The Benefits Of Being A Vegan!

The Benefits of being a Vegan:

  • There is an abundance of information out there about the Vegan way of life but the question remains what are the benefits of choosing to follow what might at first appear as a daunting commitment.
  • Veganism, simply put is taking the vegetarian diet a step further. Vegans do not consume any animal or animal by-products whatsoever, neither do vegans use or wear goods that contain animal ingredients or have been tested on animals. With other words the vegan life-style is a life altering way.
  • It excludes all meat products, dairy products such as cheese and butter, eggs and honey. Clothing made of leather, wool and silk are not acceptable either and need to be avoided.


vegan meal
vegan meal
crispy, crunchy, colorful
crispy, crunchy, colorful

The main question asked...

  • How do vegans thrive?
  • How do they survive without animal protein?
  • What about nutrients and a well balanced diet?
  • So in short what are the benefits of Veganism?

The benefits are endless and on many levels. Where to begin? A vegan’s well set-up diet is possibly the most balanced diet available and is so very good for the soul as it is for the body.

The knowledge alone that no animal needs to be raised, harmed and-or killed for food makes the Vegan way of life very appealing to many.

beans
beans
nuts
nuts
tofu
tofu

Good For The Body:

  • Knowing that the vegan diet is credited to lowering the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, allergies, diabetes, colon and prostate cancers, it lowers cholesterol and obesity-related illnesses and more.
  • The vegan diet is a choice that will deliver boundless energy.
  • Eliminating the consumption of animal products and replacing them with healthy vegan foods of vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains and nuts which contain no cholesterol, are low in fat and are rich in nutrients and fiber will cleanse the body and rejuvenate it all the way down to the core.

The above points are just some of the benefits concerning the peace of the soul; however the following items listed as ‘good for the body’ will actually transfer and maybe should not be separate.

Knowing that the vegan way is a choice that lets one thrive with less disease does give the subconscious mind peace and therefore is also good for the soul.

Pumkin-seed crusted lentil patties with roasted garlic mashed potato and salad
Pumkin-seed crusted lentil patties with roasted garlic mashed potato and salad
tofu and veggies
tofu and veggies

There are very few choices that we can make in our day-to-day lives that can bring about such a vital impact on so many levels that are in keeping with our basic values that can benefit people, animals and the environment as deciding on this self-empowering diet that is the Vegan way of life.

There are positive benefits again on every level if we all take just a step towards veganism and thus the vegan lifestyle can be an ongoing progression.


In Closing...

The steps to becoming a Vegan is not easy but (as always there is that little three letter word...) but the benefits are many. The very least of those benefits is that its a delicious journey into good health...

Check out some of the recipes on this site:          www.myveganplanet.com


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

glad you came by HealthyBDaily, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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HealthyBDaily 4 years ago

Vegan is the way! Great post.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

AKKessinger, I'm a fair weather vegan only but really enjoy my vegan recipes two days a week. Good luck with your transition. Thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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AKKessinger 4 years ago from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

Thanks for the info. I'm a fairly new Vegan. Still in a transitioning process and this hub was a good motivator.


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Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Dani Katarina glad you came by, thank you for taking a look and for commenting. Good luck with the transition.

regards Zsuzsy


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Dani Katarina 4 years ago from California

Great post! I have been vegetarian for about nine months, and about three to four days ago i decided to begin my transition to veganism. Thanks for the tips!!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

craftybegonia, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Thanks for a nice hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

chechetka, I really love vegan and vegetarian recipes and as I commented already I blend my meal-type. Two days a week I'm totally vegan then I'm a meat eater for two days again then follow two or three days of vegetarian. I believe this way I get the best of every style of food.

thank you for checking out the hub

regards Zsuzsy


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chechetka 5 years ago from London, UK

Great hub! I am a vegetarian and trying to go vegan, but I find it really difficult... I like cheese and eggs too much I think:( I will definitely keep trying and at least eat less dairy as I believe being vegan is healthy:)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

I confess I'm a fair-weather vegan and vegetarian. Only two days a week for each. I just reorganize my food intake. I find it's harder to stick to vegan and vegetarian dishes when BBQ season is on as I really love a steak but after a while it just became second nature.

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting

regards Zsuzsy


Megan  6 years ago

I've been a vegan for over a year and a half now! love it and it really makes me feel so much better about myself and proud that I am not hurting animals, there are so many amazing foods I opened my eyes to when I became vegan that I would have never tried before! GoVegan :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

PaperNotes, Thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I really believe that we will do ourselves a lot of good by sticking to a versatile diet with nothing in excess.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Before when our place was not yet hit by the typhoons, serving veggies on the dinner table is like eating thrifty but really healthy foods. However, vegetables are now as expensive as other commodities. I love vegetables so even if they are costly these days, I cannot afford to skip on those Glow Foods.Great job on this hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Mayhmong thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I firmly believe that even taking just one day a week away from eating meat will give the body some well deserved rest. It can only make one healthier. I really love a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes so staying away from meat is not a problem for me. But I also like meat of all sorts too. For me two vegetarian, two vegan and three meat days a week works well for me and I feel healthier for it.

regards Zsuzsy


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I could never become a vegetarian but I did tried some veggie burgers. They were just as good as a normal burger though. I did heard that vegetarians tend to live a longer healthier life.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Mishy! Thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I'm not what you call either because I firmly believe that everything should be taken in moderation. So for the past few years I've been a 'meat-a-veg-a-vegan'. As an average I eat meat thee days a week and cook vegatarian and vegan two days of the week each. regards Zsuzsy


mishy 7 years ago

i was vegetarian for a few years then became vegan to increase the challenge. vegetarianism is a really great option because it makes me sad what they do to animals in slaughterhouses. but vegan is healthier and ive come to like a lot of foods i would have never tried if i was just vegetarian! a vegan diet sounds hard, but its not if you put your mind to it and find substitutes for your favorite foods/snacks.

trust me, its worth it! i have lost 10 lbs in two weeks and my skin has cleared up due to the unprocessed foods i eat.

i hope this helps for any vegetarians wanting to take it a step further:)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Isabella! Always glad when you pop in for a visit. I've always told my kids that if I ever were to open another store it would be a health food store. I would have way toooooo much fun checking out all the cool stuff.

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Isabella Snow 7 years ago

I am, more or less, vegetarian simply because I'm so picky about what I eat. It's hard to be a proper vegetarian where I live though cos we don't have all the cool stuff you get at health food shops. Good hub, Zuz!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Suzanne! I guess the cost factor could become one of the benefits of veganism too. Thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

When I am truly poverty stricken, I am a vegan. I can tell you, I get very tired of beans, peas and lentils! But I do still like them in times when my income rises and I am able to enjoy some other foods, too! I lean heavily toward fresh fruits and veggies and go easy on the lean meats, but I do want them a couple of times a week. Nice work! :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

C.W. Glad you're okay. We can't be strong in everything all the time.

Always glad when you pop in for a visit take care

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Jerilee I'm a firm believer in everything in moderation... so this being taking the best from worlds is really a great way to discribe my way

Always glad when you pop in for a visit

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Thanks, Zsuzsy. I'm doing well - stable. Veggie pizzas ARE delicious ... but then, I also love Sweet Italian Sausag - especially in place of hamburger in Hamburger Helper dishes! I admit it, I'm just a wuss, and denying myself (unless, of course, it's fast food and/or just blatantly junk) is not my strong point. ;-)


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Good hub! I like your day's of the week system, that gives me some food for thought -- maybe I'll do that -- seems like the best of all worlds.


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

C.W. As I confessed earlier I'm a fair-weather vegan and vegetarian. Only two days a week for each. I just reorganize my food intake. I find it's harder to stick to vegan and vegetarian dishes when BBQ season is on as I really love a steak and a beer but after a while it just became second nature. And really there is nothing nicer then a vegetarian pizza with extra cheese.

Hope you're all recovered and that life's treating you better

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marisa I know what you mean. I was at the grocery store yesterday trying to get some vegetables and they didn't impress me in the least. Today and tomorrow are my vegan days. I actually found a new recipe for tonight. If it's good I'll share it here.

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Zsuzsy Bee, it does sound very healthy (and I do like veggie burgers), but I cannot imagine cutting milk products - such as cheece (no pizza!) and yogurt - and fish from my diet. I've tried tofu in a couples of dishes ... not impressed.


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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

Zsuzsy, when I had a veggie patch I used to often cook vegetarian dishes - not because I thought they were good for me, but just for the sheer pleasure of creating something scrumptious from things I had grown myself. When it was my own vegetables, I made the time! I can't get so enthusiastic about shop-bought ones, though...


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Dottie! Always glad when you come by for a visit. I honestly can say that I really enjoy vegetarian and vegan dishes.

I really believe that we will do ourselves a lot of good by sticking to a versatile diet with nothing in excess.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Laringo! I'm a firm believer in a variety ... nothing in excess for health. For the past four years I've been following this type of diet and feel better for it. My blood pressure has dropped to almost normal without medication its been 8 month since I had one of my bad migraine attack. And I feel that I have a lot more energy too.

We'll see if this might be the trick to longevity in about thirty or so years

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marisa! Thanks for coming by. I did the same years ago but then I moved my family to the farm and tried my hand at self sufficiency. As I'm alone now I made up a schedule for myself because I really love vegetarian and vegan dishes. I'm ashamed to say that I'm not against eating meat. I'm a vegan every Thursday and Friday night, a vegetarian every Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week one day chicken, one day fish and one day beef.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Country women! Thanks for coming by. I just love vegetarian and vegan dishes other then that I'm a fraud.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Bob! Thanks for coming by. I'm a vegan every Thursday and Friday night, a vegetarian every Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week one day chicken, one day fish and one day beef. I just love vegetarian and vegan dishes other then that I'm a fraud.

regards Zsuzsy


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Good food for thought.  I never thought about becoming a vegan but you give some good reasons to ponder. To tell you the truth, I have not even thought of becoming a vegetarian. Oh boy, I guess I have lots to think about!


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

This is very good information on the benefits of becoming a vegan. Right now I'm only at the stage of mostly vegetarian, because I do eat fish and chicken. This is a far cry from years ago when I was a meat eater everyday.


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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

I also went vegetarian for a few years in my youth.  I could never imagine going vegan - yes, it offers many health benefits IF done properly, but you have to be very careful to combine the correct protein and vitamin sources or you can end up malnourished. 

That means it's a lot of work, even more than vegetarianism - and I gave that up because it's just so much easier, when you work full-time and have a long commute, to throw a chicken breast on the griller than have to clean, cut up and prepare several vegetables (yes, I know there are vegetarian convenience foods, but in those days most of them were inedible!)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I am vegetarian and being vegan would simply be too much of letting go of almost all my favorite dishes (unless I can have a viable milk substitute for most of those items). But you do make "vegan" diet appetizing.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

I was a vegetarian for many years but taking the steps to being vegan was more than I was willing to do.

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