We know what you must be thinking when you read the title of this blog… but we promise we are not here to lecture you about becoming a vegan! At Auro we care about your health and happiness and we want to inform you of all the amazing benefits of plant protein. Now by all means we are not telling you to go cold tofu on your regular diet. But did you know that going vegan for just 1 or 2 days a week can have incredible benefits on your mind, body and wellbeing! Here are 7 quick fire reasons why Veganuary sounds like a great way to start off 2021…
1. For the gains
Did you know that broccoli contains more protein per calorie than steak and, per calorie, spinach is about equal to chicken and fish? Many may not realise just how much protein is in plants, which is often why people look to meat for their source of protein. What’s more, plants and meat substitutes contain less fat and calories than animal meat. So, veganism means more protein and less fat – it’s a win win situation.
2. For the planet
If you eat vegan for just 1 day a week you can save 1, 500 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square foot of land and 20 pounds of CO2! Our population eating meat and dairy accounts for approximately 14.5% of global greenhouse gases. This is through environmental effects such as fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste and water and land consumption. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for the planet.
3. For your heart
Research has linked vegan diets with amazing health benefits such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer have also been reported. Even eating just a vegetarian diet can lower the risk of heart disease by 22%.
4. For the animals
This point is pretty self explanatory! Animals are cute, fluffy and preventing the exploitation of animals is an amazing reason to give Veganuary a try. You don’t have to run before you walk. If you know that vegan mac n cheese really isn’t going to cut it for you, just start off with being a veggie for a day or two and see how that goes for you.
5. For the flat stomach
Maintaining a healthy gut and eating plenty of fiber helps reduce belly fat and bloating. A vegan diet is typically high in fruit and vegetables, which are high in fiber and will have amazing benefits on your gut health.
6. For Fitness
If you are already on a healthy eating plan, you may find that your diet does not drastically change that much when switching to vegan. The truth is that you can be vegan and achieve any of your fitness goals. For those that work out regularly, a vegan diet can help the body recover much faster post-workout, due to plant based foods being considered an alkaline food (helps the body to flourish).
7. For your mind
Going vegan can help with your mental health too. Eating a vegan diet helps you practice mindfulness and compassion by making thoughtful decisions about the food you are putting into your body. You may also experience a boost in energy from this change in your diet. Plant based foods provide higher doses of vitamins and nutrients that help increase your brain function, and you may find that your carbohydrate consumption will increase, which in turn will help you become much more energetic following your meals.
At Auro, we believe that nutrition, movement and sleep form the foundation to a healthy, happy life. Not sure where to start? Check out Auro’s vegan meal plans on the Auro app today.