Tips & Benefits of transitioning to a Plant-based diet!

 

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3 thoughts on “Tips & Benefits of transitioning to a Plant-based diet!

  1. I think the biggest question most people have when going vegan (or simply more on the plant-based end) is where they’re going to get their protein from. It seems that you didn’t whither away. So, I hope people are taking notes! lol.
    I love the fact that you’re talking about your PERSONAL experience. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. 🙂

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    1. Thankyou! Also, you’re completely right about people being concerned about protein. Personally I feel like Western diets are a little too protein obsessed but I also believe that if people are choosing a plant-based vegan diet and making conscious decisions about what they put in their body they will be able to tell when they need more protein. I feel like you and I are on the same team with this but I would be interested in hearing what you think about protein & veganism.

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      1. This has been such a big question that I dedicated an entire chapter to it in my book. It’s called “Protein is Overrated”. I used to think I needed a protein shake every morning to reach my daily recommended intake. After enjoying a vegan diet for 2 years, I found a website called “cron-o-meter” ( http://www.cronometer.com ) where it lets users input their daily meals and tells us if were deficient in anything (all the way down to amino acids). To my surprise, I realized that I was getting all the protein I needed. While doing some more research, I read this article written by Jeff Novick on the myth of incomplete proteins ( http://www.jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2012/3/28_The_Myth_Of_Complimenting_Proteins.html ). It really gave me insight into the stigma we have towards protein. From all of my research, I learned that:
        1.) it isn’t all about protein. The 9 essential amino acids that build proteins in the body are more important. When you have an active lifestyle, carbs also build protein.
        2.) An assortment of plant-foods have all of these amino acids. And, its not just in tofu or quinoa.
        3.) As long as we eat enough ‘good’ (plant-based) food in a day, we are usually getting all the amino acids and proteins we need.
        4.) The body has to break down protein into amino acids, and then reconstruct them into usable protein that our body can then use to rebuild tissue, etc. It takes more work to break down animal protein than plant protein. This is another reason we have less energy after eating meat than plant-foods.
        5.) The protein supplement industry is about making $$. So, they will uphold that myth as much as possible. We honestly need more healthy fats, enzymes, acids and minerals… protein will come into the picture when we eat the foods that will get us all of these wonderful nutrients.

        All-in-all, I had to educate myself in order to understand that I was getting enough protein on a plant-based diet. So I can understand why most people have misconceptions. It’s up to us to teach through example by how we live our lives.

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