3 healthy lifestyle tips we can all learn from vegans
January 11, 2016 at 10:30 am
1. Eat a meatless meal sometimes
Before you believe this tip is a scheme to join the green side, hear me out. Meat consumption is connected to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes due to the high saturated fat content. Replacing meats with fruits and vegetables can reduce those risks and help weight loss, boost energy, and increase longevity. Try to skip the meat on your favorite salad or even make a vegetarian dish in order to gain these benefits.
2. Read labels
One thing you might notice about vegans is that they tend to read labels and question EVERYTHING that they put in their mouths. The reason behind that is because many foods have animal ingredients disguised by huge words like “Isopropyl Lanolate” and “Carminic Acid.” Regardless of whether you care about eating sheep gland oil or female cochineal insects, you should know what’s going in your body. Reading labels beforehand can help control your sodium, sugar and caloric intake as well as prevent allergic reactions to certain foods. Just because it looks like it may be “healthy” or “natural” doesn’t mean it is.
3. Try new foods
With all animal products out of their diets, vegans try to find plant-based alternatives to ease the transition. Going out of the box and trying a new food can help spice up your meals. Don’t know any “vegan” food other than tofu? Check out other vegan substitutes for your next dish. Stuck on a dinner plans? Challenge yourself and choose only seasonal produce in your meals in order to get the freshest taste.