"Tree Hugger" The New Sexy
By going vegan, we can drastically reduce the impact of climate change, rain-forest destruction, and pollution, while saving water and other precious resources. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined.
Climate change is a reality we're facing; our planet is in danger of getting to a point of no return. Don't take offense at being called a "tree hugger". Caring about the planet is our responsibility and going vegan is the way to do that!
Is "Food" Killing You?
Eating a healthy vegan diet has been shown to prevent a number of diseases. Find out from the list below what you could potentially avoid just by switching to a healthy, balanced vegan way of eating.
Eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan diet reduces the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.
Eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all dietary cholesterol. Your heart will thank you for that.
A diet rich in whole grains is beneficial to your health in many ways, including lowering high blood pressure.
Type 2 diabetes:
Not only is a vegan diet a weapon against Type 2 diabetes, it is also "easier to follow than the standard diet recommended by the American Diabetic Association." Read more about it here. Prostate cancer
A major study showed that men in the early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even reversed the illness.
Eating a diet consisting of whole grains, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, can greatly reduce your chances of colon cancer.
Countries where women eat very little meat and animal products have a much lower rate of breast cancer than do the women in countries that consume more animal products.
Diets with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, can help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration.
Much the same way macular degeneration is headed off by a vegan diet, cataracts are also thought to be prevented through the intake of the same fruits and vegetables. Produce high in antioxidants are also believed to help prevent cataracts.
Eliminating dairy consumption has long been connected with alleviating arthritis symptoms, but a new study indicates that a combination of gluten-free and vegan diet is very promising for improving the health of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Bone health depends on a balance of neither too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium, and low sodium. With a healthy vegan diet, all four of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing osteoporosis.
Supermodel Christie Brinkley, 61, claims her ageless appearance is the result of a lifelong vegan diet. You will look and feel decades younger!
A study led by Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn and Dean Ornish, M.D., showed telomeres, DNA-protein complexes that are markers of health and longevity, were elongated among individuals who adopted a vegan diet.
Dogs live longer healthier lives on a vegan diet. Through thousands of years of evolution alongside humans, they've adapted to digest starches 28 times better than wolves. Like humans, they thrive on a plant based diet.
Dogs can get all of their nutrients from vegan sources. Switching your dog to a vegan diet will result in a healthier, leaner and more energetic companion. Don't take my word for it, I encourage you to have a before and after physical. (I recommend 90 days to see results) My dogs are happy healthy and vegan! Read testimonials from other vegan fur parents here!
Other benefits of feeding your pup a vegan diet can include elimination of allergic reactions, better oral hygiene, improved skin/coat, and weight management. (P.S.: Did you know one of the Guinness Book of World Records' oldest dogs, “Bramble” the collie, was a vegan?!)
My favorite commercial dog food is V-Dog; it really is the best on the market!