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5 ESSENTIAL BENEFITS TO BEING A VEGAN By Health Specialist and CEO at Nosh Detox Ms Geeta Sidhu-Robb From our mood to our immune system, the vegan lifestyle provides us with a vast array of health perks. These include: 1. Mood Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. 2. Fighting Disease When done right, vegan diets are naturally low in saturated fats and cholesterol. They have been shown to reduce the risk of many of the diiseases caused by a modern Western diet. 3. Less Toxicity The vegan diet limits exposure to foodborne illnesses, bacteria, parasites, and chemical toxins which are more common in commercial meat, poultry, and seafood than plant foods. 4. Money Saving Plant foods tend to be less expensive, saving on overall costs. It’s also much more filling as it has so much more fibre and is nutrient dense, so you eat less and stay full for longer. 5. Longevity Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters. Ensuring you get all of the nutrients you need Vegan diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms. Protein is made up of small parts called amino acids, which aid your metabolism and help to keep you muscles, skin and organs healthy. Vegan options include nuts, peanut butter, seeds, grains and legumes. Iron is another key nutrient and plays a crucial role in the production of red blood cells. These can help to carry oxygen throughout your body. Good sources include or iron includes beans, broccoli, raisins, wheat and tofu. Omega-3 fatty acids improve your heart health and brain function. Flaxseed meal and oil are two good vegetarian sources of omega-3. You can also look to plant sources. Finally, Zinc is vital to our immune system. You can find it in beans, nuts and soy products which contain fewer calories.


With the number of vegans in the UK having risen dramatically over the past decade, we take a look at the benefits and considerations for this increasingly popular lifestyle choice

‘I feel healthier and happier than I ever have’ Tiffany Watson

I have been vegetarian since a young age, due to a number of reasons. Growing up on a farm and surrounded by baby lambs, cows, chickens and pigs I developed a love for farm animals and when the farmer who worked on our land decided to take us to the slaughterhouse for the day my decision of not eating meat was firmly made. My sister and mum were also vegetarian so out of convenience for my mum she would cook us all the same thing, which was normally macaroni cheese and pancakes for breakfast every morning, which used to be my absolute favourite! I never considered the diary industry or gave it much thought until my sister told me she was turning vegan. My first thought was “I could never do that!” No chocolate, no cheese?! I loved cheese. She didn’t pressurise me to do the same and I didn’t question her decision and that was that. A few months later she asked me if I wanted to join her at a PETA event and I of course said yes. Little did I realise it was actually a talk and video footage all about the dairy industry and what went on. Let’s just say from that moment forward I have not eaten dairy ever again. I carried on eating fish for a little while longer after that before fully cutting it out as well and fully going plant based. So I would say my journey to becoming vegan was definitely done in stages, and in some ways I feel that is a better approach as I can imagine suddenly going from someone who eats meat, dairy and eggs to vegan is a massive shock and struggle as you have no idea what you can and can’t eat. However I do have friends that have done that and have been absolutely fine. I think it’s completely preferential and it is a journey for each individual. I think the major health benefits I have found were from cutting out diary. Instantly I lost weight (which I wasn’t trying to do but it just happened…definitely put it all back on now from the vegan cupcakes I seem

to find myself buying far too Tiffany Watson is well often). I used known for appearing to suffer really on E4’s Made in badly from Chelsea. She has bloating and been vegetarian since since cutting a young age and out diary I no just over a year and longer ever a half ago made the really get that change to go vegan bloated feeling for numerous reasons. which is so She is an advocate for nice. My skin animal welfare, recently feels amazing campaigning with HSI and I rarely global against fur and eve get spots, well as hosting charity which is such events in support of a huge benefit Wild Aid. but could also be because I now only use organic and vegan skin care products. The benefits from turning vegan are endless and I’m yet to find a negative. I think the question I get asked most about being vegan is ‘what do you miss most?’ The funny thing is though, because there is now so many amazing alternatives you don’t actually have to miss anything. If you want milk you have so many diary free alternatives, cheese, chocolate, sweets, burgers, pizza, mac and cheese you name it there is an option for you! Whilst the decision was made to protect the welfare of animals it has exponentially improved my own. I feel healthier and happier than I ever have and have had the amazing opportunity of meeting so many amazing people and brands. It has also inspired me to create my own brand Three Six Five, a range of vegan leather stationary, with our first product being 2018 planners including my favourite vegan restaurants worldwide, health tips and a meditation guide. They are available to buy at

Health Magazine January 2018


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