Imagine a life without meat. Without those succulent ribs or chicken nuggets or your favourite yummy pork chops. Not easy huh? Well that was me up until a week ago when I finished my 21-day vegan diet.
The festive season for most of us is a time to celebrate and eat without worrying about pretty much anything. During my Christmas holiday, I did not spare the moment. I experimented with different meals from different restaurants. I however new at the back of my mind that I needed to start eating healthy as soon the holidays were over. Coincidentally, soon after the holidays, I had a hard time enjoying meat and my appetite was jacked up. So I decided to stop eating meat and any animal produce. I figured this would allow me to explore more with my meal planning. That,s how I started my vegan diet.
This probably sounds like non achievable challenge especially in our society were veganism is close to nonexistent. But I promise you, it was worth the sacrifice. It was the perfect challenge for me to try out. My skin gave me less black head problems, and I just had this new found energy. To simplify the benefits of whole process, I have broken down three main benefits I archived from the diet which are:
1. Slimming down and become energised: After gaining a few pounds during the holidays and my tummy taking a shape of it’s own, shedding some extra pounds was first on my list of goals for the new year. This worked also because I have been exercising and doing simple things like taking a flight of stairs instead of using the lift.
On the other hand, it is said that vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters are. And unlike unhealthy fad diets, which leave you feeling tired (and usually don’t keep the pounds off for long), going vegan was the healthy way to keep the excess fat off for good while leaving me with plenty of energy. This would also be fully effective if I was doing the diet long term.
2. Vegan food is delicious. If you’re worried that if you try a vegan diet, you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won’t. Companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy-product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier. Food Lovers Market became my best friend during those three weeks. I cant wait to share some of the recipes I got to try out.
3. A healthier, happier you. A vegan diet is great for your health especially if you are doing it for a longer period! I couldn’t do it longer but if think you can pull it off for a longer period, that’s even better. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fibre, and minerals, without all the cholesterol in meat that slows you down.
The Good News
Just like exercising, the thought of following a strict diet can be intimidating especially if you have not yet started. However, once you get started, you will get the hang of it. There are a a million diets to try, some may have worked for you while some may have been a waist of your precious time. The good news is that organic foods are healthier than anything. So you can even tailor make your own diet plan keeping in mind that organic foods and exercising are the way to go.
As always, I hope you find this post useful somehow. If you have any tips to share about a certain diet or healthy living, let me know in the comments section below. I would to learn more.
Have a great weekend.
Love and Light!