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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
As I continue my Vegan journey, I am finding more and more in research on the vast health benefits that are gained.
The chief one being that Vegans consume the highest amount of ‘Antioxidants’ compared to all other diets.
Antioxidants help to mop up free-radicals which can harm our cells and cause other health issues, Increasing one’s antioxidant intake is essential for optimum health, especially in today’s polluted world. Because the body just can’t keep up with antioxidant production, a good amount of these vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals.
Data from the Adventist Health Study showed that nonvegetarians had a substantially increased risk of both colorectal and prostate cancer than did Vegans. A Vegan diet provides a variety of cancer-protective dietary factors.
In addition, obesity is a significant factor, increasing the risk of cancer at a number of sites. Because the mean BMI of vegans is considerably lower than that of nonvegetarians, it may be an important protective factor for lowering cancer risk.
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I thought I’d share with you some facts on just how nutritious plant-based foods actually are, below I’ve put together a selection of infographics.
I have achieved another of my personal challenges this week since becoming Vegan three months ago.
I have completed two 5K runs! I have never been a distance runner ever but I have found new energy levels since I change my diet.
I’ll be going for another 5K run next week and my target time is 25 min, it might take a couple more runs mind you.
It feels really great being Vegan!
On personal self-reflection being a Vegan requires a great deal of ‘Mind over Matter’, I have put together my own thoughts and play of words for what this actually means:
- It doesn’t ‘Matter’ what others think or says about being a Vegan, trust in your own ‘Mind’ in following your Vegan path.
- It doesn’t ‘Matter’ about what meat-eaters love or what farmers do, it’s just the system. Collective Vegan ‘Minds’ of belief and knowledge will change the system.
- It doesn’t ‘Matter’ that Veganism is actually expensive, as in your ‘Mind’ you are helping to save our planet.
- It doesn’t ‘Matter’ about the negative energies others give to me about being Vegan, I use my Wing Tsun (EWTO) ‘Mind’ and training to divert any negative forces away.
- What does ‘Matter’ is believing in your self as Vegan and having the ‘Mind’ plus willpower to back it up.
- Have a it doesn’t ‘Matter’ Mindset’ when others are tucking into their Subways sandwich at work.
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I never thought it possible but today I have reached the third month of my personal Vegan Challenge and I feel GREAT!
Yesterday, I went to Vegan Chinese restaurant (Loving Hut) in Archway with the family, it was so tasty and no joke my Vegan fish and chips were bang-on just like the real thing!
My Son had a Vegan beef burger and for a Nine-year-old to rave afterward that he could not tell it wasn’t meat says a lot.
I am happy to continue my Vegan journey and looking forward to sharing my adventures as a ‘New World Vegan’.