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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Easy Vegan Snack Idea

Fresh Fruit

The health benefits of eating fresh fruit daily should not be minimized. So make sure that you enjoy some in-season fruit as one of your daily vegan snacks. Chop your favorite fruit and make a fast and easy fruit salad, adding some squeezed orange juice to make a nice juicy dressing. Serve with some soy or coconut milk yogurt or vegan ice-cream if desired, and top with some tasty walnuts or toasted slithered almonds to make it a sustaining snack.

Vegan Cake

If you are tired or very busy during the week, I recommend you set aside a few hours on the weekends to do your baking. Bake one or two yummy vegan snack recipes to last you the week, and freeze them in portions. Find some easy (or gourmet if you wish) vegan cake recipes, muffin recipes, brownie recipes or slice recipes that look delicious, and that you know will satisfy your snack cravings during the week. You should look online or purchase some vegan recipe e-books to find some beautiful vegan baking recipes that will keep you happy every time your snack time arrives! Who doesn’t look forward to their piece of cake now and again? And remember, if the ingredients that you put in are healthy, you can enjoy your vegan cake or muffins on a more regular basis – without having to feel guilty!

Vegan Health Slice

Once again, if you bake it on the weekends, you will not have to prepare your morning and afternoon tea during the week. There are so many delicious recipes nowadays for vegan health slices. There’s apple-crumble slice, oat and nut slice, dried-fruit slice, blueberry slice, chocolate-brownie slice, and so many more delicious recipes! Why not bake a different vegan slice every weekend? This will keep your vegan snacks from becoming boring.

Nutritional Factors Involved with Vegan Diet

The nutritional implications of the vegan diet extend even further than that of the vegetarian diet. If not properly planned the vegan diet can be low in vitamin D, zinc, iron, vitamins B2 and B12, and omega-3 fatty acids. That is why it is imperative for anyone starting on a vegan diet plan to consult a physician and dietician. That way they can be sure the change will not bring on any unforeseen health issues. Next the diet must be planned out so all the nutritional requirements are met. Fortunately today we have come a long way in understanding nutritional balance, and with the use of supplements we are able to fill any gaps in nutritional deficiencies.

So if you make sure your diet is up to speed nutritionally with your vegan diet, what are the benefits? The American Dietetic Association concludes that a well-planned diet is healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may help in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, including cancer. People on a vegan diet have been tested to have lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and hypertension and type-2 diabetes as opposed to non-vegetarians. They usually have a lower body mass index, and have been found to live longer. These are all excellent reasons to consider a vegan diet.

But it would be impossible to know for certain these are all cause-and-affect relationships. A person who goes on a vegan diet it can be assumed is very attuned to his diet and therefore, his health. Is that person being compared to a non-vegetarian who doesn’t give his diet a second thought? In other words, if a person maintained diet that included lean meat, fish and animal products that were truly healthy and avoided animal products that were not healthy, how would he compare statistically to people on a vegan diet. I have not been able to find statistics that are specific to that group comparison, and without one I would hold that statistics can be deceiving.

Now keep in mind we are just talking about going on a vegan diet for health purposes, but as listed earlier there are other very valid reasons to consider this diet. And if you do pursue a vegan diet because you feel it is your best option to a healthy eating plan, we commend you for your efforts.

Vegan Diet Healthy Or Unhealthy

Some studies indicate that eaters of red meat are more likely to die prematurely than those who eat little to no red meat. One US-based study of 120,000 people determined that eaters of red meat are 20% more likely to die younger. Those who ate processed meats regularly boosted this premature death rate to a further 20% higher.

On the other hand, Michael F. Roizen, MD, concludes that those who switch from eating meat products to vegetarian foods could easily add at least 13 years to their life. Why? Vegetarians eat less animal fat and cholesterol, whilst vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol. Professor T. Colin. Campbell (raised on a dairy farm) concludes from his experimental research program that a meat and dairy-free diet can both prevent and reverse 70-80% of disease!

Fact: most meat and dairy products are high in fat and calorie content. For example, 100g of lamb contains approximately 294 calories and 21g of fat (9% saturated) whilst 100g of cooked lentils contains only 128 calories and 6.5g of fat (0.8g saturated). Lamb has 0g dietary fiber, whilst 100g of lentils contains 7.5g dietary fiber. Fiber helps you to feel fuller for longer.

Evidence:

Angela Stokes (AKA ‘Vegan Raw Food Goddess’) lost over 154lbs (70kg) on the vegan raw food diet. This amazing woman, once morbidly obese, attests her weight loss and newfound zest for life to the vegan raw food diet and refuses to return to the standard American way of eating! Why? The health benefits of the vegan diet (particularly weight loss in Angela’s case) are too great to give up. Angela adopted raw veganism overnight and has never looked back since.

Time and time again, persons who adopt veganism proclaim that their skin clears up (acne, psoriasis, etc.), their eyes become whiter, their hair becomes thicker and healthier, their nails become stronger, their energy levels skyrocket and their allergies clear up. Sound too good to be try, right?

These amazing health testimonials can be attributed to the high mineral and nutrient content found in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and beans, leafy greens and whole-grain foods. The American Dietetic Association concluded that a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet is most definitely ‘nutritionally adequate,’ and may provide numerous health benefits and treat or prevent certain diseases. Yes, a ‘well-planned’ vegan diet will provide you with a generous amount of essential vitamins and minerals, so undoubtedly one’s health is bound to improve.

So is the vegan diet healthy or unhealthy? You decide. Those who have adopted veganism however, will always answer ‘healthy.’ The health benefits of the vegan diet clearly become evident after one adopts this lifestyle.

Prevent Breast Cancer With Vegan Diet

Studies have shown that a diet high in animal products and dairy- which is full of hormones and saturated fat- can cause breast cancer, while vegan diets can help prevent and even reverse it. A vegan diet is a plant-based diet where all animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy are avoided.

There are several ways that a vegan diet reduces the risk of breast cancer. When our body is overloaded with toxins, it is unable to fight off disease. However, the body naturally wants to heal itself and we can help it do that by eating the proper nutrition. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “People consuming a low-fat vegetarian diet tend to have higher levels of natural killer cells, which appear to make the immune system more effective in destroying tumors.”

A diet high in animal fat, especially the carcinogens found in cooked red meat, and the fat-soluble hormones found in milk from cows can be toxic to your system. According to Arthur Upton, former Director of The National Cancer Institute, “Both breast cancer and colon cancer have been generally associated with the level of consumption of animal fat.”

A diet high in fruits and vegetables is beneficial because of the phytochemicals found in produce, which aid the immune system in destroying tumors. Plant-based dieters tend to get the recommended amount of servings of produce while those following a typical Western diet do not.

Western countries have much higher rates of breast cancer than Asian countries such as Japan where the diet is much lower in animal fat. When Japanese women are raised on Western diets, their breast cancer risk dramatically increases.

“A Harvard Medical School study of more than 90,000 women revealed that the women who ate the most meat were nearly twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those who did not eat much meat,” says Sloan. “Personally, I don’t need another study to tell me that meat, eggs, and dairy products are unhealthy and vegan foods are wholesome and beneficial. I can feel the difference for myself.”

Following a vegan diet has many health benefits. “Since I switched to a vegan diet, my energy level has increased, my cholesterol level has decreased, and I feel healthier overall,” says Sloan. “But the best health benefit is the peace of mind I get from knowing that I’m much less likely to have a breast cancer relapse.”

Allison Biggar is a writer and filmmaker who believes in using the media to empower people to make a difference.

After losing both her parents to cancer at a young age, Allison became passionate about natural, organic health issues and learned that every disease is curable by natural methods.