There are many benefits for a healthy vegan diet. I want to emphasize that being vegan is not a magical experience; you have to be healthy about it and carefully plan what you eat.
According to http://ajcn.nutrition.org, vegan diets are high in dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium. They also have a lower calorie count and saturated fats. In addition, vegan diets are lower in cholesterol and long-chain n-3 (omega-3) fatty acids, vitamin D and B-12, calcium and zinc.
From my own experience, I lost a lot of weight after going vegan, mainly because I became more aware of what I eat, where my food comes from, and how I should eat. I became , not a a pickier eater, but a more cautious eater and shopper. I realized that food is part of a big market. Being vegan was a choice that has saved my life in so many ways.
Kyle Leon’s Customized Fat Loss explains that vegans are thinner and have lower cholesterol along with blood pressure. This happened to be the case for Latin Americans, African Americans, as well as Caucasian Americans.
Going vegan has another benefit: it helps you absorb nutrients. AJCN elaborates by stating that a vegan diet seems to be useful for increasing the intake of protective nutrients and for decreasing the intake of dietary factors that cause chronic diseases.
But, this is not just what makes veganism a good choice as a lifestyle. It is the nice, little things that make it so beneficial. You get to look at animals and know that you are not participating in their slaughtering. You can live life with a clear conscience, knowing that you did not hurt anything or anyone in order to survive. That is what I mean when I say that veganism is a lifestyle. You get to draw lines on what you accept into your life and what you reject. You do not just buy things. You think through every purchase. Do you really want those leather shoes or would you rather buy the faux leather ones instead?
Being vegan is about these choices daily. It is about making choices that are beneficial not only to your health but also to the environment. Many vegans try to opt for eco-friendly packaging, clothing, and food, of course.
Being vegan has the benefit of living life a little more alertly, without feeling like you are living in a haze. Lance Armstrong reflects on his life post becoming vegan on mnn.com, where he reflects on how he no longer gets food coma and he no longer experiences that after becoming vegan. Moreover, he also talks about being a frequent nap taker prior to becoming vegan. And he reflects on the fact that he no longer feels exhausted to take naps.
Furthermore, veganism is easy to follow, especially once you get to know your shortcuts and ways of mimicking healthy non-vegan food. I particularly like to bake cookies, pies, cakes. MNN.com shares that President Clinton’s change into a vegan diet changed his life completely. It literally obliterated his heart disease.
Look, veganism is a wise choice for the environment. We were not intended to eat meats. We have tiny teeth compared to carnivores. Veganism gets your digestive system going, gets your body healthy and strong, and enables you to be active and refreshed. You feel a closer connection to nature, to your fellow living sentient beings, you look at the world through a different lens. It is a beautiful and harmonious place to live and you need to see it. What more can you ask for!