Why I Went Vegan: Health Advice for Creatives
As graphics artists, our lives can become filled with challenging deadlines. We burn the midnight oil and take on all the pressures of giving the client our absolute best. Such a strenuous schedule does take a toll on both the physical and the mental health of an individual. Personally, I have experienced that a healthy diet and fitness regime can work wonders and help me bring my best to the table for each client.
Several years ago, I turned vegetarian, which was soon followed by going vegan in around 2012. Last year I dropped the label of being a vegan and now prefer saying that I stick to plant-based foods. Not just food, I refrain from using any animal-based goods, be it an article of clothing or a hygiene product. Exploring the world of veganism and a plant-based diet doesn’t necessarily imply that you need to commit to full-time veganism. Adopting a vegan diet, even for a few days each week, can produce marvelous results such as weight loss, controlled cholesterol levels, and regulated blood sugar levels. Here are a few reasons that may inspire you to incorporate vegan meals into your diet-
Who doesn’t want to say goodbye to unwanted inches around the waist, replacing them with a healthy, lean body? Latest studies have suggested that those who do not consume meat have a lower average BMI (Body Mass Index) as compared to their carnivorous counterparts. A vegan diet complements physical exercise in the process of burning fat and can make hitting the treadmill much more effective.
A Healthy Heart
Meats are abundant in saturated fats which result in the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood. High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease and even heart attacks. Including a few meat-free meals lowers this danger significantly. It is obvious that one does not want to be surprised with a heart ailment which will not only hamper with their occupation but also their life in general.
Lowering of Blood Pressure
Plant based foods such as leafy vegetables are crucial for maintaining a normal blood pressure, which in turn entails a healthy heart. Many people suffer from hypertension and related ailments. Plant-based dieters don’t seem affected by these maladies. Controlling the blood pressure is paramount and a plant-based diet will ensure that this department is taken care of.
Reduced Risk of Diabetes
A vegan diet tends to carry a lower risk of metabolic syndrome which is linked with Type 2 Diabetes. Vegans, in general, are known to have regulated levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglyceride content, all of which contribute to lowering the chances of contracting Diabetes. For me this is useful information as diabetes tends to run in the family.
Cutting down the risk of Cancer
Vegans are known to have much lower risks of contracting cancer as compared to non-vegans. This is especially true if they steer clear of processed and inorganic food. Particularly, the chances of contracting gastrointestinal cancer and breast cancer are pretty low when you cut meat out of the diet. This is definitely a blessing for all vegans.
Fruits and vegetables are a contributing factor for healthy skin. Pair this with drinking plenty of water you flush out the harmful toxins that cause dullness of the skin. Plant-based foods are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and eliminate wrinkles, spots and other signs of aging and late night sessions.
Boosting the Energy Levels
Nobody wants to feel lethargic and tired when they have massive projects to complete. Don’t want to resort to energy drinks to uplift your energy levels? Opt for green vegetables like spinach and kale. Smoothies with chia seeds and coconut water. Try a variety of beans as well as other foods rich in nitrates. Nitrates not only boost the energy levels, they lower blood pressure by opening blood vessels. These foods are a must have for those working long hours and dealing with demanding deadlines.
Every individual has to follow their own fitness journey. What works well for me may not be feasible for you. These are just some of the amazing benefits that I personally witnessed after switching to a plant-based diet. Simply eating vegan is not a cure-all by any means. A lot of processed foods are by definition vegan, and not necessarily healthy.
If you believe that you can profit from the above changes then definitely try out a vegan diet. However, it is completely fine if you think that this is not your cup of tea. But if you include plenty of plant-based foods in the diet you will definitely reap some benefits!
Below Dr. Greger presents all the latest in health and nutrition information. Here, Dr. Greger shows how a vegan diet can prevent, treat and even reverse many of the top 20 causes of Death. This including Heart Disease, Stroke, and Cancer!