Vegan By Definition

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Vegan by dictionary definition ‘a person who does not eat or use animal products’, this is a very simplistic definition, factually correct (obviously) but I think the true definition is a lot deeper and more meaningful.

Veganism has risen massively in the last 5 years, with people choosing to introduce it into their life with some fully embracing the vegan lifestyle and others choosing to go vegan one day a week with such movements as ‘Meat-free Mondays‘ . The vegan movement has been so powerful that it seems to have taken a fraction of the time for veganism to reach the same accessibility as vegetarianism with restaurants, supermarkets and clothing brands reacting to the movement and therefore making veganism more accessible to the masses.

There are many reasons people are choosing a vegan diet/lifestyle, the top 3 reasons (in no particular order) being Health, Animal Welfare and the Environment, for further information on the benefits of each of these here are links to Vegan Society website –

Health – https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/health
Animal Welfare – https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/why-go-vegan
Environment – https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/environment

Ensuring a balanced vegan diet is key to this lifestyle, most nutrients your body needs can be gained from a varied balanced vegan diet. The nutrients vegan diets can lack if they are not varied enough are calcium, iron and vitamin B12. Ensuring leafy green vegetables and pulses are included in your diet will help your body gain calcium and iron, for B12 you will need to look for fortified products such as breakfast cereals and unsweetened soya drinks.

For more information on a vegan diet head to the NHS live well eat well pages
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-vegan-diet/

With more and more recipes, meal ideas and vegan products accessible to us and the lifestyle here to stay are you interested in trying to introduce veganism into your life? Are you trying Veganuary this year? Do you try to have a meat-free day a week? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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10 reasons why fruit is your best friend

Fruit is your best friend

Fruit has all sorts of attractive qualities, but here are our top 10 reasons we should all make friends with fruit.

1. High water content – Many fruits are made up of over 85% water which means eating fruit helps hydrate you and keeping your body hydrated is kind of one of those things we have to do to stay alive. Being hydrated also helps with concentration levels (as I type sipping on my water which is very unusual for me, but writing this is reminding me to DRINK MORE).

2. Natural sugar – Fruit is full of natural sugar (don’t run away screaming yet): natural sugar is the sugar we should be eating – it’s the naughty refined sugars that goes into cakes and chocolate that causes peaks and troughs in your blood sugar causing problems like mood swings, lack of concentration and feeling tired. Natural sugar actually helps stabilise blood sugar so you don’t get the craving for more that you get when you eat refined sugars.

3. Antioxidants – Antioxidants are the good guys in fruit, they help protect the cells from becoming damaged by the free radicals which we encounter when we are exposed to chemicals (such as pollution). Believe it or not the tiny little blueberry is one of the best sources of antioxidants, also other types of berries and darker skinned fruits like plums and red grapes are full of these little warriors!

4. Good source of dietary fibre – Most fruits are high in dietary fibre and this is great for making you feel fuller for longer. Dietary fibre is also key for keeping your gut health and moving.

5. Naturally low fat – Fruit is naturally low in fat; in fact most fruit does not contain any fat.

6. Good for your skin – ‘You are what you eat’ and this is very true when it comes to your skin. The high water content in fruit is a bonus for your skin; keeping hydrated keeps your system flushed through which helps prevent breakouts. Also hydration helps prevent dry spots and the antioxidants help prevent cell damage.

7. Brain power – Did you know your gut and your brain work together? Your gut sends messages to the brain about producing hormones that affect our cognitive function, so our ability to process new information and focus on the task in hand and our guts are stimulated by when and what we eat.

8. Supports the immune system – We all know vitamins and minerals are good for supporting our immune system and fruit is packed full of them. Eating a variety of colourful fruits means you will get a great variation of vitamin and minerals.

9. Lowers the risk of developing some diseases – Eating the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables can help lower the risk of developing some diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Fruits such as apples, grapes and citrus fruits can lower cholesterol as they are rich in Pectin which lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad one).

10. Easy to grab and eat – Fruit is easy to have in your bag, on your desk or on the side at home, most fruits are a simple pick it up and eat it, some others may take up a little more time like having to peel it but that’s not to complicated (unless your me with an orange – I always struggle to get them started, maybe I need more practice).

After reading all that who else is reaching for the fruit? Better skin, better concentration, help lower some risks to diseases – definitely my new best friend!