Guys Going Green: Vegan lifestyle Prevents Disease / Encourages Growth
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary a vegan is, “a person who does not eat or use animal products” but you really don’t need to consult a dictionary to figure that out. You could do what I did and ask a friend. What you’ll find out is that vegans aren’t just concerned about the life of the animals the rest of us eat, but they’re more concerned about their own bodies as well. Vegans differ from vegetarians in their exclusion of all meat, eggs, anything taken from an animal. You see them doing the same things as the rest of us, except maybe chowing down a hot dog at the game or something (but we all know what’s really in those things anyway). My point is, I know plenty of guys that go vegan because they want to keep muscle but get lean, and they know they can cut down on fat and keep energy levels high by embracing this more holistic and natural style of life. But just how do Vegans get all the proper nutrients, cut down on fat, and keep energy levels high? Let’s take a look at some of the staples of the vegan diet and figure out what it is that makes it so successful.
Vegans thrive on four food groups, which many argue are the only food groups one should consume to live a truly healthy life.
Fruit: Apples, Bananas, Melons, Oranges Blueberries, Grapes, all rich in zinc, fiber, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants, and essential minerals and nutrients, and all popular with vegans. They are rich in carbs and their natural sugars are a much healthier alternative to the highly processed sugars in most foods. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Fruit juice contains less fiber than whole fruit so one should strive to consume at least a cup of fresh fruit a day.
Legumes: This section includes beans, but nuts also should and would be included in this section. They provide a light but filling snack or meal high in protein snack and plenty of good cholesterol and fiber. They’re also rich in iron, an essential mineral, and vitamin B, a proponent of nervous system health. Replacing meat in your diet with Legumes is a great way to maintain heart health and trim your waistline, all while getting that protein guys need
Vegetables: Vegetables are notorious for their myriad health benefits. Dark green vegetables are particularly rich in beta-carotene, an important metabolic agent. They are some of the richest foods in fiber, calcium, vitamins, and other nutrients. Lighter vegetables like squash are extra rich in beta-carotene and vegetables like carrots are good for eyesight Recommended portions are at least a cup of fresh vegetables a day (or half cup cooked). They are a low calorie food and great for regulating digestion. Vegans should look to an assortment of dark and light vegetables (beets, carrots, squash, dark greens, asparagus, broccoli).
Whole Grains: Grains reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are prevalent in men. The specificity of whole grains is important, as whole grains retain the germ, bran, and endosperm, all of the grain seed. Grains are the most essential source of fiber of the four food groups. They are rich in B vitamins to provide lasting energy and promote metabolism, and they are a great source of minerals. Eating whole grains has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer and diabetes and has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight.
Eating from these four food groups is something we all do, but eating from these four exclusively… not so much. It seems like common sense honestly. Get yourself into better shape and improve your life with this holistic lifestyle.