All throughout our lives, we make choices and decisions that help us grow and evolve. The decision to make lifestyle changes is not always an easy thing to do, however, it can start a ripple effect of many positive changes.
Veganism, of course, excludes all animal-based products. However, there are benefits beyond saving animals and the environment. Your health will greatly benefit as well.
For meat lovers, the switch is anything but easy. Once you’ve fully embraced this new way of living, you will realize the intangible benefits you’ll receive
The experience can be likened to doing little for bigger returns. Think of it as committing to donate to the best charities every year to save many lives. The feeling you’ll get from doing so is indescribable.
In the same way, there are many advantages to going vegan and incorporating superfoods into your diet. So start stocking up on fruits, veggies, stews, vegan pumpkin soup, and other plant-based whole foods.
Benefits of a plant-based diet
The idea behind a plant-based diet is to eat fresh, whole ingredients and with little to no processed foods as a means to achieve overall wellness.
Whole-foods and plant-based ingredients are what you need to stay healthy and live longer as these superfoods can improve health and stimulate weight loss.
And the benefits they bring?
- Keep your heart healthy and free from disease.
- Reduce the risk of developing diabetes or managing it if you already have it.
- Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer.
- Slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions due to cognitive decline in older adults.
As you can see, that vegan pumpkin soup or vegetable biryani will boost your health and promote longevity. What more can you ask for?
It’s important to remember that switching to a plant-based diet happens differently for everyone, and for some, it’s a slow transition aiming for long-term change. Done prematurely, you may not succeed in staying vegan and reaping its many benefits.
The process often involves …
- Educating yourself about the foods you should eat and the nutrients you should be taking in.
- Understanding what it entails to be vegan from what you eat to the products you buy.
- Incorporating a wide variety of plant-based foods like whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, and superfoods in your diet.
- Finding vegan alternatives for all the animal-based products you used to consume.
On top of these, plan your transition. Find out what works best for you and keep a positive attitude to stay motivated in reaching your plant-based goal.
Plant-based diet + regular exercise = better mental health
To gain maximum benefits, especially with mental health, you should combine a vegan diet with exercise.
You know how plant-based foods can slow down or prevent cognitive decline. They can also…
- Keep stress away from your brain as well as the harmful chemicals associated with it. This is primarily due to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants plant foods have.
- Increase serotonin and other hormones that can stabilize the mood and promote healthy emotional and mental well-being.
- Help minimize or avoid consumption of empty carbohydrates which, research shows, cause negative feelings that result in irritability, depression, and anxiety.
Therefore, make that vegan pumpkin soup with a side of whole-grain bread, a variety of vegetables, and other plant-based foods, and your brain will be as healthy as the rest of your body.
Exercise, on the other hand, provides similar benefits as superfoods. It has been known to…
- Effectively treat mild to moderate levels of depression because it reduces inflammation and boosts neural growth.
- Relieves stress and tension that suck out mental energy.
- Help break the cycle of stress that causes body pains which, in turn, results in more stress.
Exercise can also help with PTSD, ADHD and other mental health problems. Combined with a plant-based diet, you are sure to have a healthy body and mind.
Incorporating superfoods into your diet
Ready to add superfoods into your meal plan?
Some of your options include…
- Broccoli for fiber and antioxidants
- Apples for fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium
- Quinoa for more proteins and fewer calories
- Beans for fiber and protein
- Spinach for an iron-rich diet
- Asparagus for vitamins, minerals, and the highest percentage of folate
Use them in a variety of ways for more versatile and less-boring meal options. Spinach can be made into a smoothie, and turmeric can be added to warming quinoa bowls, for example.
Now that you know what you need to do, start the transition to a diet packed with superfoods, antioxidants, and all the other goodness of a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
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