Have you ever considered moving to a plant-based diet? I can hear some of you say, “No way!” But what if you have to move, for health reasons? Would you move to a plant-based diet, if you have to?
By a plant-based diet I mean completely vegan – i.e. no meat (including fish), no dairy, and no eggs. Admittedly, it can be challenging and takes getting used to – especially, if meat is a staple in your diet.
Why opt for a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is sustainable whilst livestock is a major contributor to greenhouse gases.
In her book Plant-Based Cookbook, Trish Sebben-Krupka, refers to the United Nations’ 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Sebben-Krupka, quotes the report as saying, meat and dairy account for 70 per cent of global freshwater consumption, 38 per cent of total land use, and 19 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.
A plant-based diet is also clean when compared to the meat industry. The amount of meat recalls over the years suggest serious problems within the industry. Livestock farming is increasingly being linked to antibiotic resistance – a serious threat to human health.
What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?
Cardiologists recommend a plant-based diet for the prevention of heart disease. This diet is also linked to the prevention of a number of illnesses, such as, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases.
Besides, a plant-based diet helps you control your weight, gives you healthy skin and hair plus plenty of energy. What more could you ask for from your diet? Who would not want to feel and look good?
What do you eat?
Nowadays a quick search on the Internet gives you plenty of ideas for vegan recipes.
A vegan diet consists of:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Beans and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans etc.)
- Whole grains (basmati wholegrain rice, kamut, farro, quinoa etc.)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, chia, flax seed, hemp etc.)
- Meat substitutes (organic tofu, tempeh and soya products)
How do you become a vegan?
Unless you are very determined, you do not become a vegan overnight.
Start by making small changes to your diet. Replace one meal a day; go with whole foods as much as you possibly can.
Plan your food. Clear out your larder and stock up on beans and pulses, rice, and other grains. Cook ahead and keep a stock of raw fruits and vegetables (frozen fruit and veg are also good for you and can be used in cooking).
Increase your plant-based meals as you go … until you achieve your goal.
Trish Sebben-Krupka says, “If you fall off the the plant-based wagon, just dust yourself off and start again the next day.”
Finally a quote from Albert Einstein (Nobel prize 1921): Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
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