Feel Good February is all about being able to feel good about your whole self and your impact. Feel Good about your health, your time managament, your footprint on the planet, and for our animals. Feel Good as you eat delicious food. It's all about comitting to replace one meal a day with an easy peasy, super nutritious, classic, healthy, pre-prepared alternative fast food that's quality, plant based, AND made right here in New Zealand.
During these crazy times, more and more people are reevaluating their diets in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re thinking about making the plant-based plunge or just want a refresher on why being vegan is amazing for your body, we’ve got you covered.
From smooth sailing in your digestive system to yogi guru levels of energy, it pays to go plant-based. Side note: We’re talking about whole foods, fiber-rich vegan diet, and not one laden with vegan cheesecake, heavily processed, oily veggie burgers, and french fries. Occasionally, it is okay, but if you want to Feel Good this Feb, it’s best to say “Pass the greens, please.”
1. You'll feel happier.
Aside from being in a better mood because you feel good about helping the environment, research shows that ditching meat and dairy is a mood booster. Meat-eaters have a higher intake of arachidonic acid compared to vegetarians,” explain the Nutrition Twins Lyssie Lakatos, “Diets high in arachidonic acid can alter the brain and disturb mood.”
2. You’ll have more energy.
“You may feel more well-rested and have more energy, thanks to a better night’s sleep. Sleep enhancing brain chemicals such as serotonin, tryptophan, and melatonin are found in many vegan foods,”... On the other hand, studies show that meat and animal products can worsen sleeping conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, which disrupts sleep.
4. Your digestion will improve
Especially now, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, promoting optimal digestion is oh-so-important (we’ll spare you the details but leave you with two words: quarantine constipation).If a plant-based diet is done correctly, those who make the switch may notice almost an immediate increase in overall satiety and digestion. Plant-based diets are high in insoluble and soluble fibers. Adequate intake of dietary fiber is positively associated with reducing the risk for developing heart disease and improving overall gut health.
5. You’ll feel fuller longer.
Not in the "feel like crap, need a nap" way you feel after a big steak dinner, but in the most satisfying " I am no longer hungry but feel fueled and ready to go" kind of ways. By eating a fiber-rich diet, you’ll also help curb cravings which can help with weight management, energy levels, and more. When you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, you’re more likely to include vegetarian sources of protein, such as chickpeas, black beans, and lentils. These are nutrients that help keep you satiated for longer.
6. Inflammation in your body will decrease.
You'll experience a significant decrease in inflammation, even inflammation you may not have noticed you were carrying. Chronic, low-level inflammation can cause widespread health issues from brain fog to chronic disease,” shares Trista K. Best, MPH, RD, LDN, of Balance One. A vegan diet incorporates many fruits and vegetables which contain phytonutrients that act as antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are known for removing toxins produced by free radicals and cause cellular damage, all of which lead to low-level chronic inflammation in the body.
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- Mila x | V on Wheels