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Science: Eating More Fruits and Veggies Will Make You More Satisfied with Life

Science: Eating More Fruits and Veggies Will Make You More Satisfied with Life

I know first-hand how a whole foods, plant-based diet can impact physical health. I’ve seen the drastic changes in my body over the course of the last few years. Losing over 65 pounds and reclaiming my health can do that to a person. However, something occasionally overlooked when we discuss the benefits of this lifestyle is how it can positively impact the part of us that no one else can see or experience – our mental well-being.

Some of the most significant health conditions that keep us down are psychological. Depression and anxiety are just two of many diseases that function on a continuum (or spectrum). They range from a relatively normal state (after all, everyone should feel anxiety and depression from time to time) to serious health conditions that can have significantly negative repercussions. As is often advised by good medical doctors, nutritionists, and your average person with some common sense, a healthy diet can greatly impact both the mind and body for the better.

A Few Thoughts on U.S. Meat Consumption Trends and The Rise of the Vegan Diet

A Few Thoughts on U.S. Meat Consumption Trends and The Rise of the Vegan Diet

I stumbled upon this excellent infographic through a post on Reddit, and it got me thinking about the role the rise of modern veganism on the decrease in meat consumption in the United States. Through some research on the topic, I have come to discover that only 1% of the US population reported to be vegetarian or vegan in 2009, wherein we see a relatively high figure of 190.9 pounds of meat consumed per person based on the statistics provided in the infographic above by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). By just last year (2015), this figure has moved substantially to be around the 5% mark of individuals reporting to be vegetarian or vegan.

Given that a meat based diet has been popular in the United States from very early days, it is a unique time that we live in to see such a rise (4% of the total population in the U.S. is huge!). The Plant-Smart movement is becoming increasingly popular as portrayed in the rise of veggie based diets, documentaries, media outlets, and vegan targeted products.  It is no surprise that as meat consumption is decreasing, the number of vegans and vegetarians around the country are increasing in substantial numbers. 

How to Kickstart Your Plant-Based Diet for Plant-Smart Living

How to Kickstart Your Plant-Based Diet for Plant-Smart Living

In the world of vegetarians and vegans, plant based foods are a staple of daily nutritional needs. To some outside of this lifestyle, this may come as a surprise and lead to questions like "Can you get enough protein from plants?" and "How do you ever feel full?" These are simple questions and sometimes come from individuals who are genuinely curious about this manner of living, while on occasion someone may ask these questions with a sarcastic tone in their voice as they too heavily rely on heavily processed foods and meat sources.