As we reach the middle of May, the days are getting shorter and we can feel the air getting crisper. Being stuck in lockdown, we are all looking for new ways to stay healthy, stay safe, and stay fit, as winter approaches. If you are part of the pyjama parade (*ahem* most of us, be honest!), you might have been neglecting your usual fitness regime and your diet might have taken a backseat. If you are feeling more aches and pains than usual, you can assume that inflammation is occurring, and this could be directly related to that extra bag of crisps or second batch of vegan cookies that you just can’t get enough of.
So, here is the motivation that you need to refocus your goals. Let’s use this time and make a commitment to ourselves to emerge from this lockdown healthier and fitter. For vegans, some might be under the impression that you are automatically healthier due to the nature of the diet, however sugars and highly processed foods still play havoc and can weaken our immune systems. That is most definitely not what we want right now. It is easy to open the fridge every five minutes when we’re stuck at home and grab convenience foods, but now is the time to watch the calories we consume, avoid the highly processed options, and stick to the simpler fruits, vegetables and include the full spectrum of proteins.
At Vegan Street, we make this easy by offering grocery boxes with a wide variety of fruits and veg. We also stock the ideal vegan protein options such as black beans, red kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, and additional sources of B12 such as nutritional yeast. Be sure to include some anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and paprika too. Making your food from scratch is also preferable to enhance your vitamin and mineral intake. The time we have at home nowadays can be the perfect opportunity to learn new recipes and cook wonderfully healthful meals for your family.
Let’s all strive to live the healthiest vegan life possible!