“So, if I’m not plant-based wouldn’t you work with me?”… You might be asking.
And the answer is: of course, I will! I’m not choosing the people I’d love to help by their eating preferences. However, there is a number of reasons why I focus and follow a whole-foods plant-based lifestyle, and there are some clarifications I’d like to make here.
But first, let me tell you a little story about how I began with this.
By reading the China Study – the most extensive research ever done about nutrition, I started learning how the consumption of animal products, especially milk, affects health in humans. I was impressed by the facts and started making changes in my life.
Not long after, I discovered Dr. Greger and his book How Not To Die – and yes I have to accept I don’t want to die just yet. But this is not what this book is about – by learning about how what we eat affects our health, longevity, sleep and even mental health. I realised that people are killing themselves slowly!
We all are going to die eventually, but that doesn’t mean we have to deliberately acquire diseases, and spend our lives in pain, low energy or depending on medicines that only lower the symptoms and cause other consequences. Do you agree with me on this?
SO, WHAT IS PLANT-BASED?
A plant-based way of eating means that you eat primarily products coming from the earth, from plants. And that only a small percentage or none animal products are included in the diet, and are usually avoided.
Whole foods are products that are not or little processed. Foods that are whole, unrefined, or contain minimally refined ingredients.
These are fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, beans and oils.
Plant-based doesn’t mean vegetarian or vegan, because it allows for some animal products in minimum quantities. You prioritise plant products and these are your main source of nutrients.
Some people might already be following a plant-based way of eating but hadn’t considered this. If that’s you, congratulations! And welcome to my life.
VEGAN / VEGETARIAN DOESN’T MEAN HEALTHY
Some people don’t eat animals for other reasons different than health. And for some vegans, this is not only their way of eating, it is a philosophy, a way of life.
They are compassionate with animals and care about where all of the products they use come from, the environment and all forms of life on this planet. I really appreciate that.
However, sometimes they focus too much on what to avoid and not on what to include in their diets. And here is where some times, a vegan or vegetarian way of eating may be lacking nutrients or might include too much of processed foods that are not the best for you.
WHY WHOLE-FOODS, PLANT-BASED?
According to the authors mentioned above, my own experience and whole lot of research, a whole-foods plant-based way of eating is beneficial for many reasons. These are my top 3 – in that order:
1. Health & well-being
I could be here writing all day long about this! I can not express enough happiness, satisfaction, and relief about the health benefits me and my clients are experiencing by changing to a whole-foods plant-based way of eating.
It is the weight loss, improved energy, sports performance, lower cholesterol, quicker recovery from chemotherapy, and other conditions.
There are so many health benefits associated with a whole-foods plant-based way of eating.
2. Environmental causes
The industrialisation of animal products is so harmful for the planet. We’re using natural resources, land and water to produce a lot more than what we actually need to eat. By reducing animal consumption we are helping the environment big time!
This is something I’ve been learning more recently, I didn’t grow up with pets so I’m not super attached to animals. But when I think about that they have to suffer so I can eat them, that instantly makes the idea not that great anymore. And I’m very confused about people who love some animals but eat others…
While I’m not vegan, I believe that by choosing to avoid animal products most of the time, I am contributing to save the environment, to me staying healthy, and to lower the demand of animal products.
If only we all could do this, the world would be a better place. Don’t you think?