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.

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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!

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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I’ve Done It!!!

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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’.

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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:

pill burger

Veganism can Save our Planet

It’s not a myth, everything done to our planet due to heavy farming or deforestation slowly takes away our planet resources and directly will affect generations to come.

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Here are some simple facts as to how Veganism can save our planet!

A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

The World Health Organization just released a report further outlining the increased risks of colorectal cancer from regular red meat and processed meat consumption. This is on top of existing concerns about heart disease, stroke, and other health complications.

The most common critique I’ve heard leveled against veganism is that it forces you to retire your taste buds and your free time: because meat is superior in taste and is easier to make.

While taste is subjective and a lot of people “need” their chicken wings on Sunday, I’d argue that the aversion to veganism is based more on cultural education than on actual comparisons.

Nutrition and Veganism

Its Month 2 of my Vegan journey and I am feeling good!

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Now there are important points to note with a vegan diet and that is getting the full spectrum of dietary essentials, certainly having balanced meals with vegetables, beans, Tofu, Lentils, Rice, Pasta, etc. will help but having the right quantities is also important.

Therefore, I have realised that supplementing the Vegan diet is important so as not to miss any daily essential Vitamins, minerals and Proteins.

For example:

  • Sweet potato, carrots, cos and romaine lettuce, peppers – contain Vitamin A: (RDA: 5000iu)
  • Spinach, red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, red cabbage – contain Vitamin C (RDA: 500-3000mg)
  • Portobello mushrooms, almond milk, tofu – contain Vitamin D: (RDA: 1000-3000iu)
  • Chilli, paprika, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin, butternut squash – contain Vitamin E: (RDA: 20mg)
  • Kale, spinach, broccoli, chard – contain Vitamin K: (RDA: 80ug)
  • Vitamin B12 supplement, Marmite – for Vitamin B12 – (RDA: 2.4mcg)
  • Pistachio nuts, bananas, spinach, sunflower seeds – contain Vitamin B6: (RDA: 2mg)
  • Udo’s oil, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, kale, tofu, edamame, avocado, sesame, tahini, walnuts, raw olive oil, coconut oil – for Fats (RDA: 500mg)
  • Watercress, curly kale, Chinese cabbage (pak choi), green/red cabbage, broccoli, green snap beans – for Calcium: (RDA: 700-1500mg)
  • Wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, cashews nuts, pine nuts, cocoa powder, hazelnuts, pecans – contain Zinc (RDA: 15mg).

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/04/06/the-best-vegan-diet-while-training-stay-nourished-and-hit-your-macros-5798342/?ito=cbshare

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