I’ve been fascinated by “junk food vegans” for more than half of my life. Sparing the suffering of animals is incredibly noble and important! And that goes for us t00–we are, after all, animals ourselves. After all, if we’re not healthy, how can we defend our animal friends? For me, that means eating a diet that’s not just animal free, but abundant in healthy, minimally processed and organic foods that will decrease my risk of disease and suffering. And I think it’s catching on across the country. I’m calling it the “Veganic” diet. What are your favorite organic vegan foods? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.
Veganic: Top 9 Reasons the Organic Vegan Diet Is Becoming the Norm by Jill Ettinger, Sunwarrior News
Being a vegetarian has often meant you can count on meat-eaters dismissing you as a granola-loving-tree-hugging-hippy. Crueler things have been said, certainly, but being criticized for wanting to eat healthy and spare unnecessary suffering is nothing short of confounding. And as America’s waistline continues to expand, its heart rate goes up, and its cholesterol jumps through the roof, many folks who once found themselves critical of a plant-based diet are finding more vegetables on their plates and less meat. In fact, it’s not just our own health that’s changing our diets—concerns over pesticide exposure and environmental damage are two of the leading reasons many people are opting for organic food as well. Have you made the switch? Here are nine reasons the ‘veganic’ diet may soon be your diet of choice.
- Healthy Weight: It may be obvious, but there really are no shortcuts if you want to be at your ideal weight. Eating less of the bad stuff and more of the good (like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) is a crucial change that must occur. And likewise, eating organic foods also spares you from exposure to pesticides that can disrupt your endocrine system and make it difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
- Longer Life: The healthier you are, generally speaking, the longer you’ll live. And studies have shown that a plant-based diet can significantly impact your lifespan, even if you only adopt it in old age! Studies have found those who ate the least amount of meat have the lowest rates of cancer and other degenerative diseases. The healthier you are, the happier you are too and that can also impact your longevity.
- Younger Looking: It would make sense that if you’re going to live longer, you’re also going to look younger, right? Something like that anyway.…However, it’s true that people who eat plenty of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables benefit from the antioxidants that fight the signs of aging, boost skin collagen, and keep you looking younger.
- You Are Not An Experiment: If you live in the U.S., you’re most likely regularly eating genetically modified foods without even knowing it. They make up 70 percent of the processed food in this country and are not labeled. Many studies have found human health risks connected to eating GMOs. Organic foods cannot contain genetically modified foods and that reduces your risk of illness and disease.
Read the rest of the reasons on Sunwarrior’s website!