Come with me as I explore the benefits of going all out vegetarian rather than sticking to the traditional diet of meat and vegetables. Lately concerns have emerged after my sister died of pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago and a cluster of cysts was found on my pancreas. Some unexplained pains and my increasing age has warned me against sticking to my normal habits, especially in relation to food.
Some years ago my leaning more towards vegetables and fruits made me plan my garden to accommodate numerous fruit trees and patches for growing them. The exercise in performing duties to maintain these things has added to my regime.
Lately, however, I spend far too much time sitting and writing, especially now it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This has taken its toll on my body and being aware that lack of exercise is a recipe for cancer and other health problems my mind is made up.
What can I do to ward off unwanted diseases like cancer? Having just written an article on colorectal cancer one of the first things that pops out is the effect of red meat on the body. That is something that has crept back into my diet over the last few months and now it feels like poison. Perhaps a vegan diet is the answer. Here is what has been discovered so far.
According to some researchers plant-based diets are recommended because we draw our calories from grain based products, fruit and vegetables. They posit that 70% of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. They also claim that a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
The cancer list that is preventable comprises colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung, and oesophageal. Its low-fat qualities can also reverse conditions, such as those related to the heart. In my diet so far there is no sugar or salt intake other than what is in some foods.
With less animal fat and cholesterol there is more fibre and antioxidant-rich produce and for me that means better immune system all round. The bottom line is why not start on a vegan diet today? Next thing is to hunt down some good recipes to help me on my way.
Anyone who is obese or suffering from any of the conditions mentioned in this article are best advised to try the switch from animal to plant-based meals. That way they can see for themselves what effect they obtain. There is nothing to lose and for me, at least, there may be everything to gain.