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Vegan Diet For Health, the Environment and Animal Rights

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With obesity still a widespread concern, many overweight individuals are feeling the heat when it comes to their own personal health. Many people look at their waistlines and read the scary headlines on the news and wonder how their lifestyle will affect their longevity, and how it will also affect their quality of life, and what sorts of activities they'll be able to do with their loved ones.

One of the healthiest diets this world has ever seen is the low fat vegan diet. Many people have managed to go from morbidly obese to a healthy weight just from eliminating animal foods and animal byproducts from their diet. This alone takes care of much of the average American fat intake, but going a step further to limit fat intake from plant sources such as oils also contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle.

People who follow low fat vegan lifestyles not only are much less likely to be obese or overweight, but they are also much less likely to suffer from many conditions the average American dreads. For instance, people who follow a low fat vegan diet typically do not run the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, are at a severely lower risk for diabetes, and lower their risk of heart and kidney diseases exponentially.

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It can be quite an intimidating process to begin with, that much is almost for certain. Switching from hamburgers and processed cheesy foods to a wealth of fruits and vegetables does not to many people sound appealing. Some may even face it initially as almost like a punishment! Those who follow through, however, often remark that they cannot believe the diet they used to keep, and cannot imagine living life a different way, now.

Low fat vegan diets are rich in leafy green vegetables, which are not only cheap and plentiful, but a wonderful source of minerals like iron and vital protein. Multiple fruits are not only flavorful, but provide much needed vitamins and carbohydrates. These diets should be based around plants, with vegan breads and other foods at a smaller focus, and oils and vegan sweet treats used sparingly, for special occasions.

With such a delicious and healthy lifestyle and adequate exercise, one can shed the pounds and reverse health problems one is already experiencing, as well as lower one's chances of things like kidney disease or certain cancers. Having a healthier, more active lifestyle not only shrinks the waistline and gets rid of the spare tire around the middle, but also gives our life better quality. Less weight on the joints means lessened joint pain, and the ability to chase after those crazy kids and grandkids. A low fat vegan lifestyle can open doorways you never thought imaginable before.

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Shenita Etwaroo is an animal-loving author, advocate, artist, film producer, educator and vegan--and she's devoted her life to uplifting the voiceless of this world for the glory of God. In loving memory of her bunny companion, Neo, who (more...)
 

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