The end of the year (and the decade!) is near, and the time for resolution-setting is around the corner. Why not kick off the next decade doing the one thing that will help your success in the next ten years?
This January, take on #Veganuary: A free challenge to go vegan for 30 days in the month of January!
Why Should I Go Vegan?
What does vegan mean? No animal products – including meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. In this challenge, we’ll be eating as many whole plant foods as possible. Here’s why:
You’ll look better.
Research shows that eating meat, dairy, and eggs increases inflammation in the body, which can lead to weight gain, swelling, puffiness, and redness in the skin. Alternatively, eating more fruits and vegetables leads to better skin, better weight management, and slower aging.
You’ll have a better physically intimate relationships.
Studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables not only reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction in men, it also improves their, ahem, performance. This study also found women with a diet consisting of mainly plants to have better orgasms. Broccoli, anyone?
You’ll lose weight.
You’ll feel happier.
A diet with red meat and processed foods increases depression, research says, versus a diet rich in whole foods. Studies show that those who increase their fruit and vegetable intake report greater happiness, life satisfaction, and resilience through stress.
You’ll be more productive.
A high intake of meat and fried foods leads to faster cognitive decline at older ages, while more fruits and veggies is associated with better cognitive function, a lower risk of cognitive impairment, and lowered risk for dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.
You’ll live longer.
A diet rich in animal protein (including eggs) is associated with early death, more heart disease, higher risk of cancer, and greater all-cause mortality (that is, dying from any cause). Alternatively, low meat and dairy intake is linked to greater longevity, lowered risk of heart disease, and preventing (and reversing!) many other diseases. In fact, a vegan diet confers the lowest risk of cancer. Besides disease, a vegan diet increases telomere length (the longer your telomeres are, the slower you age)!
You’ll have more strength and endurance.
Do you have some work out goals for 2020 and don’t want to lose your stride? Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your athletic performance, leading to increased energy, increased blood flow, decreased inflammation, and better muscle efficiency and endurance.
You’ll be kinder and more compassionate.
Even if the process of how meat, dairy, and eggs get to your plate doesn’t concern you, eating more plants can help you become more compassionate towards animals and people. And, research finds, compassion leads to better health!
You’re saving the planet.
You’ll save money.
The multitude of scientific studies that detail the health detriments of meat, dairy, and egg consumption paint a picture of lifelong medical costs and medication. As the current leading cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease, this study found that not eating enough fruits and vegetables may account for millions of deaths from heart disease each year. If you are healthy and vibrant, you pay less in healthcare and medication costs. Worried about the grocery bill? Here’s some ways to stay frugal and vegan!
You’re setting future generations up for success.
We all want our kids and grandkids to live long, happy, healthy lives. What better way to show them how to do that by doing it yourself? Kids pick up on everything we do as adults, and it shows them a model of how to care for ourselves and others. Not only do kids who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of disease, they also gain the crucial life-long skill of how to eat healthy!
The Veganuary Challenge
What: Eat a diet of fruits and vegetables for 30 days!
When: Any time you want! But I will provide active support for you in January 2020.
How: Sign up here to receive FREE weekly meal plans, tips, and motivation each week in January!
Why: See above.
It’s time to start your new decade off right!