There is lots of confusion about what makes a good diet, and it is the subject of many books, websites, videos, and shows, but study after study shows that a plant-based diet has lots of health benefits. But you don’t need to become a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy some health benefits of such diets.
Adopt: Why Trying a Vegan Meal Is a Good Idea
Vegan diets are associated with multiple health benefits, such as lower Body Mass Index (BMI), lower blood pressure, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and lower cardiovascular disease (Le & Sabaté, 2014). A vegan diet may improve the health of your digestive system and the number of healthy bacteria in your digestive system (Glick-Bauer & Yeh, 2014).
However, it can be difficult for many people to adopt a vegan diet for a variety of reasons. One way to increase the benefits associated with a meat-free diet is to just reduce the amount of meat and animal products that you eat. The easiest way to do this for many people is to dedicate one meal per day to vegan foods.
Adapt: Explore Your Vegan and Vegetarian Options
You can modify any meal to make it a vegan meal, and it doesn’t need to just involve “rabbit food”. To get started, try using prepared frozen vegan foods, visit a vegan restaurant, or order a vegan version of your favorite menu item. If vegan options aren’t available, try vegetarian options, which are typically available in most areas.
If you like cooking, there are many websites with vegan recipes from a wide variety of cultures.
If you don’t like what you try, then try something else.
Attach: Pick a Meal that Works Best for You
You can change breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, and afternoon snack, or even desert to a vegan dish. Choose the meal that will be easiest for you to stick to, so you can consistently practice this healthy habit.
Remember: Wellness Habits Are the Foundation of a Life of Well-Being
Glick-Bauer, M., & Yeh, M.-C. (2014). The health advantage of a vegan diet: exploring the gut microbiota connection. Nutrients, 6(11), 4822–4838. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu6114822
Le, L. T., & Sabaté, J. (2014). Beyond meatless, the health effects of vegan diets: findings from the Adventist cohorts. Nutrients, 6(6), 2131–2147. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu6062131
She has been creating articles and multimedia to help others learn about mental health, physical health, life skills, therapy, relationships, family, and personal growth since 1995. Plus, she provides counseling and mental health therapy to adolescents and adults in Oregon and teaches wellness classes.
She has a Master's of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling, a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) in Natural Science, an Associate's of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts, and a certificate in Writing.
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