A new year usually comes with new opportunities and challenges, and if you are up for an interesting new challenge, why not see if a plant-based diet can transform your life for the better. Why plant-based? Thanks to the Veganuary movement—a non-profit organisation that challenges people to follow a plant-based diet for the first 31 days of the year—January has become synonymous with veganism.
You never know, you might just have a new lifestyle that you want to implement for the rest of 2022.
The term “vegan” has first been used in 1944 after a group of vegetarians wanted to break away from Leicester Vegetarian Society in England to form the Vegan Society. In addition to refraining from eating meat, this new group made a conscious decision to not consume any animal products, which included honey, dairy and eggs.
Even though the shift to veganism might seem intimidating, it does not have to discourage you to give it a go. Veganism does not necessarily have to be a lifestyle choice; it can also solely be a decision to change your eating habits to plant-based foods.
Irrespective of why you want to try to follow a plant-based diet, the following benefits could also be used as a motivation:
There is a common misconception that if you follow a vegan diet that you will not have the strength and stamina to perform at your best due to the lack of certain nutrients in your diet. However, a study that was published by the National Library of Medicine has proven the contrary. Fifty-six active women’s physical activity levels, BMIs, body fat percentages, lean body masses, and muscle strengths were studied, with half of them following a vegan diet and the other half following an omnivore diet. After two years of studying these women’s performances, the study concluded that a vegan diet does not necessarily seem to be disadvantageous to endurance and muscle strength in healthy and active women.
It is therefore definitely possible to exercise and live an active lifestyle while following a vegan diet, but it is essential to ensure that you consume enough vitamins and nutrients to give your body the needed strength. Vitamins such as zinc, iron, vitamin B-12, calcium and omega fatty acids are essential when following a plant-based diet and can be found by consuming the necessary supplements.