I was SO thrilled when Jessica offered to right an article about the importance of healthy eating ! Jessica is a freelance health and food writer. Her article also has links to some VERY interesting and informative articles. Enjoy !
The No Nonsense Guide to Going Vegan Starting Today
It’s no secret that those who eat a vegetarian or even vegan diet have a tendency to live longer than their omnivorous counterparts. This tends to be due to the fact that the cooking process creates carcinogenic material in most types of meat, leading to esophageal and stomach cancers later in life, according to the WHO and the Cancer Council of New South Wales. Meat eaters also tend to have a higher body mass index due to the higher calories in animal flesh.
It should be clear to most that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is an objectively superior one. That is not to say that it is an easy one to adopt. Especially in later life, it can be tremendously difficult to improve your dietary habits, particularly if some unhealthy choices have taken root over many years. But, the sooner you start the sooner you can begin eradicating the negative consequences of animal consumption, according to the suggestive results of studies performed by Harvard University.
How to Go Vegan Today
While it would be ideal to go cold turkey off of animal products right now, for most people this simply isn’t realistic. Especially for the elderly, this could be quite the shock to the system. That is not to say that it is bad for you, quite the opposite in fact. It can simply cause intestinal upset and general irritability. Even so, this can be more than enough to convince many seniors that going vegan is bad for them and puts them off committing to this healthy lifestyle choice.
The key to starting and maintaining any major dietary shift like this is to begin slowly. The primary focus from the outset will be on the gradual elimination of animal products from your life. This can be as simple as switching from regular milk to soy.
The Joy of Substitution
Did you know that as a vegan, you can eat virtually anything you want to? This may not make sense at first, especially for someone that has been cooking for themselves for many years. After all, how can you possibly make a burger without the beef?
The key is to find recipes that allow you to substitute the animal products in your favourite foods with vegetable based options. For example, burgers can easily be constructed out of mixtures of mushroom, turnip, and other fleshy vegetables which taste virtually the same. They also have the added bonus of being far lower in calories and higher in micronutrients and antioxidants!
Don’t expect to totally overhaul your diet overnight. Take the time to experiment, find the foods you enjoy, and take the journey as it comes.