Seven days ago, I shared on my Instagram reasons why I decided to give up artificial sweeteners for the past four years.
Well…I never trusted that I could maintain and stand on such decision for so long because artificial sweeteners were really my favorite. Especially the likes of Gummy candy and Pizza….not until I had the opportunity to see how Gummy candy was processed in a lab; that was when I accepted the simple fact that going Vegetarian was the best decision I have ever made.
I know right now you might be wondering why I gave up those things I enjoyed so much just to maintain a healthy Vegetarian lifestyle….right?
Well…four years ago was the time I started focusing more on how I really felt about food. I started paying more attention to my body’s signals and most especially my health! This was the time I found out that foods in their most natural forms were the best.
Although, I had little knowledge of the dangers of artificial sweeteners in the body but wasn't ready to quit.
At that stage, I wasn't ready to give up foods like; diet soda, pizza, gummy candy, apple pie, activia light, starburst, raindrop cakes, foods that contained gelatin, meat, dairy, poultry, fish and seafood, egg, bread products, deep fried foods, French fries, pasta, potato chips, roasted peanuts, some dark chocolates and so on.
But my turning point was when I watched a YouTube video that brought awareness to all the possible negative side-effects that was linked with artificial sweeteners and gelatin foods. I became scared of my unhealthy eating style and decided that “Enough was enough”.
Why would I constantly eat something that doesn’t make me feel good about my body and equally poses a big threat to my health? This was the exact question I asked myself but when I couldn’t give a reasonable answer, I quickly rushed my refrigerator and starting throwing all of those foods that wasn’t good for my health into the garbage and that was it.
Oh yes! It was a quick switch.
Just like magic, my unnecessary cravings were over. I was so happy that I broke my diet soda habits too.
When I switched to Vegetarian, I cultivated the healthy habit of reading labels and avoiding all sources of artificial sweeteners in beverages, candies, gums, diet foods, yogurts, cookies and so on.
Let’s fast forward to the present moment that I haven’t taken gelatin foods and foods that contain artificial sweeteners. I haven’t experienced the usual migraines and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
For me, switching to Vegetarian lifestyle was a life changer and it was worth it.
With the increased fiber intake from plant-based foods, Vegetarian diets can help with weight management and other chronic diseases and at the same time gives your skin that healthy glow touch you have always sought for.
I encourage you to equally take an honest look at your diet and go for foods that nourish your body, give you energy and make you feel the best, so you can live and enjoy good health to the fullest.
It’s not a bad idea for you to know how food makes you feel because good health is good life.
So now you know my story and how interesting my life has been these past years, let’s move on to the reasons why it’d be best to maintain a healthy Vegetarian lifestyle.
Regulates your Blood Pressure and Improves General Heart Health
Vegetarian foods like whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fruits that are high in potassium content, improve total cholesterol and lowers the risk for both stroke and heart attacks.
The above foods are naturally low in sodium, and packed with cholesterol that are good in lowering soluble fiber.
Prevention of Cancerous Cells
Do you know that one-third of all cancers can be prevented with the right diet? For example, eating legumes regularly can lower your chances of colorectal cancer by about 10-17%. Vegetarians take in a considerably amount of legumes, vegetables and fruits which makes it easier for them to escape from the experience of chronic diseases especially cancer.
With Vegetarian diets that contain soy products and foods void of animal products, you are equally protected against breast, prostate and colon cancer.
Also, think broccoli and carotenoid vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and allium vegetables (garlic, onions and leeks).
Improves Good Gut Bacteria and Immune System
Do you believe the saying, “we are what we eat?”
You can’t escape such wise words because our health depends on what we take into our body system.
You need to learn about the good bacteria that exist in the digestive system and understand their relationship with the kind of foods you take into your body.
Going Vegetarian supports a diverse micro biome that improves the association between the good bacteria and healthy eating. Such equally enhances your immune system, regulates ghrelin, reduce inflammation and regulates the hunger hormone. Vegetarian diets diversify your gut bacteria and equally take your healthy living into high gears.
Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
Vegetarian diets that is low in fat and rich in whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, provides the body with healthful fuel that regulates the blood sugar level.
As you may already know, the first line in defense against diabetes is diet change.
So why wait any further to switch Vegetarian?
If you obey all the Vegetarian rules by avoiding all those over processed foods, animal products and gelatin foods, you will enjoy a life free from the risks of diabetes. Vegetarian lifestyle is the most standard diabetes medication.
Leaves You With a Glowing Skin
Vegetarian diets don’t only come with internal health benefits; they equally show in your external features. With its content of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that support healthy hairs, nails and glowing skin, going Vegetarian becomes the only healthy option you have.
Or don’t you think so?
The phytochemicals that protect the plants also will protect and radiate your skin color to glow, giving you that fresh and young look that you have always dreamt of.
So here’s my final advice to you:
Eat right by switching to Vegetarian!
I assure you that you won’t regret it.
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