The vegan diet is a topic that many people are hearing about, perhaps for the first time. Former President Bill Clinton is among the well-known individuals who have been speaking about the positive effects such a diet has had upon their health.
Some medical experts like Dr. Joel Fuhrman recommend a vegan diet, even though Fuhrman has a plan that is vegan for only six weeks. He sees the vegan diet as chronic disease prevention, emphasizing its potential role in preventing and lessening the effects of diabetes.
The vegan diet for weight loss and the vegan diet for diabetes are terms and concepts that are entering the consciousness of Americans more and more. Most people certainly accept that the vegan diet is healthy. They see articles that describe the vegan diet plan as one that can optimize health. They want to know why and how this is.
The why of a vegan diet can be to lose weight, to be in better health, to be more natural, to save money, and even, perhaps, to undertake something that right now seems a bit trendy and even fashionable.
As a long term vegan, I often hear the question: the vegan diet consists of what. My answer is generally that it is based on natural, healthy plant sources and it really shouldn’t require a person styled as the vegan dietician to figure it out.
Raw produce is the cornerstone of the vegan diet to lose weight or just to feel good. Because the vegan diet is so high in fiber and so low in fat, it facilitates satiety. Fuhrman and other nutritional experts assert that much overeating comes from consuming foods that fuel addictive hunger. Plant-based foods that are high in fiber do not have that effect and often serve to help people lose weight.
Then there is the what question. What besides produce does a vegan eat? Not eating animal products doesn’t mean any lack of protein, but newcomers to veganism do need to learn about the protein value of nuts, whole grains, and beans. It isn’t the least bit difficult to learn how to get all the protein one needs without animal products.
Economic factors have to be considered in deciding on an eating plan. Eschewing animal based food may mean some saving of money, but vegan diets can have their own expenses. If one is a vegetarian or a vegan who opts for the freshest, preferably organic produce, it can be costly. Wanting the best, most natural and fresh foods can also mean more frequent trips to purchase produce. That means there might be some additional food-related expenses for transportation.
People ask me often about how to eat in a way that might get them off expensive prescriptions that they feel aren’t solving their health problems. I am not a dr., but I do encourage them to think carefully about the content of what they eat. Much of the foods that are common in the American diet are so high in fat as to contribute to cardiac and circulatory disease.
The vegan diet is a matter of conscience and compassion for many who follow it. That other people are becoming motivated to become vegan is very gratifying to me. I feel confident it can promote their well-being and will be good for this planet.
If you are one of those people who think of veganism as merely a boring diet with meager vegan recipes, think again. I invite you to take your time to thoroughly browse through this Vegan Blogger.com website where you will come to learn that veganism as a very far reaching vegan lifestyle which touches on just about every aspect of the human experience.
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