Most vegans choose the lifestyle for ethical reasons, hoping to prevent animal cruelty and slaughter. Others go vegan for health or environmental reasons, hoping to improve their digestion or reduce their carbon footprint. For some, ethics, health, and the environment all play a part in their decision to switch to a plant-based diet.
But did you know that going vegan can also increase your productivity?
As it turns out, consuming meat and animal-based foods can actually slow you down. Today, I’m going to show you several reasons why going vegan can not only improve your health but also make you happier, more productive, and more motivated.
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Productivity is one of the biggest hot-button topics that companies are dealing with today. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, an average of 85% of all employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work.
Of course, a lot of this can be attributed to the fact that people these days are overworked, underpaid, or just flat-out bored by what they’re being asked to do. Even I have days when I’m tired and “not all there.”
That being said, I’d also be willing to bet that a decent percentage of workers are disengaged because they’re experiencing dietary fatigue. There’s a significant amount of evidence supporting the benefits of a plant-based diet, and many studies show that plant-based eating can improve your energy levels, mental health, and even help you focus.
Meat Can Slow You Down
It’s safe to say that the Western world is obsessed with meat. Everywhere you go, you can see commercials and advertisements for double-sized burgers, foot-long meat sandwiches, all-you-can-eat-shrimp, and more. I mean, who really needs that much meat?
Unlike plant-based protein, most animal meat is packed full of fat. This means that it takes your body a lot longer to fully digest. It also requires more effort for your body to digest, which can induce fatigue and tiredness. Simply put, it’s why most people want to go straight to bed after Thanksgiving dinner.
For a full breakdown of why meat may make you feel slow and fatigued after eating it, check out Be Great With Nate’s informative visual:
Dairy Can Make You Sleepy
Meat isn’t the only culprit that can slow you down. Dairy can be just as problematic. For one, most forms of dairy have a good bit of fat, especially cream and whole milk. Many coffee drinkers put several hundred calories of fatty, sugar-laden creamer in their coffee every morning and then wonder why their coffee “isn’t working.”
In addition to fat, dairy also contains high amounts of L-tryptophan, which can induce drowsiness if it’s not consumed with a balanced dose of other amino acids.
Animal cruelty aside, you’re much better off consuming a natural plant-based milk like almond or oat milk.
Veggies Are Full Of Essential Vitamins & Nutrients
Although meat does contain some healthy proteins, minerals, and amino acids, you can get all of these from plant-based proteins, such as soy, peas, and nuts.
Plant-based foods and veggies are packed full of essential vitamins, trace minerals, and nutrients, all of which are vital for your energy levels. The more balanced your vitamin and nutrient levels are, the more energy you’ll have.
In fact, some of the most obvious symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency are fatigue, brain fog, and lack of focus.
Although vegans eat a lot more than just fruit, healthy fruits are a staple of a balanced plant-based diet. In addition to being a great source of natural dietary fiber (which helps digestion), fruit is also an excellent source of natural sugar.
The sugar in fruit can be quickly broken down into glucose, which your body can immediately use to transform into energy!
So, the next time you’re feeling a bit lethargic at work, reach for that crisp apple instead of a piece of candy or an energy drink. I promise you, it’s a lot healthier.
Digesting food is one of the most energy-intensive activities that our bodies perform. Every time we eat a meal, our body inevitably slows down for a period of time while our stomach processes it.
Your typical non-vegan diet is full of artificial sugars and unhealthy processed carbs. These foods have one thing in common - they don’t keep you full for very long. This means that you’ll need to eat more frequently to maintain that “full” feeling. This, in turn, keeps you in a state of constantly needing to eat and digest food, leading to more fatigue.
Plant-based foods, on the other hand, are high in natural fiber. Fiber keeps you feeling satisfied for longer, and reduces the need to eat as frequently. This allows your body to divert energy away from digestion and put it towards the focus of your productivity.
Going vegan is one of the best choices that you can make for your overall health. It can drastically lower your risk of heart disease, help you shed excess pounds, and perhaps more importantly- going vegan can make you more productive!