What if instead of gifting socks and chocolates or a new gadget that will end its days in landfill you could give the person you love something truly life-changing, something that money cannot buy, such as a new relationship with food, great health, peace of mind and a feeling of being connected to this world and its beauty?
Million Dollar Vegan has created a life-changing 31-day Try Vegan program, which inspires and supports people wishing to try eating plant-based for one month. During that time, we send inspirational and informative emails, make available a comprehensive Vegan Starter Kit and Health & Nutrition Guide, and offer access to our wonderful Facebook community. There, new and longer-term vegans share tips and ideas, celebrate successes, and pick each other up and dust them down should the bandwagon accidentally tip someone off.
Below are seven reasons why signing someone up to this program is one of the most loving gifts you can give. What we are offering is not only free, it is absolutely priceless.
Our bodies adapt to a change in diet really quickly, and some of the very first things people notice when they start eating plant-based foods is better digestion, clearer skin, better sleep and more energy. These are the most common reports we receive from people who decide to try vegan for 31 days, and these wonderfully positive effects are often noticeable within days. Just imagine waking up feeling refreshed and full of energy each morning! What a way to start the day!
Immune System Boost
The best immune-boosting foods are plants. Studies show that after just two weeks on a plant-deficient diet, immune function plummets but if you build plants back in, immunity is kick-started again. The key to strong immunity is to eat as many different plants as possible. Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, says we should eat 30 different types of fruits and vegetables every week because different plants contain different micronutrients. The best way to get loads of plants in your diet? Eat plant-based!
While the positive effects of plant-based eating can start very quickly, veganism truly is the gift that keeps on giving, and its most powerful benefits are reserved for the longer term. Vegans suffer less from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, while neurologists Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai recommend a plant-based diet for avoiding Alzheimer’s. These are profoundly important benefits that impact our own lives and those of the people we love. These benefits are right there for the taking, and all we have to do is to take that first step.
Peace of Mind
Most of us don’t enjoy looking at images of factory farms and slaughterhouses, and we know deep down if it is hard to watch, it must be so much worse to endure. We do our best to put it out of our minds, and yet we can’t help but know that each time we buy meat, eggs or dairy, our dollars are funding this treatment of animals. It is a liberating feeling to withdraw support from it. Even many of those who had not been conscious of feeling uncomfortable report feeling that a weight has lifted. They come to understand what writer Franz Kafka meant when he said of fish: “Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you anymore.”
Better Relationship with Food
Food has become more than just a way to sustain our bodies. It is a comfort when we are sad, a celebration when things go well, a way to both reward and punish ourselves and our bodies. Our food choices have become tainted by marketing and social pressures, making eating a psychologically complex and often difficult experience. Taking control of the food we eat by choosing foods that do our body good has a powerful knock-on effect into the rest of our lives. When we seek out healthy, wholesome, naturally delicious foods, our brains recognise an act of self-love – something that most of us could use a little more of – and the upward spiral begins.
Growing Our Circle of Compassion
Albert Einstein wrote about a delusion we suffer from: the belief that we are separate from the rest of the world. He wrote: “This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Not only is eating plant-based an act of self-love, it connects us to the wider world, the beauty of this Earth, and all the animals within it. Our compassion grows and encompasses so much more, and that in turn gives us a beautiful, priceless feeling of harmony, of belonging.
The Gift of Superpowers
We know climate change is one of the greatest threats of our times and yet most of us feel powerless to make any difference at all. We worry over the future our children will inherit, and what the world will look like when their own children are born. It may feel overwhelming but we are far from powerless. Environmental researchers at Oxford University say that eating plant-based is the “single biggest thing” we can do to help the environment. We can all be superheroes. We can change – and save – the world when we change our diet.
Keen to give these gifts to someone you love? They can sign up here.