If you are in the pursuit of rectifying your life, then one of the best ways to start is to eat right. What we eat and how much of it we eat, has a direct correlation to how life perceives us, and the other way around. The benefits of vegan diet plans are numerous and plentiful, to say the least.
- You live longer
- You feel and look younger
- You can lose weight
- You are more attentive, focused and have more energy
- You can lower the risk of heart ailments
- You can preserve your eyesight
- You can lower the blood cholesterol levels
- You can lower your blood pressure
- You can reduce the need for over-the-counter prescription drugs
- You can avoid impotence and poor sexual performance
- You can reduce diabetes
- You can potentially reverse severe ailments such as arthritis.
This is just the tip of the health ‘iceberg’. There is a laundry list of benefits that you have to gain. What is that one needs to sacrifice for getting all of these benefits? Lose a limb? Sell your house? No.
All you need is to switch your diet.
It can’t get any simpler than that. You can save a fortune in the future from the countless trips to the doctor’s office by simply changing what you eat. You can save yourself from a life of pain and illness if you eat right.
We shall be taking a look at some of the principles that will change the way you perceive the world of nutrition. Take a look…
The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts
One needs to realize that nutrition is not the contribution of a single food substance, but a myriad of them. The various compounds and chemicals that are obtained from various food sources interact and mix in, to form a reaction, of sorts. Each and every chemical is like a note of a music piece, that when played all together creates a series of tones that make up a tear-jerking harmonic performance.
The human body has evolved so as to derive the maximum benefit from the whole foods and discard what it feels is not important. One, who is misguided in the ways of healthy eating, may seek a particular nutrient over another. Truth is, the body is adapted to use only what it feels is needed. This is the basis of the term ‘good nutrition’.
Vitamin Supplements Can’t Replace The Real Thing
Nutrition is an infinitely complex biochemical system, which takes into effect the interplay of thousands of chemicals; there is no sense in including isolated nutrients in the form of vitamin supplements that can replace whole foods. The idea of consuming nutrient pills especially in the western diet is wrong. The dangers of doing this long-term are unprecedented. You are spending money on wasting your health away if you are part of this gang. Switch to whole food sources…they are there for a reason, you know.
Every Nutrient In Animal-Based Foods Is Present In Plant-Based Foods
Usually, an argument of animal-based foods over plant-based, is how the former has way more proteins and essential fats. That misconception can be harmful. Plants have higher percentages of fibers, antioxidants and nutrients than animal foods.
There is nothing wrong in saying, animal foods have higher percentages of protein than plant-based foods, but that just means you have to eat more plant-based foods. There are two criteria’s for food to be deemed an essential nutrient:
- It is needed for healthy functioning
- It is something that our bodies can’t synthesis on their own.
Cholesterol is not needed by the body, which is present in animal food but non-existent in plant-based foods. Cholesterol is needed by the body, but the body can create it- you needn’t help.
If at all anything, there are four nutrients that animals foods have, which plant foods don’t have. These are Cholesterol and vitamin A, B12, D. Of these 4, three are not essential.
Cholesterol can be made in the body. Vitamin A can be made by the body from betacarotene. Vitamin D can be obtained from direct exposure to sunlight. The only nutrient that is not entirely present in plant-based foods, out of the hundreds out there is B12. For this, you can have a supplementation on a weekly basis. If you are planning to eat the food that is rich in B12, then the option is to have fishes such as tuna and salmon.
The positives of eating B12 rich food source is offset by the cholesterol and the fats present in these food sources. It is for this reason that we give the exception: You are safer off taking supplements, instead.
Get yourself started on a vegan diet plan, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the life-changing scenario that will unfold in the coming years. Switch to vegan meals, you won’t regret it.