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Six things that happened when 19 nurses did a ’21 day vegan challenge’

Kalee Brown: ‘After Joanne Evans, MEd, RN, conducted a presentation on the health benefits of adopting a plant-based vegan diet for her nursing colleagues at Virginia’s George Mason University, 19 of them were inspired to try the diet themselves. The nurses decided to collectively eat vegan for 21 days and measure and record how that affected their overall health.

As individuals who work in the health profession, they were intrigued by the dramatic health effects eating plant-based can have… It’s not really surprising that health professionals would at least be open-minded to adopting a vegan diet because they deal with so many people suffering from the very health issues that plant-based diets can avoid. However, some of these health benefits are only seen after a longer period of time, so how much improvement can adopting a vegan diet for 21 days really have? Well, apparently a lot… 

After three weeks: Ten of the nurses lost weight, with an average of 4.4 pounds and a range from 1.5-9 pounds… six of the nurses reported increased energy levels… 74 percent of the nurses (14 out of 19) lowered their cholesterol, with a mean average of 18 mg/dL, and six of them lowered their cholesterol by a shocking 45 to 60 mg/dL… Eight of them reported feeling “highly satisfied” with their health, in comparison to only one nurse who reported this prior to the program… After the challenge was finished, the nurses reported eating more fruits and vegetables… and less meat and dairy’. SOURCE…

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