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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Veganism

by Peter Manley

Following a vegan diet can be one of the best decisions anyone can make to improve their health. And, luckily, it is now easier than ever to make the change. If you don’t believe in the power of plants, let’s take a look at eight amazing health benefits of veganism. You might be inspired to make the switch. 

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Easier time with weight loss.

Vegans are often known to eat as much as they please without having to count calories and still lose weight. Why is that? The answer is simple: because plant-based foods are typically very nutrient-rich, high in fiber, and low in calories. This is an easy recipe for weight loss.

Lowered risk of heart disease.

Heart disease, such as hypertension and stroke, are linked to high levels of cholesterol. Considering that plants have zero cholesterol, vegans are known to have a 75% lower chance of developing heart disease compared to their meat-eating friends.

Lowered risk of cancer.

At the same time, vegans also have a 15% lower chance of developing or dying from cancer compared to meat-eaters. This is because plants are filled with antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals, while the absence of meat means vegans don’t consume the many cancer-promoting chemicals found in meat.

Stronger immune system.

When it comes to fighting off the common cold, flu, or even seasonal allergies, your immune system is your body’s first line of defense. Scientists have found that vegans tend to have a stronger immune system compared to their meat-eating friends, which in turn results in fewer incidents of being sick.

Increased levels of longevity.

Aside from water and green tea, veganism may be the best solution to a longer life. Vegans live on average six to ten years longer than meat-eaters do. And yes, that is indeed regardless of other variables such as smoking and drinking.

Healthier and glowing skin.

If you’ve ever witnessed someone convert to a vegan diet, you might have noticed that all of a sudden they looked like they had a fresh tan. Due to the many nutrients found in a plant-based diet, vegans tend to have amazingly healthy and glowing skin.

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Increased energy levels.

If you find that you’re often feeling tired and lazy, switching to a healthy vegan diet may just be the solution to your problem. Vegans tend to have increased energy levels than meat-eaters since animal products require more energy to be digested in comparison to plants.

Improved gut health.

The gut has been commonly nicknamed as the “second brain” due to its strong correlation to your mood and overall wellbeing. A vegan diet improves the microbiome in your gut by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria while killing off the harmful ones.


Peter manley eat bright livingAbout Peter Manley 

Peter is a blogger/freelancer who writes SEO articles for businesses and bloggers that want to see their Google search rankings reach new levels. His articles have appeared on several websites, such as VegWorldMag.com. He is the owner and primary contributor to OperationAbundance.com. His writing focuses on balancing informative and engaging with SEO applications– this makes all of his writings very entertaining. Learn more about how Peter’s work can help you grow by subscribing to OperationAbundance.com and contacting Peter on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pierremanleyiii.

Vegan Fine Foods: All Vegan Supermarket

Vegan Fine Foods, located in the sunny city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been dubbed “the vegan Whole Foods.”  Even though everything offered is vegan, the majority of its customers are not, making it fair competition in the health food market business.

Steven smith vegan fine foods The founder is Dr. Steven Smith, who has personally committed to the vegan lifestyle since 1997. Prior to opening Vegan Fine Foods market, Dr. Smith worked as an engineer for Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo. Ambition led Dr. Smith to open Vegan Fine Foods, which sells more than 4,000 products and attracted over 35,000 customers.  Like most vegans, Dr. Smith enjoys spreading the cruelty-free message and plans to expand his business into other locations throughout the nation. His goal is to have Vegan Fine Foods stores in all 50 states.

Impressively, the Fort. Lauderdale flagship store turned a 1.2 million profit in its first 15 months of business. The business will be launching an online shopping option and its own branded products. The first private label product was launched in December 2018, Vegan Fine Wines, which is the store’s wine collection. Vegan Fine Foods plans to launch its own label for food, health and beauty items.

Dr. Smith believes that having their own private label products creates partnerships with high quality companies and will increase margins. The goal is to have 100 nation-wide franchises opened by 2024, all leading to high profits similar to the flagship store no doubt. Franchise options include the entire Vegan Fine Foods market, Vegan Fine Café only and Vegan Fine Body (health and beauty products) only.  Dr. Smith states, “we believe each option is different enough from the others that it will tap into different market niches and not cannibalize sales from each other if they happen to be in the same geographic market.” Providing options to franchise owners allows for the partners to have more control over what would be appropriate for their location, talent, and budget.

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As a local store, Vegan Fine Foods can focus on marketing to the same base that shops at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Trader Joe’s, showing the contrast between why they are the better option. This market will entice potential franchisees to build businesses in their communities that perhaps already have a local health food market. Vegan Fine Foods has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on WeFunder to raise $1,070,000 for the expansion. The WeFunder platform allows anyone in the public to invest in start-up businesses. Dr. Smith has added to his team highly esteemed and experienced marketing individuals to take Vegan Fine Foods nation-wide into communities that desire a different alternative to Whole Foods and other food chains. The company will officially become a franchisor this month.

 

 

Details of the WeFunder equity crowdfunding campaign are at: https://wefunder.com/veganfinefoods

How to Meal Prep as a Vegan and Make Sure Your Nutritional Needs Are Met

by Peter Manley

If you’re already eating a vegan diet, then that’s great! Veganism comes with a plethora of health benefits, such as decreasing your risk of heart disease and cancer, providing antioxidants and healthy vitamins and minerals, and boosting your fiber intake, which can lead to healthy weight loss*. Indeed, adopting a vegan diet is one of the best decisions you could’ve made for yourself.

If you know anything about veganism, then you know that while it is extremely healthy, it does take a bit of precaution and proper planning to ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients necessary for optimal health. With that being said, how do you meal prep for a vegan diet? This may seem like a daunting task, but it is fairly easy. It is very similar to meal prepping for an omnivorous diet. Let’s take a look at how to meal prep for a vegan diet while making sure that all of your nutritional needs are still met.

#1: Decide which day will be “Meal Prep Day”.

First of all, you have to decide which day of the week will be designated as your day to meal prep for the week. While you can choose any day that fits your schedule, most people tend to choose Sunday, since it’s a fairly relaxed day that usually isn’t filled with many responsibilities.

#2: Purchase meal prep containers.

No, you don’t want to simply opt for generic Tupperware bowls. You can prepare all of your food to look amazing, but once you throw it into these bowls, it mixes into one big blob of goop. That’s not exactly appetizing. Instead, opt for containers that are BPA free, microwavable, stackable, reusable, and have several compartments in them. Three to four compartments is optimal.

#3: Follow the standard plate portion guidelines.

In any typical dish, you’ll find – or should find – these three components: a protein source, fruits and/or vegetables, and a starch source. In the world of health and fitness, there is a widely accepted guideline as to how your plate should be portioned for optimal health. The guideline is as follows:

  • 50% Fruit and/or Vegetables
  • 25% Protein
  • 25% Starch

Again, this is a general guide, and your needs may vary depending on your fitness levels and goals. For example, if you’re looking to lose weight, you may lower your starch intake while eating more protein. To gain weight, you’d do the inverse of that. Of course, all of the food on your plate will be plant-based but you can still meet these guidelines.

Some great vegan protein sources include nuts, seeds, beans, tempeh, tofu, spinach, quinoa, and even broccoli. If you’re in search of great vegan starches to add to your arsenal, try potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, or rice.

Conclusion

You see, meal prepping for a vegan diet is not that complex after all. While you do have to be mindful that you’re getting enough of commonly deficient nutrients such as vitamin B12 and omega 3 fatty acids, you can easily meet the recommended daily amount (RDA) for these nutrients by taking a multivitamin/mineral supplement. Otherwise, meal prep as you normally would.


Peter manley eat bright livingAbout Peter Manley 

Peter is a blogger/freelancer who writes SEO articles for businesses and bloggers that want to see their Google search rankings reach new levels. His articles have appeared on several websites, such as VegWorldMag.com. He is the owner and primary contributor to OperationAbundance.com. His writing focuses on balancing informative and engaging with SEO applications– this makes all of his writings very entertaining. Learn more about how Peter’s work can help you grow by subscribing to OperationAbundance.com and contacting Peter on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pierremanleyiii.