WHY EAT PLANT-BASED?
Eating plant-based is one of the most powerful steps that you can take to improve your health, boost energy levels, and prevent chronic diseases. If you’ve ever done research on a plant-based eating, you know that there is a lot of science showing that changing the way you eat is a powerful way to live a longer life, help the environment, and reduce your risk of getting sick.
DID YOU KNOW THAT EATING A PLANT-BASED
DIET CAN BOOST YOUR HEALTH?
There’s excellent scientific evidence that many chronic diseases can be controlled, reduced, or even reversed by moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Scientific research highlighted in one of the first books that I ever read on nutrition is The China Study shows that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other major illnesses. Many people also reported bigger fitness payoffs, more energy, reduced inflammation, and better health
outcomes after changing the way that they eat.
WHAT IS A PLANT BASED EATING?
A plant-based diet (way of eating) is based on the following:
Whole food describes natural foods that are not heavily processed. That means whole, unrefined, or minimally refined ingredients.
Plant-based means food that comes from plants and doesn’t include animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs, or honey.
A whole-food, plant-based diet lets you meet your nutritional needs by focusing
on natural, minimally-processed plant foods.
I am not a Vegan nor do I push Veganism on others. But what I do love to do is to educate people on a better - healthier way of eating, and the best way to do this is by eating a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet. Now keep in mind throughout this site that when I say "diet", I mean the way you eat not the standard deprivation diet.
My motto is: Good - Better - Best!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PLANT-BASED DIET?
There are so many benefits to moving to a plant-based eating lifestyle,
which are all supported by science.
Some of these benefits include:
EASY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: People who eat a plant-based diet tend to be leaner than those who don’t, and this way of eating makes it easy to lose weight and keep it off—without counting calories. This means that it is sustainable. Not a roller coaster of eating.
DISEASE PREVENTION: Whole-food, plant-based eating can prevent, halt, or even reverse chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
LIGHTER ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT: A plant-based diet places much less stress on the environment.
DO GRADUAL CHANGES...
As doing a sudden change in the way you eat is sometimes to much for people, do gradual changes, and take your time.
According to Dr. McDougall, MD:
Add around 1,000 calories of legumes, whole grains, and starchy vegetables to your everyday routine. These starchy foods will keep you satiated and satisfied. Therefore, you’ll naturally eat less of the animal products and processed foods that are making you sick.
For more information about Dr. McDougall's finding, check out:
Focus your changes on things like switching from meat, milk, and eggs to whole plant foods. Such changes dramatically improve the nutritional composition of your diet, this is where you will find the most noticeable and measurable improvements in your health. Remember, you don't have to make big changes, start small.
For me, my food changes have been very gradual. I started eating gluten-free in 2012, and then gradually I switched to plant-based milks until I found the best one for me, and then started eating a Flexitarian diet. Now in our household (2020) we might add animal protein in our diets maybe once or twice a month (if any ). In fact, I haven't eaten chicken, pork or seafood (I haven't eaten red meat since 1988) in over 2 months - and surprisingly as I grew up on a ranch eating meat - I don't even miss it! My cravings are gone too! In fact, it's so interesting for my body that when I eat out and not plant-based (like a pizza-yum!) that I have instant cravings. So cool to use my own innate wisdom in what works for my own body!
The key here is to eat and cook in accordance to how 'your' body reacts. Remember that you are unique and just because one thing works for someone else doesn't mean it will work for you. You have to listen to 'your' body and make good choices based on how your body reacts to the foods that you choose. You will notice that once you cut out a lot of these processed and refined foods, your body will react
should you bring them back in to your diet.
Go ahead! Make small changes now, and I assure you that will
be glad that you started no matter how small or large.
IS A PLANT-BASED DIET FOR ME?
You won't know until you try it! So many people who make the switch whether small or large changes report feeling much better, having less fatigue, losing weight, lower their pain and inflammation, and otherwise enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.
It's actually pretty easy once you get started as you will see such amazing changes. As Dr. McDougall says, “Once you have more energy, have lost some weight, or your stomach pain has disappeared, then it’s easier to continue eating healthfully. One of the best motivators for people transitioning to plant-based eating comes from how great they feel and how much more they can do in their lives once they’re feeling healthier.”
SO...WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?
But the benefits that you will gain are huge!
IS EATING HEALTHY EXPENSIVE?
ACTUALLY...You will spend less by buying produce, grains, potatoes and beans. Create your meals around these main staples and you will find that you spend less money than on an animal protein and processed foods diet.
DO I NEED TO BUY ORGANIC?
If you can afford to purchase organic foods, then by all means do! But it is not necessary. I buy some foods Organic depending on price and availability, but I do not buy all organic foods. When not buying organic, I do take special care in cleaning my fruits and veggies.
SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN?
Whole plant foods contain all the essential nutrients with the exception of vitamin B12 that we need. There are foods that have B12 in them, but the best source is a simple B12 supplement. In fact, it is recommended that all adults over 50 take a B12 supplement as many people lose the ability to absorb B12 from food sources. Do your own research on nutrients in plant-based eating or ask me!
IS PLANT-BASED EATING THE SAME AS BEING A VEGAN?
Although there are some similarities, there are definite differences.
Vegans will avoid all animal products or exploitation in food, clothing, shoes, or any other aspect of their lives.
Vegans don't necessarily focus on eating just whole plant foods, they also might eat refined and processed foods.
For me, I describe a whole-food, plant-based diet as one that eliminates or minimizes all
animal products as well as highly refined and processed foods, including oil.
I don't judge anyone on the way that they eat, how someone eats is a personal choice,
but I am here to answer any questions that relate to eating for a
Happy, Healthy and Balanced Lifestyle!