Jul 9, 2011

Going Vegan

Becoming Vegans has been on our minds for awhile now. We have done a lot of research, as usual, as to the benefits and how to go about getting the proper nutrition while changing our diet.

Vegans are frequently misunderstood as fringe eaters with an unnatural passion for animal rights. While many vegans do feel passionately about animals, its time for others to see that a vegan diet and lifestyle go way beyond animal rights. Following a healthy, balanced vegan diet ensures a host of health benefits as well as prevention of some of the major diseases striking people in North America.

Just a few benefits include:

Reduced saturated fats
Dairy products and meats contain a large amount of saturated fats. 

That protein is good for your body is no surprise. 
It may be a surprise to learn that most Americans eat too much protein 
and in forms such as red meat that are not healthy ways of getting protein. 
Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy products 
are all great ways to get the right amount of protein.

Disease Prevention
Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number of diseases, 
such as:  
Cardiovascular Disease
Blood Pressure 
Type 2 Diabetes  
Prostate & Colon Cancer
Breast Cancer
Arthritis & Osteoporosis
Physical Benefits, such as:
Lower BMIs
Healthy Weight Loss
Higher Energy Levels
Healthier Skin
Longer Life
Better Body Odor & Breath
Stronger, Healthier Hair & Nails
Decreased PMS Symptoms
Migraine Relief
Reduced Allergies

In addition to the health benefits above, following a vegan lifestyle and diet also provides benefits to animals and the environment. 

So there it is, at least, a portion of it. There is so much information out there and research that has been done I obviously couldn't include all of it here. 

On a more personal note, we decided to change over before Tallulah is old enough to be introduced to food. It'll be so much simpler to raise her Vegan if she is never introduced to meat in the first place. After all, she deserves the healthiest start we can give her.

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