The word “Vegan” or “Vegan Diet” has been a lot more prominant in the news lately. This is due to more celebrities deciding to make the switch to a vegan lifestyle due to its many health benefits. When I refer to eating a vegan “diet” I put the word diet in quotations because it is not a diet like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers or South Beach. Becoming a vegan is a lifestyle change. You do not become a vegan for only a short period time just to lose weight. It a complete shift in how you view your health and wellbeing. Some people also go all the way vegan, meaning they do not wear any type of clothing that is made from animals, such as leather, and do not buy any body products such as make up or lotions etc… that have been made from animal parts or tested on animals. However, for the purpose of this article, I am only discussing its health benefits from food choices.
Eating a vegan diet means that you obstain from all animal products such as: meat, dairy, eggs, and fish. When most people hear this they often are shocked and the next question is always “well then what do you eat?!” This is not a shocking response as most of us often get confined to our comfortable little bubble of what we usually eat. We all have our routines in the grocery store of particular staples that we stock our kitchen with. But for me personally, when I turned vegan it opened me up to a whole other world of interesting vegetables that I’d never realized packed so many nutrients! The same went with other kinds of grains that had protein as well as nuts and beans.
It is of no surprise then, with all of the many health benefits that eating a vegan diet brings that both President Bill Clinton and comedian Robin Williams, who have both had heart problems, have become vegan to better their health. President Clinton reported in an interview that he could feel himself healing from eating a plant based diet.
Other celebrities that have made the jump to being vegan are:
Ellen and Portia Degeneres
John Salley – NBA athlete
Hugh Jackman – is currently making the transition
Anthony Kiedis – from Red Hot Chili Peppers
Bob Harper – trainer from Biggest Loser
It seems that every day there are more and more vegan products coming out that make being vegan much easier for those days when you are either too busy or too tired to cook. But it should also be stated that being vegan also makes you a much more adventerous cook and makes cooking (and food) in general much more exciting.
If you are interested in giving veganism a try be sure to check out Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which is a great website for all kinds of health information regarding vegan/vegetarian lifestyles. They also have a 21 Day Kickstart which helps those interested in making the switch, see that it really is not as hard as they may think.