Veganism Kicks Butt

Have you ever been to hospital for one reason or another, you’re lying in a bed and you find yourself surrounded by vegans? Those pesky vegans, always clogging up the health system!

The general perception of veganism is that vegans don’t get the right amount of nutrients (as though people that often eat McDonalds do?) and are therefore weak and become sick a lot more frequently than a non-vegan would.

In fact, vegans are more likely to get all of their nutrients because they generally do more research about their food, therefore vegans tend to be healthier than non-vegans. In fact, for the first time since we got married, Wonderful Husband (non-vegan) got a cold last month and I (vegan) didn’t.

Yea, I’m trying not to look smug. 

But let’s get to the serious stuff, this post isn’t to simply brag about how healthy I am (because I’ll get sick as punishment, it’s just how the universe works) but it’s about telling you that a plant-based diet is fantastic at preventing diet-based diseases as well as even reversing some of them.

The biggest cause of (human) death is heart disease (cardiovascular disease) and it absolutely blows my mind to know that heart disease is incredibly preventable. Having a healthy lifestyle is a super easy way to lower your chances of ever having heart disease. So it’s not surprising that vegans have the lowest probability of developing heart disease, on account that, in general, a vegan diet is healthier than a non-vegan diet and vegans are more likely to eat far more fruit and vegetables than non-vegans. It’s known that a diet which focuses on vegetables, whole grains, and legumes may even help to slow or reverse the disease itself. 

Vegan 1, non-vegan 0. 

Another strong contender is type 2 diabetes, the most common of the two forms of diabetes. One of the biggest factors in the onset of type 2 diabetes is diet. If you have a bad diet for long enough then you will probably have diabetes. If you have a healthy diet then you probably won’t develop diabetes. Therefore it is not surprising that vegans are incredibly unlikely to develop type 2 diabetes and a plant-based diet is known to reverse the effects of the metabolic disorder.

And for the people that blame their diabetes on genetics… 

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Last year Lovely April was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was resigned to taking medication for the rest of her life. However, after some encouragement from her wonderful (and vegan!) daughter Kasia, she watched What The Health and decided to go plant-based. April is now doing amazing and you can check out her fabulous results on her blog here. She also documents her yummy food too!

If you’d like more information about preventing or fighting heart disease, diabetes or any other diet-related illness using a plant-based diet then check out documentaries What The Health and Forks Over Knives (I’ve linked Youtube videos but Netflix will have better quality videos, also both documentaries have no bad images) or feel free to get in touch with me here 🙂 

Getting sick is sometimes a personal choice, a personal choice that will affect your quality of life and the family and friends around you. It’s never too late to start eating better 💚

 

 

 

42 thoughts on “Veganism Kicks Butt

  1. GrAnnie says:

    Great blog as usual, I always enjoy reading these.
    I have a question. Cliff recently prepared lunch for me and it was very nice but I couldn’t help wondering how ‘processed’ the Linda McCartney range is, do you have any advice on this?
    xxx

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah thank you 🙂

      It’s a good question and I’ve spoken to Dad about it in his hope to get healthier. Those sausages, like meat sausages, are incredibly processed, so they are not very good for us. However, they have less fat content and therefore less cholesterol than regular sausages.

      Nothing is going to be as healthy as a plant-based, whole foods diet which he will hopefully move towards soon 🙂 💚

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  2. JLyn says:

    I do my best to eat a healthy diet. I have been researching a vegan diet, and although I am not there yet, I am trying to include more plant-based meals. I guess for me it’s just a slow process, but your article has definitely given me food for thought. (I know, lame pun.)

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Mega pun! I love puns, haha!

      I think it’s great that you’re taking your time to learn about veganism, that’s the best way. People that go vegan overnight tend to struggle more. I took eight years to go from eating meat to going fully vegan (so you’ll probably transition faster than me lol). Let me know if you’d ever like any small tips or if you have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Good luck! 💚

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  3. Karlson says:

    Interesting! Okay, you’ve guilted me… I feel like I need to go home and back purge my kitchen. Not to mention this is the second time I’ve heard on tha doumentarty. “What the Health”… and maybe I should go watch it! Also, I appreciate your humor!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Haha, your comment made me laugh!

      I would soooo highly recommend watching What The Health. It is such an important documentary to watch. Everyone I’ve watched it with (a lot of people!) has found it incredibly fascinating, even if they didn’t want to go vegan afterwards. Enjoy (when you get around to watching it) 💚

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  4. Marcie says:

    Oh how interesting! The only vegans I’ve known have been chronically sick, but maybe that’s unrelated to their food choices. We always say that immune systems are earned!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      I’ve not known any vegans to be chronically sick (and I’m a part of a very big vegan circle), however if anyone is eating a bad diet (and vegans could eat a diet of total processed foods if they want to) then chances are they’re going to be sick. Hence my emphasis on this post about eating a healthy diet. Thanks for the interesting comment 💚

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  5. Cheryl at The Lifestyle Digs says:

    People can’t help it when they get sick. Usually! I’ve rarely taken a sick day in my life, though whether or not I can attribute that to being a vegetarian I don’t know. I work in an office with 2 other ladies. They’ve each taken sick days 10 to 15 times so far this year, though one has also taken days off due to a sick 2 year old son who is sick and the daycare won’t allow sick kids. But still that does seem pretty high to me. And both of them eat meat. How’s that for a theory. I started working there last September. Total sick days for me: 0.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Loving that you haven’t had any sick days, Cheryl! That’s great to hear.

      What I meant by people can sometimes choose to get sick, is that if you have a diet-related illness then you have chosen to be sick because you have chosen to eat unhealthy foods. I don’t mean people choose to get a cold etc. 💚

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  6. Angel Penn says:

    I’ve been considering going vegan because I am tired of being tired, sluggish, low energy etc… I just started watching a few documentaries. They really encouraged me because I now feel like I can really make the changes!

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      That’s so amazing to hear, Angel. Which documentaries have you watched?

      I can understand why you say about sluggishness, whenever I go to dinner with non-vegan friends, I tend to have far more energy than them after the meal. Also people that transition find they have a lot more energy.

      If you ever have any questions about slowly moving over to veganism then always feel free to message me here or via my contact page, or we can even link up on Facebook if you like. I would love to hear about your path 💚

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  7. Diana says:

    It seems like people are eating meat more than ever before in history. Our ancestors didn’t have easy access to meat for 3 meals a day. We need to incorporate more veggies and fruit into our diets in order to be healthier.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Yep Diana, you make a very good point. People argue that eating meat is natural, however factory farms and the huge amounts of meat being consumed is absolutely unnatural! Thank you for the mega comment 💚

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  8. neeviemccabe says:

    I agree, i think everyone needs to take more responsibility about what they put into their body and how it affects them. my brother is CONSTANTLY ill and i know that if he switched to a vegan diet he would feel miles better but he refuses to listen. I think all vegans though can sympathise w that feeling of talking to a brick wall though

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah totally! I find that so many people around me have diabetes and when I suggest to them that they could maybe cut out dairy, it’s like their eyes glaze over – I genuinely can’t understand it but I guess I’m not in their shoes and maybe I’d feel different lol. Who knows?

      Thanks for your comment though, it’s good to know that someone is feeling my pain haha! 💚

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      You’re right which actually makes me more surprised when people simply accept when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, rather than make some lifestyle changes and rid themselves from having to take medication 💚

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Great to hear that you eat vegetarian meals sometimes. It’s always good to be openminded about food, that way you’ll always discover more foods that you like, like vegan recipes which are healthier too 🙂

      If you’d like any recipes then please do let me know 💚

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