I believe that we are reminded of our humanity during those times when we come face to face with our own personal health challenges. When access to money and healthcare falls short in the end I believe that each one of us is responsible for maintaining and improving our health and well-being with those things that God puts into our hands. Even someone like Taraji P. Henson, who has access to more resources than most is taking responsibility for her health by using what’s in her hands.
The actress shared with InStyle magazine that she was experiencing stomach pains on the set of her upcoming drama “The Best of Enemies”. When she expressed her concerns to a doctor he told her that if she didn’t change what she was consuming, it could lead to an ulcer or stomach cancer. With that Henson began to transform her health through what is known in the health and medical industries as lifestyle modifications.
With that wakeup call last year, Henson clearly saw what was in her hands, and quickly changed her daily routine of coffee and ibuprofen on an empty stomach and alcohol, to a plant-based diet. Sometimes the change can be immediate when you believe that your life is on the line. She now enjoys a vegan diet because as Henson says, “I want to live. Thank God, because I feel so much better.” Henson now joins 1.62 million Americans who are vegan according to the Vegan Demographics study. A diet of fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, and legumes is typical for vegans and from there the meals are endless. There are many vegan versions for foods that we are all familiar with along with other vegan approved food:
- Vegan burgers
- Vegan hot dogs
- Ice Cream
- Vegan Mayo
- Spaghetti & tomato sauce
- Bagels with nut butter, hummus, or began cream cheese
- Vegan Mac & cheese
- Brown Rice
- Vegan sushi
And the list goes on and no. Remember, you don’t have to wait for a health scare to transform your health. You can make small deposits into your health daily while reaping the long-term benefits over time. So, if you’re not ready for veganism consider incorporating some of these simple steps: eating smaller portions, drinking more water, try a smoothie as a meal replacement, Meatless Monday, multi-vitamins, exercise, read a book, journal, and get plenty of sleep.
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