Diets are to die for right? The great debate seems never ending when it comes to optimal food and caloric intake.
Today, we would like to challenge and create a unique perspective on the world of veganism and dieting. By connecting a few key elements and mixing the right recipes, you will find the best “diet” (which is really a way of living) suitable to you and your needs, no matter how specific or generalized.
We have begun to analyze each major diet that is in the mainstream and retro-throwbacks from the past (picture Mediterranean and Paleo), we believe through connection and communication will we form the right tribal communities who all help one another live in the best conditions, dis-ease free.
But for now, the topic of the day is veganism foods, recipes, and resources:
Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that eliminates the use and consumption of animal products. Unlike other diets, veganism is really more of a lifestyle because the use of animal products in daily life – such as in clothing is forbidden.
Veganism sounds extreme to many and it is one of the most polarizing modern lifestyles. Since American children are largely brought up eating meat and drinking milk, the switch to veganism can be very drastic and difficult to deal with. Still, there are a few benefits to veganism and it deserves a second thought if you’ve quickly written it off.
History of Veganism
The term “vegan” was coined in 1944, although the idea behind veganism dates back centuries. There are several historical documents from India and the eastern Mediterranean according to a piece in Time Magazine written by Claire Suddath.
Veganism’s less extreme cousin vegetarianism does appear more often than veganism. Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, all promoted vegetarianism although the movement never gained much movement for a variety of reasons.
Today, veganism has a somewhat negative social stigma associated to the name, likely due to the “hipster” and “vegan extremists” which tend to annoy the general public. If you can look past this though, veganism does have its’ own merits, much like many other popular diets.
The Ethical Side to Veganism
Interest in veganism often develops from an ethical side. Various groups like PETA actively share propaganda, information, and content about the mistreatment of animals at America’s factory farms, and although PETA is no saint, their propaganda seems to create an emotional response from the general public.
This is the greatest debate between vegans and the rest of the public. Most people agree that animals are not treated ethically at large farms, but most people disagree whether animals deserve to be treated ethically.
Besides animal treatment, many vegans also look at the environmental impact of large factory farms. Large farms create a staggering amount of greenhouses gases and waste material, and these farms may have a small impact on global climate change.
Some reports claim that these farms are a driving force behind virtually every category of environmental damage, although these claims have gone unsubstantiated. Still, its’ clear that these farms do have a major environmental impact – especially in the local area.
The Health Benefits of Veganism
In reality, the best reason to consider veganism is its’ apparent health benefits. In the documentary “Forks Over Knives”, patients taking medicine for diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are asked to start a plant-based diet for eight weeks and to wean themselves off of their medicine completely. In most cases, patients saw a significant improvement in their condition.
Although people think that the only way to get several nutrients like protein and calcium is through meat and dairy products, this is actually not true. Even worse, American rates as one of the highest consumers of milk, yet it also has the highest bone-breaking osteoporosis victims.
The China Cornell Oxford Project
According to a 20-year long project known as the “China Cornell Oxford Project”, the diets of over 16,000 Chinese families were observed. Researchers found that families that consumed more high quality, plant-based foods had a significantly lower risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
The study found that various other diseases like autoimmune disorders and brain diseases were also linked to the consumption of meat products.
It’s clear that consuming a plant-based diet is far superior to consuming a meat-based diet. Although veganism is given a bad reputation, there are some real benefits to following the vegan lifestyle. Although it may be difficult to follow at first, the benefits will far exceed the obstacles to switching to a vegan lifestyle.