November 1 Is World Vegan Day
Today is World Vegan Day! A vegan is a person who does not eat any food derived from animals and who typically does not use other animal products.
Three years ago, I began the vegan way of living because I wanted to encourage the consumption of more fruits and vegetables to support our healthy eating habits. Working for Dr. Smith, a cancer specialist in Washington, DC, also inspired me to seek ways of eating that would defend us from cancer. There have been many studies supporting the health benefits of plant-based foods.
The Mayo Clinic states in their article that it’s true that plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, are packed with nutrition. And research has also shown that eating lots of them is linked with lower cancer rates.
An explanation: Plants produce many phytochemicals (literally, plant chemicals) that may protect cells from damage. Phytochemicals have many beneficial effects, including anti-inflammatory effects, says Angie Murad, RDN, LD.
Another way plant-based foods may prevent cancer is by boosting fiber consumption. Young women who ate the most fiber-rich diets were 25% less likely to get breast cancer later in life, a study found. Other research finds that every 10 grams of daily fiber could lower the risk of colorectal cancer by 10%.
Recently I have made many meals in the crockpot for convenience and ease of preparation. And when you get done with your day, your dinner is ready to serve! These 44 different recipes have various ingredients packed with flavor and nutrition.
Some of my favorites on this list are Minestrone Soup, French Onion Soup, and White Bean Soup! I have not tried Spicy Pumpkin Soup, but it looks good too! After you have attempted these soups, there is plenty of room for you to make them your own by adding some of your favorite ingredients.
For more information about eating vegan, please check out the following links.
Writing: Sara Vogt | ACE Certified Personal Trainer
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