Seven years in to living a plant-based lifestyle and I can't ever imagine going back to the way I once consumed "food". In fact, I forget there was any other way sometimes! But, I always remind myself where I came from, because without that chapter in my life, I wouldn't be here doing the work that I do. (and, I am sooooooooooo grateful for this work!)
Living a plant-based lifestyle is so incredibly rewarding, fun, and vibrant! It truly does not have to be overwhelming and complicated.
Here are the top 10 questions and comments I have and often receive:
But how will I get my protein? (the infamous question)
What do you eat?!?!?!?!?!?!
Oh, I can't do that. I will fail.
Vegan is too expensive.
I was once Vegan. Then I got sick.
I was once Vegan. But, it just wasn't for me.
Well, you need animals because of the protein, fat, b12 and amino acids. Didn't you know this?!
Vegan is gross.
You're Vegan? I love eating animals.
I only eat organic meat.
(Had to an an extra because of the cute GIF of Pooh Bear below..keep scrolling) Is honey Vegan?
Here are my responses:
I get my protein from every source of food I consume. Protein is in everything. Even fruit! The most nourishing sources of protein that prevent disease and heal the body come from plants.
I eat everything I want! My food consumption world is MUCH more exciting than it was before when my meals revolved around a chunk of meat. The variety available in the plant-based world is untouchable.
Why can't you? You can do anything you want. The mindset of failing comes from a deeply rooted emotional place. What fear do you feel around food? What fear do you feel about self failure?
The most expensive food products on the market are: meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood. While some individuals can only afford to feed their family through fast food drive - thru's, many have the option to make healthier choices. And, it is up to us to create change in the food system to offer healthy foods to the demographics that can't afford as much. A great way to start learning how you can create positive impact, is by finding ways to help your local community. Here is a great and simple article to get your wheels spinning.
What did your Vegan diet look like? Did you consume Vegan junk food? Processed/packaged foods? How long did you diet look the way it did? What does sick mean? There are a lot of factors that play a role here. Were you becoming deficient in any essential minerals and/or vitamins? Did you work with a doctor/holistic practitioner of any sorts to track your blood work and supplement properly while your body was transitioning?
What about being Vegan wasn't for you? What understanding do you have of living a Vegan lifestyle? Is this about your tastebuds? Social scene? What makes a compassionate lifestyle a turnoff for you?
No, I do not need to eating animals for nutritional profile. Every nutrient we get from an animal comes from the plants they consume. Let's just go straight to the source and skip the inflammation and disease that accompanies animal consumption. B12 can be a tough nutrient for many to get enough of because the soil on this planet has become so depleted. Vimergy is a wonderful source to look into should you choose to supplement.
Vegan is gross, why? Do you like potato chips, fruit, hummus, guacamole, cashews, peanut butter, rice....They are all Vegan. Even the seasoning you use to make your chicken taste good is Vegan.
I recommend you take a look into the following documentaries: Dominion, Conspiracy, Forks over Knives, Food Inc. Then look into this list to continue your education quest.
Even organic meat will offer inflammation in the body. While these animals are not injected with the typical steroid, antibiotic, and pharmaceutical that a factory farmed animal is, they are still providing you with their natural hormones, puss in their dairy, artificial red coloring in the meat, and many other yucky things.
Honey is not Vegan. However, we personally consume Raw and Local honey (only) as a way to support our body and to keep the bees alive (without them we die!)
P.S. There are no judgements for those who choose to consume animal products. I have close people in my life who went from a plant-based diet to consuming some animal products because it is what they feel is best for them and the position of their health. While I may have a different belief system, our choices do not make us bad people. The important thing to look at is if our choices are sustainable for the health of our body and the planet and understanding how to work within this space. Most individuals (especially in America) are in a dark place with their health due to the toxic food and pharmaceutical systems in place. A plant-based diet has been proven time and time again to reverse many of the chronic illnesses and autoimmune diseases so many are living with.
Now that we have these questions and concerns out of the way, I would love to share with you some of my very favorite plant-based foods to keep as staples in your home.
FRUIT: We simply cannot live without fruit. Contrary to what much of western medicine and even some holistic practitioners will say, I believe fruit is the Holy Grail of food. Fruit is the all healing and all preventative food. The sugars keep our brain healthy and alert! The carbohydrates keep the energy in our body flowing. And, without the fiber in fruit...we would have a pretttttty tough time pooping. Don't confuse fruit sugars with refined sugars. They are simply opposites. Fruit is an incredible food to satiate when hunger strikes while offering something up for our sweet tooth. It is the easiest fast food on the planet! If you aren't the biggest fruit fan, I suggest starting with buying an abundance of your favorite fruit and eating some every day. Over time your palate will crave more and new fruits.
POTATOES: potatoes! potatoes! we love potatoes! MMMMM potatoes. Did I mention that we love potatoes? Again, the carbohydrates in potatoes are nothing to fear. What we choose to add to the potatoes when cooking can be what is truly harming our body. Leave the oils and butters out of the mix and toss in some savory herbs and spices. Steam, boil, roast, grill...any way you like! We consume potatoes for dinner (yes, just potatoes) at least once a week! Potatoes are not only satiating, but they are incredibly grounding foods for the soul. When we are feeling spacey or light headed, potatoes are a great source to turn to.
GREENS: Whatever your favorite leafy green is, keep it around on a daily basis. Find fun and different ways to work with it. You don't have to be a kale lover (oh, but we are!) to enjoy a wonderful salad. Even the crunchy stuff like romaine lettuce offers micronutrient level nourishment and cleansing of toxin heavy metals from the organs. This is a great way to get daily protein.
AVOCADOS: enough said. Enjoy a ripe avocado with a spoon for a snack any time of day. Get your fats from a source like avocado. It will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
MILKS: It's funny because I don't drink much plant-based milks, but I love to keep them in the fridge at all times. I have found that I like to make my own or purchase from MALK. I enjoy a good oat milk in my morning coffee and like to use for my granola or oats every once in a while. Plant-based milks are a great transition food as many make their way off dairy. Just try to purchase something without all of the added preservatives and sugars for the healthiest option. But, just finding a place to start is most important.
So, there you have it. A place to start implementing wonderful, nourishing, high vibe, high energy, beautiful, and healing foods into your world.
As always: In peace, love, and health,