When it comes our diet there are a number of reasons for changing it the way we all do.
Some change their diet for weight loss, others for weight gain. It all really depends on your end goal. One of the most common reasons for a change in diet is generally for health reasons. Which is why I am here to talk about the health benefits in moving to a vegan or vegetarian diet.
The great thing about a plant based diet is that they can help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your blood pressure, help you lose weight and reduce inflammation.
For those of you who are living with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease etc., a vegan or vegetarian diet can help reduce the amount of inflammation and pain you experience.
Going Green – Go Vegan
A vegan diet has less saturated fats which is a big positive because saturated fats can trigger an inflammation flare-up. I am not saying to run to the fridge and throw away tonight’s chops or chicken straight away. You could slowly introduce more plant based options into your diet. While I enjoy a vegan diet. It isn’t for everyone so first go with baby steps to see if its for you.
We don’t need to have meat everyday, it is actually recommended that you eat only 3 portions of red meat a week. That means there is plenty of room for something new! Before diving into the deep, I have a few easy changes to try first and from there, you can gradually work up to fully vegan meals.
A Healthier Option
Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you love. There are amazing substitutes to bring in that taste the same if not very close to the original and they are healthier for you.
- Butter: There are many butter options on the market. If you are looking to move to a plant-based option. Flora butter has no preservatives or artificial colours or flavorings. In my opinion it tastes just like many other butters out there.
- Milk: One of the great things about technology is that we have so much variety. We don’t just have cows milk, there are a number of different options to suit every taste. Oat/Almond/Hazelnut/Coconut/Soy.
- The Morning Fry Up: Just because you have decided to try going vegan, doesn’t mean you are going to miss out of the fry up in the morning. There are vegetarian/vegan-friendly sausages, rashers and pudding on the market.
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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