Being vegan in a digital health age

In recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of those entering the vegan world, whether it be a dietetic change, or a fully-fledged vegan lifestyle.

Many, including celebrities, have tried a vegan diet in order to cleanse their bodies of animal produce, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lose weight, reduce risk of cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and for many other health-related outcomes.

What is veganism?

To be a vegan is to abstain from the use of all animal products, more prominently in diet, but in many cases will include discontinuing the use of animal products found in non-dietary uses such as products we use on our skin and hair, as well as found in materials used for clothing and furnishings and so on.

Some people that are passionate toward animals, or do not like the taste of meat and poultry will opt for the vegetarian diet – which is the less extreme of the two, and will still eat animal by-products such as eggs and cheese.

However many people have their own individual adaptations of what they will or will not eat, and which products they choose to put on their skin or to buy for their personal uses.

It is believed that the benefits of living on a plant-based diet can include the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Reduce risk of diabetes
  • Reduce risk of cancer
  • Reduce risk of dementia

Digital veganism

Today we have many resources offering information when it comes to nutrition – with the internet being a huge leader. We can almost always view a product’s ingredients on the back of the packaging to find out whether or not it includes meat, fish or any animal by-products.

This makes vegan cooking from home a very safe option when starting out, but not everyone will spend their time cooking from home 7 nights a week.

Apps are a quick and easy resource of finding information on a product, brand or restaurant. If you spend a lot of your time eating out and are looking for vegan or vegetarian-friendly places to eat, you may want to check out some of the apps that are out there available. My recommendation has to be Happy Cow.

Happy Cow app

Happy Cow is a great pick for the new vegan, vegetarian or general health-conscious eater and provides a high number of recipes, shop and blog. And for our hungry vegan tummies on the go it features the vegan travel guide; which lists local restaurants with user ratings and reviews.

Download from Google Play Download from the Apple App Store

A few personal thoughts

After many years of considering whether or not to become a vegan, I decided now was a better time than ever. Mainly due to the fact I am not getting any younger as well as several other factors including suffering from Type 1 Diabetes, a never ending love for animals, and an overall general health kick.

Since making the dietary change, I have noticed a positive adjustment in energy levels, a new enthusiasm for cooking (everyone loves a good challenge), and have spent more time reading up on different styles of food and cooking and the cultures of which they originate from.

If you are not interested in becoming a vegan, or even vegetarian, you may know someone who is that accompanies you on a lunch or dinner date from time to time and might be interested in finding out more about good places they can eat and can offer them (or yourself) a helpful app.

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