Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been a hot minute. I’ve been finished my college classes for almost a month now, and I’ve had a copious amount of free time. Honestly, you’d think I would have something to show for it, right? Well, I’m ashamed to say I definitely do not. I have had all of the time in the world, and I haven’t been posting at all – I’m sorry! But I swear I’m going to make it up to you today by telling you everything you need to know about the vegan diet!
My Vegan Diet Experience
I will be celebrating my one year vegan anniversary on August 6, 2018, and I’m celebrating with the launch of my vegan cookbook, A Vegan’s Guide to Plant Homicide! I am so excited! The pre-sale will be from July 13-15, 2018 (yes, only one weekend!) and it will be a deluxe edition! The deluxe edition will feature additional vegan recipes and a special note from ME! To gain access to the pre-sale, sign up here! I’m also running a GIVEAWAY that ends on June 1, where TWO people will receive a free digital copy of the cookbook – enter now!
As some of you my know – I discussed this in my 1 month vegan update article – I was a vegetarian off and on in my teen years, then I reverted back to eating meat because I ended up working a job that required me to travel out and I ended up getting lazy with cooking. Long story short, I ended up eating a lot of junk food, and I was no longer eating a well balanced diet. Basically, I panicked and started eating meat again because I felt like garbage and this seemed like the easy way out.
After watching a vegan diet documentary, What The Health, I immediately went vegan. I remember how great I felt when I was eating properly as a vegetarian, and knew I needed to make a change. I had been working out for a year, and had only lost 15 pounds and I was getting very frustrated. I figured that eating plant-based foods was the best option. (And it really was).
Weight Loss Through The Vegan Diet
So, as I just said, I had been trying to lose weight for a year, and only lost 15 pounds. Since going vegan, I’ve lost 25 pounds and I’ve only been following a vegan diet for 9 months. That is INCREDIBLE for me because I have always struggled to lose weight, and I finally found the miracle that was going to work for me!
It’s not some crazy idea either, just think about it logically: a healthy, well-balanced vegan diet consists of lots of green vegetables, fruits, potatoes, and grains. While many people think that carbs are “bad” for you, as long as you are active, they aren’t going to hurt you. Everything in moderation, of course.
Whole foods logically are better for you than greasy, fatty, hamburgers – it just makes sense. While hamburgers sure do taste great, you have to admit that they aren’t great for you. The vegan diet isn’t a conspiracy or black magic – you just eat REAL food, and naturally, this will make you lose weight.
Health Benefits of the Vegan Diet
When I followed a vegetarian diet, I was doing it for the ethical reasons. This time, however, I have a different reasoning. I chose to go vegan for the health reasons – the weight loss, and the other health benefits that I will outline below.
My personal story
Nearly two years ago, my dad passed away from cancer, and this definitely was not the first member of my family to pass away from some variety of cancer. Honestly, I would say that 90% of my family members have passed away from cancer, and the other 10% were from heart issues.
This was a huge reason I chose to adapt the vegan diet. While they say that “everything causes cancer” nowadays, there truly have been countless studies that prove the correlation between cancer and non-vegan foods. Yes, I understand that correlation does not mean causation, however I personally really do believe in these studies.
Anyways, with my family history, I really thought that following a vegan diet was an excellent idea. I understand that sometimes things happen regardless of our precautions, however knowing how great I feel following a vegan diet, I’m never going to regret this. I feel literally so fantastic.
The Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet
I get it, you don’t just want to hear how great I feel not eating eggs for breakfast – you want me to throw some facts your way. Don’t you worry – I’ve got them.
Here’s a study that focusses on vegetarians and their cardiovascular disease mortality rate, as well as cancer incidence.
Here is another study that follows vegans and their chance of developing breast cancer, and the growth of cancer cells. This study proves that the blood of those eating a vegan diet for a year suppresses cancer cell growth nearly eight times better.
And another study that focusses on men and their odds at developing prostate cancer of the growth of cancer cells.
To sum it up:
According to a number of studies, vegetarian and vegan diets will decrease the likelihood that an individual will develop cancer, and will inhibit the growth of cancer cells, as well as cardiovascular disease.
Some other health benefits of a vegan diet include:
- Reduces arthritis pain
- Diet is high in essential nutrients
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Improves kidney function
I think that the biggest misconception about the vegan diet is that we don’t get enough protein. I’m laughing. Okay, so I hold a diploma in environmental protection, and during my schooling we learned something super important about the food chain. This is incredibly difficult to explain to people because I’m totally not a teacher, I end up losing my train of thought, I just use the wrong words – so I’m going to insert links and infographics to better explain this to you. It’s called the 10 percent rule.
The 10% Rule
The 10% rule refers to the energy transfer between trophic levels in a food chain. To sum it up, only 10% of the “energy” is transferred between consumers in a food chain. So basically, if an animal eats some sugar cane, the animal will only hold onto 10% of the energy from that sugar cane. Now if you eat that animal, you will only get 10% of THAT 10%. Skip the middle man, and just eat the sugar cane.
Obviously that was a terrible example, but maybe you get the point? Like I said, I’m not a teacher. Here’s a video to help.
Basically, you will have to eat a lot more of that animal to get the same amount of energy and nutrients that you would have gotten from just eating the sugar cane. Many people think that the only way to get protein is by eating meat, but where do you think those animals get their protein from? It doesn’t just come out of nowhere.
I eat a lot of rice and pearl barley, also CHICKPEAS. But hey, that’s just me. I also eat an insane amount avocados because YUM. Anyways, I’m going to share a sneak peak with you of my vegan cookbook, of a couple of my favourite vegan recipes.
Don’t forget to sign up for the pre-sale of my vegan cookbook, and let me know all about your vegan journey in the comments, or if you’ve been considering going vegan!