Just thought I’d share my thoughts.
The other day on Good Morning Britain (GMT), Piers Morgan put the so-called 15 minutes of fame Vegan activist Joey Carbstrong to shame in an interview.
Veganism is not in any way about being an activist, true Vegans accept meat eaters and merely promote the benefits and knowledge of having a plant-based diet.
It really annoys me when characters like Carbstrong are given the platform to talk rubbish and claim to be Vegans when they, in fact, don’t value life or respect people who are meat eaters.
Veganism is about nature, mindfulness and valuing our bodies and Earth.
As Veganism continues to grow I will do my best to spread the word and give my meaning and understanding as to what I see as being ‘New World Vegan’.
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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.
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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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:
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.
- 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
- Measure the rice krispies out into a bowl and set aside.
- Line a square dish with parchment paper.
- 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.
- Spoon this out into your parchment lined dish and smooth down as best you can. Place into the fridge to set.
- 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.
- Add popping candy on top of the chocolate
- Return to the fridge to set. When set, lift the entire thing out with the parchment paper and cut into squares. Enjoy!
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.
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.
Its Month 2 of my Vegan journey and I am feeling good!
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.
- 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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