There Are No Additional Health Benefits from Eating a Plant-based Diet | The Divine Hostess

“Are you a vegan?”, someone asked me this weekend, as they served themselves a plate of not so vegan-friendly food.  I get asked this question a lot when I am out and about– it could be the grocery store, a party, or in the workplace. When you choose to abstain from certain foods, people get curious and want to know why.

 

I happen to be vegetarian, and have been for almost 11 years now. As of late, I’ve started to lean more towards plant-based. I have stopped buying eggs and I am really getting into vegan cheeses.

 

Even still– I am not so sure I will ever be a card-carrying member of the vegan community like some others. For me, the title comes with much weight and controversy, and there have sadly been many times I have witnessed people forcefully try to teach others to be compassionate to animals, all while showing no compassion for the human being with whom they are conversing. I believe I can eat in a way that suits my needs and values, without a title.

 

But as I quietly went back to sipping my water, someone said:

 

“There are no additional health benefits from eating a plant-based diet. It doesn’t make you live longer and it doesn’t fight illnesses. There is no point.”

 

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Now, I know better, and I am not one to debate– especially when I do not see people bringing any scientific facts to the argument. At this point in time, I believe it is quite obvious whether a person is vegan or not– they will benefit greatly from a diet made up of a large amount of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

When eating intentionally, one can find that not only does food heal, but it works as a preventative measure before ever getting sick in the first place.

 

I want to share a few of the benefits, but keep in mind this only works if you actually eat plants.  It’s possible to be unhealthy as a vegan, just like any other diet. So when I share these benefits, I am assuming you eat more than lettuce and tomatoes and soy veggie patties.  That’s always the argument– that not all vegans are healthy.

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Some of the benefits of a plant-based diet are:

  1. It can lower blood sugar levels
  2. A diet rich in phytochemicals, which helps prevent cancer.
  3. Lower risk of heart disease.
  4. Prevention of diabetes.
  5. Higher intake of fiber, potassium, magnesium and folate.

 

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If you’re curious about a plant-based diet, I would encourage you to check it out by doing your own research, visiting a restaurant, trying a new recipe, or talking to someone with experience. One great way is stopping by a food fair in a major city near you. When I went to Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles, many visitors were not vegans, but simply were curious about this lifestyle or thinking of making major changes.

 

In my latest vlog, I share a little of what we tried. I am not a fan of fairs because they are usually very crowded and I don’t really like to walk and eat at the same time. Nonetheless, I find a way to have fun wherever I go! Click below to watch.

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What to Do When You’re Feeling Totally Uninspired | Wonderfully Made

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

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Sometimes it goes beyond a simple moment of writer’s block. Sometimes we are feeling totally and completely uninspired. What can we do in times like this? I share a few tips of how to work in and through this process in my latest episode of the Wonderfully Made podcast.

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When you do take a moment to step away and gain clarity, make a mental note of what worked. Was it getting out in nature, hanging with family, taking the dog for a walk, or listening to one of your favorite songs?

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Remember: it may not be convenient, but these things happen, but they cannot last forever. Inspiration will return to you and you will be able to create!

I hope you enjoy this episode! You can listen below or via Apple podcast. Wonderfully Made is also available on Stitcher, Spotify, and all other podcast platforms.

 

 

 

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The Value of Hard Work | Wonderfully Made

Hi healthy bunnies,

 

A few people mentioned they’d like to know when the episode includes a story. Well, this includes a story. Happy? 🙂

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I really enjoyed writing it. Think of it as a descriptive illustrative picture of how hard work looks, and how it affects those who cannot be bothered with hard work.

Enjoy!

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Living Intentionally: Why am I Doing What I’m Doing?

Isn’t it crazy how much technology has advanced over the past few years? When I think about how far different platforms I use have come, I am amazed. A lot of platforms and technology have really helped to make life easier as well as make business easier.

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One thing that is common, is the auto play feature. Whether you’re watching Hulu, YouTube, or some other media outlet,  you don’t have to think. All you have to do is sit there and keep watching. In fact, autopilot features extend beyond what’s available on the internet. Even your car will drive for you.

As convenient as all of this is. shutting our brains off is not good. If things are being done for us, we don’t have to think about why we are doing what we are doing, and that can be dangerous.

In my latest podcast episode, I discuss this very subject and share some tips on how we can live more intentionally.

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Cast Away | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

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In  this episode, I share a quick story about the movie Cast Away, then I share 5 tips for dealing with the difficult feelings that often come with being found in difficult circumstances.

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Judging a Book by Its Cover | Wonderfully Made Podcast

Are there ways we can lighten up when it comes to using past experiences to determine future decisions? Let’s explore together.

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Don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoyed this episode! Btws, for your convenience my podcast is now available on all podcast platforms including Spotify!

 

Acclimation | the Wonderfully Made Podcast

Being able to adapt and adjust to any environment is sometimes not an advantage. In my latest episode, I share a story about times when adjusting and finding comfort could be dangerous. Sometimes we need to pay closer attention to  changing conditions and reconsider our position.

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