Over the past six months, I have come to learn that there is a kind of “fear” of living a healthy lifestyle in the sense that people may feel deprived or that they will only be eating small green salads all day. I believe that this misconception scares people away from living a healthy lifestyle because they think that being healthy—whether it’s a ‘clean’ diet, vegetarian, vegan, raw, paleo, gluten free…etc— is extremely restrictive. The image of a healthy lifestyle is portrayed as an unsatisfying one in which people are always in the gym and barely eating to maintain a slim, toned, or muscular figure. This misconception deters people from ‘committing’ to a relationship with nourishing food. The key to succeeding on a plant-based diet is to eat enough food! Calorie restricting is proven to slow down your metabolism as a protective mechanism. Investing in your health now prevents you from dealing with illnesses and aches that supposedly “come with age,” when in fact, they come from a poor diet in the early stages of your life.

Here is some perspective on what a plant-based diet can do for you and your health:

PREVENTS/CURES/REVERSES: Heart disease, cancer, emphysema, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, influenza, blood infection, liver disease, hypertension, parkinson’s, pneumonitis, injuries

COUNTLESS studies have proven that through a plant-based diet, these diseases can be cured, prevented, and even reversed through a healthier lifestyle. So, with all of this knowledge, how could you neglect what your body truly wants and needs to thrive for a long, healthy life? My number one tip is to eat enough calories from high carb, whole food, plant based sources so you:

  • have high energy and feel satisfied
  • avoid cravings for unhealthy junk/processed foods
  • avoid binge eating
  • are able to focus clearly
  • improve hormonal and bodily functions
  • and be the best version of you!!!

Deprivation is not adopting a healthy lifestyle filled with vibrant, nutritious foods—deprivation is being on a standard ‘diet’ that makes you feel guilty for indulging in what you are craving!

Wouldn’t you rather have an abundance of food that makes you feel great over a spoonful of ice cream that just leaves you wanting more? Through this lifestyle, you can feel truly confident in what is going into your body! This is the first lifestyle that I have come across that is simply about long-term health and not short-term solutions. You can heal your mind and your body by nourishing yourself properly by adopting a plant-based lifestyle!

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.