We eat plants! Lots and lots of plants. It didn’t start out that way for us, it was a journey of discovery. Finding out that the plants that God made from the beginning contained what our bodies needed to thrive. We have flipped and flopped through various diets. My favorite was the paleo diet, since we reasoned our way to eating lots of bacon. Who doesn’t love bacon? My husband’s gallbladder. I have watched his struggle to loose weight through our whole marriage. He lost a little weight with regular exercise but we didn’t see real changes until we started to explore plant based diets.
I hate the word diet. Let’s call it eating real food. That’s really what we are talking about anyway. Eating real food that doesn’t have ingredients, it IS the ingredient! Food that is fresh, full of enzymes and probiotics. Food that is Alive. I have a few points I want to make in regards to a plant based diet, I mean eating real food.
In a Cleveland Clinic study obese children and their parents both with high cholesterol switched to a plant based diet. Within 4 weeks they had all lost weight, reduced Cholesterol levels and decreased the inflammation in their bodies. Macknin M, Kong T, Weier A, et al. Plant-Based, No-Added-Fat or American Heart Association Diets: Impact on Cardiovascular Risk in Obese Children with Hypercholesterolemia and Their Parents. J Pediatric 2015.
The WHO just reported that processed meat causes cancer. We are talking about hot dogs, bacon, lunchmeat or any meat that has been processed. The WHO suggested there was strong evidence to place these foods in the same category as a carcinogen with cigarettes and asbestosis.
In The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PhD detailed the connection between nutrition, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. He highlights that when Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany, the Germans removed all the livestock from the country forcing the people to consume fruits, vegetables and legumes. Almost immediately death from heart attacks and strokes plummeted. Once the animal products were available again the heart disease increased to it’s normal ratios.
These are just a few of the thousands of studies showing the benefits of a plant based diet. Making the change to a plant based diet can be done slowly and doesn’t mean you can never have meat again. Our family eats 1lb. of grassfed beef a week for example. We are not however eating huge cuts of meat everyday. Focus your health efforts on eating real food, fresh food if possible.
If your heart yearns for healthier meals but you have no idea where to start, let me give you a few pointers. Start by replacing one meal a week. Pick a supper you normally have and replace it with plant food. Salad is a great and easy meal if your a beginner. Your probably wondering how salad is suppose to fill you up. Here are a few things you can add to the salad.
- Sunflower seeds
- Cooked Quinoa
- Chia Seeds
Pile up those leafy greens, add your other favorite veggies and add some of the items above to bulk it up. Your body will thank you for eating food that is alive!