I grew up eating meat, potatoes, dairy (I am allergic to dairy, so not sure why I was encouraged to keep eating that as a kid-hmm) and of course lots of desserts. I remember a friend asking me around 2012 if I was into clean eating. I remember looking at her like she has 3 heads. Did she think I bought dirty groceries? I had no idea what she was talking about and I had a lot to learn!
I changed my eating 360 degrees in August 2013 after reading a book that was recommended to me at that time.
I was trying to figure out how to get more energy, be healthier and lose weight. At that time, I went 100% vegan, I wasn't necessarily eating healthier, I had swapped meat and dairy for vegan processed food.
It took me hitting rock bottom with adrenal fatigue in 2016, when everything shifted. I was traveling at that time for work 2-3 weeks out of every month, which made eating plant-based hard, especially because I didn't really know what I was doing. I had a read a few books, that was about it! Yikes!
I decided to attend a few nutrition conferences where Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Ornish, Dr. Greger and Dr. Esselstyn presented. I was craving even more, so I decided to take a plant-based nutrition course through E-Cornell to learn more.
After studying, and of course testing out foods, recipes and more on myself and my family, I have created a system to enjoy a plant-based lifestyle at home, on travel, while visiting family and of course at restaurants!
For me, I had to find what worked for me and plant-based is works best for me and my body at this season of my life!
This is one of the healthiest lifestyles you can live by!
Let’s take a look at the benefits of following this type of diet. People who follow this lifestyle are more likely to be eating foods that are high in vitamins (B1, C, magnesium, folic acid, and iron), minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber while being low in saturated fats and cholesterol.
You will be able to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, stroke, obesity, and prostate and colon cancer.
It is also suitable for anyone of all ages, including pregnant and lactating women. As with any diet that you are following it should be well planned out.
Your Version? Your Way?
I believe and embrace bio-individuality, which means different things work for different people, based on our unique makeup and likes!
For example, when you follow a 100% plant-based diet, you no longer eat animal products. This mean no more meat, poultry, and fish, but you don’t have eggs, milk, dairy, butter, or even foods like honey.
For some plant-based isn’t 100%, it might mean 90% or 80% or whatever % one chooses. It is being mindful to eat more plant-based foods to provide your body with the nutrition that fuels it!
On a plant-based diet, you will eat foods like grains, legumes, lentils, beans, fruits and vegetables, and other food items that you can make when you combine them. There are also familiar food items that are made with meat substitute products such as hot dog, cheese, ice cream, non-dairy yogurt, mayonnaise, and burgers.
Just remember processed food is still processed food and not going to have the nutritional value of a whole food. You definitely want to reduce if not eliminate processed food if possible.
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