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Eating Vegan Part II – Health Benefits

The health benefits that come with eating a vegan diet are phenomenal. Research has shown that making the transition to eating a plant based diet significantly reduces your risk of heart disease, reverses diabetes, lowers cholesterol levels, and in general, improves your overall health. 

Health Benefits:

  • Reduces Cholesterol
    Reverses diabetes
    Gives you a nice glow
    Clears complexion
    Reduced risk of heart disease
    Reduced risk of various diseases, such as osteoporosis, dementia, diverticulitis,
    and rheumatoid arthritis
    Increased energy
    Reduces stress
    Aides in weight loss
    Lessens food cravings
    Raises your bodies ability to absorb nutrient and proteins
    Stronger immune system
    Longer life expectancy
    Turns the aging clock backwards!

If you are game for a food experiment you should try this two day experiment:

Day 1: Eat only whole foods – meaning lots of fruits and vegetables that are in their purest form, not processed, as well as whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice.  Throughout the day really focus on how your body is feeling.  Write down in a journal everything  that you notice, for example, how is your energy level? how are you feeling about yourself? how is your confidence level? and most importantly, notice how long it takes you to eat your meals, and how long it takes until you feel full.  Then ask yourself; what types of food choices do I feel like making? Good ones or bad ones? Am I still hungry after a meal?

Day 2: This should be fairly fun, eat mostly processed foods.  Try to make good decisions, but for the sake of the experiment eat highly processed foods like chips, cookies, pasta, etc.  Throughout this experiment you will ask yourself the same types of questions as the previous day.  Take notice of your energy levels, how long it takes you to eat your meals, and notice how your feeling after your meals.  Are you still hungry? Do you feel like working out? Are you energized or sleepy?

The purpose for this experiment is to show you the difference between how processed foods and whole foods digest in your body. You will most likely realize and notice that when you eat foods that are highly processed they break down really quickly, because all of their nutrients have been stripped out of the food and instead you have sugars and fats, which break down really fast.  In turn, what ends up happening is a sort of downhill domino effect.  You, the consumer, end up eating faster because the food breaks down in your mouth much quicker, which leads to you eating more since your body has not had time to register that it is full.   Therefore, in the long run, you end up both gaining weight and spending much more on food.

Have you ever questioned how its possible to chew as many times as dietions recommend you chew your food for? For example when eating pasta or other processed foods, you may notice that it does not take very long to chew before it is ready to be swallowed.  But alternatively, when you eat more whole foods, like kale or ancient grains (such as kamut, quinoa or wheatberries) you chew your food for much longer before it is broken down enough to swallow.  This is all just a little food for thought (pun totally intended) and meant for you to slow down!  Take time to enjoy your experience of eating, and to take pleasure in eating nutritious foods which fuel your body to give you the energy you need to live a healthy life.

   Please do share if you decide to take on the two day eating experiment and detail what your experience was and what all you noticed.


About Erin Brown

I am vivacious, full of spirit and drive and like to dip my toes into everything to at the very least be able to say "I've done that". I live my life to the fullest and have a major passion for health, fitness and nutrition as well as helping others to achieve their goals in health. So read on to get your health fix!

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