Vegan is a word we are hearing with increased frequency. As the demand for nutritional purity rises in the face of growing obesity and the incidence of nutritionally related illness and disease, people are looking to get back to the basics, discover nutritional purity and authentic healing. Vegan provides the solution.
I’m living proof!
At the age of 26, I was diagnosed with stage 4b Lymphoma. Immediately I was tossed into a world of chemotherapy drugs, radiation and pain management that continued for much of the next 5 years. In all, I endured 3 diagnosis’ leading to Large Cell Lymphoma, subsequent treatment and yet still remained on my death bed. Until, that is, I was blessed to discover vegan as a means to my cure. Simply, vegan was my answer to desperate pleas and prayers for healing. I have now been cancer free for 16 years! Though no longer a pure vegan, its influence remains very strong in my nutritional strategy and wellness while my conviction remains as strong as ever that vegan is a must include element in any nutritional strategy. Whether in part or in whole, vegan is a powerful element of wellness.
So let’s take a look at 3 simple steps to understanding and implementing vegan into your nutritional strategy.
1. Understand the Basics
Vegan is plant based nutrition. There are NO animal products included in this nutritional strategy. That not only includes meat and poultry but eggs, fish and yes, honey! Why? The simple fact is that animal products are somewhat taxing to the digestive system. And the digestive system is the foundation of all god health. Taxed, weakened, compromised digestion ultimately leads to the same degree of health.
Plant based vegan foods however, are easy on the system. They empower digestive healing and then ultimately allow for optimal nutrient absorption and assimilation. A win win for the body.
But what does a vegan eat? The answer is probably not what you think. I find most imagine big bowls of salads all day every day. Thankfully, that is not the case. Vegan nutrition includes a wide variety of whole grains, loads of veggies and fruits, legumes of every kind imaginable along with seeds and nuts just to name the basics. All of these combine to create an endless array of simply good, delicious and nutritious meals.
2. Know Your Why
Now that you have a very basic understanding of vegan nutrition, you need to carefully consider your WHY.
Why are you considering vegan? There are several reasons to consider.
A common consideration is animal welfare. Many want to surrender their animal product consumption simply in response to a love for animals. And that is a noble reason indeed; one that frankly I do consider important. Yet, though I do struggle, dare I say that I largely disagree, with animal management, modern ranching practices and eventually the slaughtering process, that was not my reason and it may not be so for you.
I chose it for healing. As I mentioned, I was desperate for an answer that would save my life. I knew in my heart that there was something environmentally relevant to my disease. Not one doctor agreed at the time but it did not dissuade me and my conviction that there was an element involved that could be changed and controlled that would naturally cure my disease. Vegan was the answer!
So, you have 3 clear choices for your WHY. You could choose vegan as a means of caretaking for other animals, you could choose it for healing and purity or you could chose it for both. I would say, however, that knowing your why is crucial to your success. It is your conviction and the foundation of your commitment and dedication to the transition and ultimately the lifestyle of vegan nutrition.
3. Taking the First Steps
Now that your why has been determined, it is time to take the next step. Are you ready?
You could go the all or nothing route like I did but unless you are in the condition I was, basically facing weeks to a painful end, I would suggest you take a few simple introductory steps.
Consider going lacto-ovo-pescaterian to start. Huh? I know, big words, right? It’s simple. You keep eggs, dairy and seafood in your nutritional strategy but cut out all other meat and poultry. It’s a great starting position that will allow you to ease into the vegan lifestyle of plant based nutrition.
Another step you can take is to replace your staple items with vegan as you consume them. Emptying out the cupboards, fridge and freezer in one swap can send you and your bank account into cardiac arrest. Vegan is a very affordable means of nutrition as plant based foods themselves are quite affordable in comparison to animal products but the once off costs can be a bit much t bear. So, instead, replace products as you run out.
Finally, integrate vegan recipes into your diet one by one.This is why I created It’s Vegan Friday, a free weekly offer of recipes. This encourages you to dedicate first one day to vegan nutrition and then leaves you with recipes to implement into your new lifestyle. Just begin simply! You’ll be more likely to enjoy the journey and embrace this powerful element of wellness and healing as a lifestyle. And once you’ve begun, Simply Good Vegan is a 41 page e-cookbook filled with creative, incredibly delicious recipes for your enjoyment and health.
Vegan is a remarkably simple, pure, clean, nutritious and delicious element of wellness. As I mentioned early on, I believe, whether in part or whole, vegan will change your life for the good.
So whether you, like I was 16 years ago, are looking for natural healing or are concerned about animal welfare and modern ranching practices; whether ready to make it your full time nutritional lifestyle or simply commit to vegan dinners during the week, I am certain that vegan nutrition will transform your life.
Vegan is in fact, a powerful element of wellness that you do not want to overlook.
Do you think you are ready to embrace vegan nutrition? Are you ready to follow these simple steps to introducing vegan and possibly transition to a vegan lifestyle?
Carl Mason- Liebenberg is a Wellness and Weight Loss Specialist, Author, Fitness Coach, and a Leader in Creating a Lifestyle of Wellness. His passion is for those who suffer from poor nutrition, related illnesses, addictions and overweight conditions; with a specific focus on women. Carl unveils the power of nutrition and fitness to bring recovery, healing, restoration and strength. Carl has personally experienced what he teaches and continues to study and learn to improve his ability to teach you a Lifestyle of Wellness. He has recently launched a series of e-products called Simply Good that you’ll want to be sure to obtain in your journey to authentic wellness. For more information and opportunities please join him at http://www.el3mentsofwellness.com .
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