There are several reasons why people move to a vegan or vegetarian diet these days. One of the most common being for health reasons.
Plant-based diets have many health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol, your BMI, reducing high blood pressure and inflammation.
There are many conditions and diseases where inflammation is an issue:
- Arthritis: A condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis): A chronic inflammatory disease of your central nervous system.
- Crohn’s Disease: A chronic (long-term) condition that causes inflammation in the lining of your digestive system.
Vegan diets tend to have less saturated fats which can trigger an inflammation flare-up. I am not saying you need to immediately change your diet to become vegan/vegetarian. You could slowly introduce more plant-based options into your diet.
We don’t need to eat meat every day, in fact, it is recommended that you should really only be eating 3 portions of red meat a week. So, there is plenty of room to try something new.
Trying Something New:
There are a number of vegan food options out there that many people use without realizing they are perfect for vegan/vegetarian diets.
- Flora butter – is plant-based and has no preservatives or artificial colours or flavorings.
- Oat/Almond/Hazlenut/Coconut/Soy Milk – Just as tasty as the alternative and a variety of options to try out.
- Summer BBQ – Just because you have decided to try a vegan diet doesn’t mean you will miss out on the BBQ this summer. There are a number of vegetarian/vegan-friendly sausages and burgers from the likes of Denny’s and Linda McCartney’s.
I have been a vegan for over two years now and apart from a slight adjustment at the start, I am able to recreate my favourite meals easily. For me, I didn’t choose to be a vegan for health reasons, but it has given me some health benefits. Before I became a vegan my cholesterol was elevated and now, I am happy to report it is at a normal level.
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Written by Jenette Mullin