Vegan Intermittent Fasting

What is Vegan Intermittent Fasting (VIF)?

Put simply, intermittent is a weight loss method that revolves around fasting at certain parts of the day/week.

VIF = Super Diet


In other words, for certain periods of time, you will fast (i.e. eat nothing or very little) until your eating window comes around again.

16:8 Method: Basically you eat solely during an 8-hour eating window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. You exclude breakfast completely in the mornings, only having water or fruit juice instead.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

​1. Helps you lose weight

VIF diet can aid weight loss and help to build a muscle tone body.

Experts are still debating exactly how intermittent fasting allows you to lose weight – some think it’s just because you consume less fat and kcals overall, while some think it has more to do with the restricted eating times.

2. Improves mood and focus

VIF diet boosts the production of BDNF, a protein in your brain linked to improved mood and cognition, by 50-400%.

3. Reduces the risk of diseases

Among other health benefits, there is evidence to suggest that VIF diet could help to reduce the future risk of various diseases, assuming that dieters eat good food and follow a relatively healthy lifestyle.

4. Increases energy and endurance

Evidence has shown that VIF diet boosts mitochondrial biogenesis, meaning that your cells create more mitochondria. 

Now we don’t have time to launch into a biology lesson here, but suffice it to say that mitochondria give your body’s cells more energy, hence giving you more energy as a person made up of said cells.

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5. May help increase lifespan

The smart people over at Harvard University recently discovered that intermittent fasting could help to increase your lifespan due to some very complex science stuff that we mere mortals cannot understand.

If you’ve not taken care of your body as well as you should have, perhaps it’s time to try a vegan intermittent fasting diet plan.

Successful VIF diet relies on discipline and preparedness. It’s important to fill your eating time-frame with nutritional, balanced, and filling foods.

Filling foods generally have higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density. Prepare for your VIF diet by consuming meals that are high in these ingredients and always make sure to drink lots of water.

VIF diet will take your mind and body to new level of fitness and help to focus and strengthen your own inner Zen.

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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.

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.

 

 

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

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

VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS – Only Four Ingredients!

Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d share with you my favourite Vegan sweet snack, top tip add popping candy onto the chocolate at the end!!

Easy 4-Ingredient vegan chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats. These crunchy rice krispie treats are super quick and easy to make and smothered in vegan dark chocolate.


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups (105g) Rice Krispies*
  • 1/3 cup (83g) Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Golden Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
  • 10.5oz (300g) Vegan Chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the rice krispies out into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Line a square dish with parchment paper.
  3. Add the syrup and peanut butter to a saucepan and heat together stirring all the time until it has just started to bubble a little. At this point immediately remove from the heat and pour over the rice krispies. Stir in until all the rice krispies are covered.
  4. Spoon this out into your parchment lined dish and smooth down as best you can. Place into the fridge to set.
  5. When it has set, prepare your chocolate topping. Break up the chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals bringing out to stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Spoon this out on top of the rice krispie base and spread it out evenly.
  6. Add popping candy on top of the chocolate
  7. Return to the fridge to set. When set, lift the entire thing out with the parchment paper and cut into squares. Enjoy!Rice-Krispie-Treats-4

Veganism and it’s Roots

Let’s journey back in time to AD or even further to Adam & Eve where the basis and consumption of foods were only organic (They would gather leaves, roots, tubers, corns, rhizomes, bulbs, seeds, buds, shoots, stems, pods or edible flowers).

Life expectancy was measured by hundreds of years, as written in the bible. Now for someone to reach a hundred years old is super rare in our time.

The reason is that our eating habits have moved us away from our ancestral heritage of food grown from the land, instead, it is easier to pop 3 minutes processed meat in the microwave or cook the Sunday roast containing more chemicals than a pharmacist.

To take control of our diet and look after our animals on earth, we must look to the past and analysis what was done then, long before the microwave or the oven.

Let the homeland of food and culture change your lifestyle.

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