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Veganism: A Lifestyle That Can Make a Positive Change

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The new year is a time for resolutions and sometimes even a new lifestyle to try out. Trying out veganism can promote many health benefits. Many people have their questions about veganism.  Where do you get your protein from and how can you live without meat as a protein source? There are tons of alternative forms of proteins made from plants and sometimes meat can have too much protein that is unhealthy for the human body. For instance, the average American man eats about 100 grams of protein a day and the average woman eats about 70 grams. That is a lot more than the normal serving of protein should be, which is around 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women. Excess protein can be unhealthy for your body and cause unnecessary weight gain.

Making the decision to eat plant proteins can be a great substitute for meat. Being a vegan can help combat many health problems, like heart disease and cancer. Eating raw clean food that is high in antioxidants can also help disinfect your digestive system. Jeff Hoffman, my father and one of the AHS football coaches, has just transitioned into the vegan lifestyle.

“I have been a vegetarian for many years and seeing how my body is reacting to the vegan diet is amazing. My skin is looking a lot nicer and I don’t feel as bloated anymore. I really care about the lives of animals and making this transition to veganism has made me feel like I am benefiting the planet,” Hoffman said.

Choosing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can support animals. Being vegan is one of the best options if you want to provide help to animals. By going vegan for a year, you save the lives of 198 animals. Personally, I discovered after being on a plant-based diet for the past week that my complexion and digestive system have already improved a lot despite longterm results taking between 6 and 8 months. Lupita Perez from Omaha, Nebraska, has been a vegan for two years.

“When I first became a vegan, I would cheat a lot. Now, I don’t cheat as much and I’m super used to this diet. I have seen super great results and my appearance has improved positively,” Perez said.

Most people who have transitioned into a raw, vegan lifestyle have seen a lot of positive results including weight loss, disease prevention, healthy skin, and a longer life. Studies have shown those who are vegan live three to six years longer than those who aren’t. Sierra Anderson, an Aspen local, was a vegan for 16 years.

“I had to stop being vegan when I was pregnant with my first child. My body needed more protein than it was normally getting from plant proteins.” Anderson said.

When you limit yourself to certain foods, it can be a challenge on your body. Listening to what your body needs is an important part of committing to it. According to Anderson, taking on the vegan lifestyle is much more than just eating vegan.

“The hardest part was realizing how many things have animal products in them, or are tested on animals, not only food, but makeup, shampoo etc. To be truly vegan is to be conscious of everything you buy and consume,” Anderson said.

 

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