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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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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Veganism is changing Western thinking towards food.

Think for one moment.

Governments and businesses have a vested interest in us continuing to eat animals and dairy products, it drives many other industries.. from Pharmaceutical to Genetic, engineering.

However, I have become more aware now of the fightback from this dominant culture of our Western world.

Veganism is a lifestyle choice for people wanting to be healthy and who care about helping to tackle climate change and animal welfare.

I think more and more people will change their traditional food lifestyle, that no longer props up industries that impact our lives and every generation.

Set yourself a three-month challenge to explore Veganism and share your experience, let your ‘New World Vegan’ journey commence.

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Bodybuilding with a Vegan Diet

Is it possible to remain in shape or build muscle whilst on a Vegan diet?

The answer is YES you can, but it does take a little planning and focus. Plus getting to the gym of course!

I hit the gym at least twice a week, plus Wing Tsun training twice a week.

Below is a weekly diet plan.

Day 1 Break: Porridge, peanut butter, agave syrup Lunch: kare buruso, wok-fired greens  Dinner: Bean stew, hummus, peas, peppers

Day 2 Break: Porridge, peanut butter, agave syrup, protein smoothie Lunch: Vegan sausages, peppers, hummus, spinach, hess balls, peas, bean stew Dinner: Vegan sausages, peppers, spinach, hummus, peas, bean stew,

Day 3 Break: Banana, avocado on toast, protein smoothie Lunch: ‘Tofu and salad. Dinner: Lentil burgers, sweet potato wedges, peas

Day 4 Break: Porridge, peanut butter & vegan chocolate spread, protein smoothie Lunch: Vegan cheese, chili jam, toast, banana bread and almond butter. Dinner: Chickpea, pepper & spinach sandwich, kale crisps & fruit salad

Day 5 Break: Porridge, peanut butter, protein smoothie Lunch: Pumpkin curry.  Dinner: Tofu, brown rice, aubergine, broccoli, asparagus