Vegan Meals: Not a Diet but a Lifestyle Choice
A vegan expert, or are you new to the vegan life and looking to feast on some sinless, animal-free comfort food this winter—-maybe even permanently? If you’ve just moved over from omnivore to herbivore, you deserve a good pat on the back. More than just a trend but a lifestyle-changer, veganism is a beautiful sacrifice, and opportunity to make a difference to the planet and your quality of life.
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”—The Vegan Society.
Veganism is all about ditching animal products in favour of plant-based meals and non-animal products. For some, shunning dairy and meat is a way to avoid the health risks linked to animal products. For others, the idea of eating anything with a face on makes their choice a no-brainer. Not just a diet but a lifestyle choice, vegan meals allow health and animal-conscious individuals, families and communities to make daily choices that benefit animals, the planet, and their health.
Rich in Nutrients and Low in Saturated Fats
A vegan diet is one of the healthiest ways to live. Many studies highlight the preventive potential of plant-based meals, which is why so many doctors, athletes and health establishments support vegan nutrition. Unlike western diets that rely on carbohydrates, sugar, and trans-fats—with zero vitamins and minerals, vegan foods are medicine to the body. Vegan meals rely on fresh seasonal probiotic-rich whole-foods that are rich in chlorophyll, and high in vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, iron, fibre and phytochemicals.
Protein is just as essential to the body, and science and research show that we do not need to rely on meat and poultry for protein. For instance, beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, tempeh, and soya chunks contain more than enough protein to sustain a vegan diet. A rich and varied plant-based diet is not only high in vitamins A, B1, C, E, and protein, but these optimal healthy meals offer both prevention and treatment of a host of modern lifestyle diseases. Whether you’re making the switch because of your love for animals or health reasons, vegan meals bring a handful of noticeable, life-changing benefits.
- Promote weight-loss
- Reduce the risk and overcome Type 2 diabetes
- Improve kidney function
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Minimise the chance of breast, prostate and colon cancer
- Better manage HbA1C levels in Type 1 diabetes
- Decrease pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Diminish chances of hypertension and stroke
Plant-based vegan meals provide more than enough nutrients required for optimal health, but you can still be an overweight or undernourished vegan. A healthy body requires a healthy balance of protein, fats and minerals. However, many vegans and vegetarians go off-script—but only because meal preparation is time-consuming. The thing about vegan meals is that they require both the right ingredients and skill to create delicious, wholesome dishes—and that’s where Herbivore EarthFoods outshine.
With a national online sales and delivery footprint, we bring nutritionally balanced vegan meals to families, students and executives throughout South Africa—adding convenience and health to tables.