By Paige Arden
It is an undisputed fact among vegans that the act of being intentional with the products they use, eat, or are surrounding themselves with has changed their lives. They have had little choice but to choose healthier options in their diet because a certain amount of fruits and vegetables is required to make a meal sustainable. This means automatic dietary health in an attempt to get all of the daily nutrients needed using only plant-based products.
A vegan’s view on food has been shown to be one of the healthiest diets out there due to the large quantity of not only vegetables but also beans, legumes, lentils, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. These food-group staples tend to be higher in fibres, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and phytochemicals.
Learning to cook is a skill that many vegans have acquired because of this diet of whole foods and basic, unprocessed ingredients. Being required to know more about the foods they ingest since they have to be aware of which ingredients can supplement the nutrients lost from abstaining from meat is a great skill to have. It forces a person to look at things like vitamins and electrolytes to ensure that they manage to get their daily dose. Veganism is something that really requires a certain level of health-consciousness.
One thing that is, perhaps, slightly less talked about is the way in which veganism promotes a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the kitchen.
Since vegans have learned to care more about their health and the health of others as they just live their lives, they are often good at keeping on top of exercise. Vegans learn to care about their bodies because they know that they have control over what they eat and how they eat it. Sure, many omnivores are great athletes and do frequent workouts.
However, their food choices are part of keeping healthy, rather than things that promote and ensure it. With health-conscious vegans, this often carries over to exercise where vegans tend to be more physically active through things like workouts or sports or yoga.
When the vegan stereotype is plants, yoga, and meditation, it is not hard to see why that is not far from the truth for many. Veganism also promotes, to a certain extent, spirituality. Keeping a healthy mind is just as important as keeping a healthy body. It is more than just mental fitness or mental health, but it is also about mental clarity.
Enjoying your life rather than just feeling weighed down by it. A balance is necessary, and maintaining such a healthy diet as the one that vegans do makes a person eager to achieve the same health is all aspects of their life.
Veganism does many things for each individual. The main thing is the positivity that stems from the act of maintaining a balanced situation. It is likely due to this favourable lifestyle of mental clarity, encouragement of physical activity, and above-average nutrition that vegans have been estimated to live an average of 6-9 years longer than the average meat-eater. Ultimately, the reason as to why veganism promotes a healthier and happier lifestyle goes back to Gary L. Francione as he shared: “Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.”