Has it ever happened to you to hear two people tell you that they have had opposite experiences with the same thing? Or that someone assures you that a certain food or habit feels the opposite of what happens to you? It happens to me a lot, in many areas.
For example, when I talk to people who have just become vegan, most of them tell me that they feel better, healthier, and lighter, with more energy … But many have a hard time: they start to gain weight, or lose it, they feel tired, have digestion problems, or other health problems.
The importance of mindset
It is clear that each person is different and each one can react differently to the same thing. However, there is also a factor that is key in our experience, and that is the mentality. The approach, the attitude with which we approach something new, and our perception are fundamental so that in the end we enjoy it or not.
In a medical study on pain, patients were given morphine in two different ways before undergoing surgery. Half were given the injection as is normally done by a doctor, while the other half received automatic injections from a machine. They received the same dose but did not know when the morphine was being given. Which was the result? Patients who received the injection from the doctor experienced significantly greater pain relief. The only real difference was the perception these patients had of being cared for by another human being.
This may seem like a case demonstrating the placebo effect. In reality, while related, it is different because the two groups received the same dose of actual morphine, not a placebo.
The attitude necessary to enjoy well-being
How we perceive things, especially if it is a new habit such as changing our diet or starting to exercise, directly depends on the mentality with which we approach it. That is precisely one of the things that I like the most about Miguel Camarena, sports and nutritional coach. In his online fitness and diet program, he dedicates an important part to the mentality necessary to be successful and achieve the desired goals (greater well-being, better health, starting a vegan diet, achieving the ideal weight …). As Miguel himself writes:
This is valid in any field. Holistic nutritionist Amy Pamenky, a contributor to the Chopra Center, notes: “The main factor missing from most diet and nutrition programs is a mindset. By adopting new nutrition guidelines without addressing the psychology behind healthy food choices, most people enter a yo-yo diet cycle. ”
Vegan diet, health, and wellness
Although veganism is in essence a movement of humans to reject the exploitation of other animals, many people are interested in the vegan diet to improve their health and physical well-being. Welcome! Also, even if health is not the reason you went vegan, this does not mean that you cannot, want, or should aspire to improve your health and achieve your best version, physically and mentally. (In fact, as the inevitable vegan ambassador that you are, your health and fitness better inspire confidence in others …)
A healthy lifestyle is basically made up of a good diet, adequate physical activity, and a positive mental attitude. The benefits of a healthy vegan diet are numerous. These are, according to Dr. Amy Cook, the 5 main ways in which eating healthy food contributes to our well-being:
- It improves our mood
- It increases our energy levels
- It reduces the risk of depression
- It improves our learning capacity and our cognitive functioning
- It strengthens our self-esteem
How to improve our fitness, acquire healthy eating habits and enjoy greater well-being?
In fact, all the information necessary to increase our energy levels and enjoy better health is available, like everything, on the Internet. The problem is finding the right source among so many pages and videos that mostly lack a scientific and professional basis.
There are also many more or less structured programs that aim to teach how to design a healthy diet, or how to lose weight, or how to do fitness without leaving your home.
But there is only one program that I know of that covers all these aspects under one roof, pleasantly and professionally, and also without recommending products or supplements of animal origin. It is Miguel Camarena’s new online program, based on his popular Vegan & Fit Club, which now also includes support for people who are not vegan or vegetarian and who want to start a transition to a healthy 100% plant-based diet. It’s called Wellness XXI, and among other benefits, it includes:
- Achieve your ideal weight
- Feeling full of energy and vitality every morning
- Create healthy habits that are integrated into your lifestyle forever
- Improve your diet, with daily menus, weekly planning, and a shopping list, prepared by a chef and a nutritionist
- Get better emotional stability
- Increase your self-esteem
Fitness program and vegan food online – online with Miguel Camarena
I met Miguel Camarena a few months ago and was impressed by his knowledge, attitude, energy, and generosity. I did two interviews with him, one is on YouTube and the other on the Veganism podcast (audio only). If you want to know him better and learn with him, I recommend that you watch the recording of his last online seminar. Or if you prefer, you can download the magazine, Bienestar XXI, for free.
Increasing vegan energy
As vegans and vegans, we are aware of the barbarism that is happening right now with animals. Sometimes the helplessness of not being able to do more, empathy for the suffering of so many innocent creatures, and the misunderstanding of our loved ones are a burden that affects our well-being and our ability to contribute to the change that we so desire. Precisely for this reason, it is important to take care of ourselves and invest the necessary effort in being the best possible version of ourselves.