NUTTY ABOUT THE VEGAN DIET
Brad Pitt is one. So are Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and J-Lo. Beyoncé and husband Jay Z did it for 22 days with miraculous results, and I indulge in it now and again. No we’re not talking about being ‘hot’ bikram yoga fans, though this does also benefit your health, help you lose kilos and give you a radiant glow. We’re all eating vegan.
This strict diet excludes dairy, eggs, meat, fish and animal by-products, such as honey. For ethical reasons many vegans won’t wear wool, leather or use products tested on animals.
But while it may be strict – and you do have to check as animal-derived products such as gelatin are used in many foods – there are a lot of health benefits as it lowers cholesterol, increases energy, regulates blood-sugar levels, hypertension and boosts the immune system. That’s because fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds have high levels of antioxidants, which keep you looking younger for longer and make your skin glow. What’s not to love?
I’ve been a strict vegetarian since I was a child and have been vegan on and off ever since. It was hard at first as it meant mostly living off kidney beans and nut cutlets (which
It was HARD AT FIRST, but things have IMPROVED VASTLY and now VEGAN RESTAURANTS serve up DELICIOUS dishes that wouldn’t look out of place in a MICHELIN-STARRED restaurant
tasted like sawdust) but things have improved vastly since then and now vegan restaurants serve up delicious dishes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Celebrity trainer Marco Borges – who helps keep Beyoncé in shape – has written a book on the 22-day vegan diet, which even includes dark chocolate and promises to transform your body as well as your health. Take a sneaky peek into this latest healthy trend on page 26 and let me know what you think of this story and the rest of the issue. Until next week,