vegans include:

  • breakfast cereals fortified with B12
  • unsweetened soya drinks fortified with vitamin B12
  • yeast extract, such as Marmite, which is fortified with vitamin B12

Vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, primarily those found in oily fish, can help maintain a healthy heart and reduce the risk of heart disease when eaten as part of a healthy diet.

Sources of omega-3 fatty acids suitable for vegans include:

  • flaxseed (linseed) oil
  • rapeseed oil
  • soya oil and soya-based foods, such as tofu
  • walnuts

Evidence suggests that plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids may not have the same benefits in reducing the risk of heart disease as those in oily fish.

But if you follow a vegan diet, you can still look after your heart by eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, cutting down on food that’s high in saturated fat, and watching how much salt you eat.

source:https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-vegan-diet/

What’s Really In Meat?

Hi Everyone,

The next time you tuck into your Burger or Sunday Roast, stop for a minute to think about what you are actually eating, especially if it’s not 100% organic.

Below is a list of ten products you will find in all Supermarket meats and regulations allow it to happen.

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  1. Arsenic
    Farms feed chickens and pigs arsenic to help ward off infections in their filthy living conditions and to turn the animals’ flesh the pink shade that is considered appetising – because nothing says “appetising” like poison.
  2. Poo
    When animals’ intestines are torn open during slaughter, faeces spill out onto their flesh. So when people buy meat, they’re getting – well, sorry – crappy food.
  3. Industrial runoffWho would head down to the local river, whip out a glass and gulp down some river water? No one? Well, then people might want to avoid eating fish, who are contaminated with the pollutants that run into waterways from our tanneries, factories and industrial plants as well as manure runoff from pastures.
  4. Hormones                                                                                                                                 Did you want a side of HRT with your fish and chips? How about a splash of oestrogen in your milk? Traces of contraceptives and other chemicals in the water supply have led to fish becoming “feminised”, with male fish laying eggs, and cows’ milk comes with an added dose of sex hormones.
  5. Calf-stomach lining

    Many cheeses are made with rennet, an enzyme taken from calves’ stomach lining. Does eating babies’ stomachs make you sick to yours?

    6. Pus

    Cows on dairy farm often suffer from mastitis, a painful inflammation of the udders caused by bacteria. Their bodies try to fight off the infection by producing pus. And guess where the pus goes – into the milk and into the milk-drinker’s mouth.

    7. Parts of a totally different animal

    There could be a horse in your lasagne or a pig in your “beef” meatballs. Given all the recent scandals, we’re just wondering what “surprise” ingredient is going to turn up next.

    8. Drugs

    Lots and lots of drugs. Animals on farms are routinely fed massive doses of antibiotics (even if they’re not sick) with alarming consequences for antibiotic resistance and the emergence of dangerous “superbugs”.

    9. Diseased organs
    If you’ve ever eaten foie gras, you should know that the diabolical “delicacy” is made from the livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed until they’re desperately ill.                                                                                                                      10. Pink slime

This nauseating paste is made by sending animals’ bones through a machine that                scrapes off the last bits of flesh and blood then treating the resulting mass with                    ammonia and dyes. The “mechanically recovered meat” is the main ingredient of chicken nuggets and other processed meats.