As the weather warms, people begin to shed layers of clothing revealing layers of unwanted winter fat. Thus, dieting season has begun in earnest! Nevertheless, what diet is getting the most interest these days? According to Lauren Whitehouse, Yahoo Web-Trend Expert, Yahoo searchers are most interested in “Going Vegan.”
Social media goes vegan.
How much vegan social media buzz is out there? Just to name a few, Oprah.com, LiveStrong and USnews all chime in on the trend. Even more buzz worthy and adding more clout to this movement is the Twitter profile, Vegan with its impressive 55.9 thousand followers-just a few thousand more than me, by the way. Not to be outdone, the social media giant Facebook has it’s vegan representatives as well. Over 97 thousand plant-based dieters follows Vegan Recipes. I’m still drooling over a picture of their Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges. Yum.
Veganism is news worthy.
News mediums appear to be jumping on the fast moving vegan bandwagon as well. A recent Daily Mail article postulated that going vegan like high-profile celebs Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Anne Hathaway might help stop global warming. The article cites a scientific study finding, “… farm animals account for 14.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.” What with Beyonce and Jay Z losing weight on their highly publicized vegan 22-day diet, I’m seriously considering going plant-based as well.
But is a vegan diet beneficial?
Not only does a vegan diet help people lose weight, according to Yahoo Health, “Plant-based diets are low in saturated fat, free of cholesterol, and rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Research reveals that following this type of diet will lower your risks of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, digestive disease, colon and breast cancers and obesity. With my family history of a variety of cancers and heart disease, these findings can’t be ignored.
If I go vegan, what can I eat?
Not surprisingly, meat and meat products are off the shopping list. All choices are plant-based and nothing with a face. This includes dairy and eggs, which can be difficult for some. Other than that, the diet is full of great food choices. Vegan diets consist of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, plant oils, herbs, spices, grains and beans.
Searching for vegan recipes on Pintrest offers some yummy choices. Smoothies made with coconut milk and various fruits, quinoa stew with butternut, and an amazing variety of cookies tantalizes and creates an image of an exciting diet any of us could pursue.
This vegan social media buzz is just gaining steam.
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