Embrace all the beauty and nutrients that Mother Earth provides for us and add as many plants as you can to your diet. She has so much to give; think about all this colors, textures, shapes and textures! Doesn’t that make you already happy and joyful!? And the best thing is that all these awesome plants and veggies are full of nutrients and give everything that we humans need.
It’s also healthier for your body
You lower the risk of a heart attack, stroke and even cancer, you save yourself from obesity and all the related diseases that come along with. Did you know that on average people who follow a plant-based diet live 6 to 10 years longer than their meat eating friends? Forks over Knifes is a good movie that talks in detail about the health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Living a plant-based life is like traveling light
Your inner system adjusts to food that doesn’t weigh you down and takes forever to digest. You may even find that maintaining your weight gets easier. Eating as much plant-based meals as possible is not only good for your health; it is good for the environment and good for the animals. Every time you choose a clean and plant-based dish, we’re all better off. Once you start looking at the impact of your food choices, choosing plant-based dishes is a simple way to live lightly on the earth.
Just eat it
Let’s come to the fun part: eating! And eating plants is so much fun. There are thousands and thousands of varieties of plants, fruits and veggies that are waiting for you to be discovered. It doesn’t have to be fancy, tho. Start easy. What’s your favorite dish? Try to veganize it; google and pinterest can find a plant-based recipe for EVERY dish you can think about. Even deviled eggs. For real.
What comes around goes around: pimp your karma
But now: planetary health. Say what? Did you ever link your diet to the environment? You definitely should because it can contribute to climate change, resource depletion and species extinction. An easy way of limiting your impact is to increase plants in your diet. Let’s have a look: for instance, 70% (!!!) of the global farmland is used to grow animal feed. Often that farmland once was a forest, natural habitat, or the land of peasants. Now it is used to cultivate soy, corn or other grains that grows in huge monocultures.
Make your food clean!
Unfortunately, monocultures go hand in hand with pesticides,herbicides and other chemicals that destroy the natural habitat even more and kill all the good and awesome bacteria in the soil.
Besides water we humans need proteins, iron, vitamins, calcium, zinc, magnesium, fibre and fatty acids. Just to name a few nutrients. I know, that can sound complicated and annoying. But it’s easy. Let’s have a look at some of them.
I got 99 problems but protein ain’t one
Proteins make sure that the endogenous proteins can be built and regenerated. That ensures that the body has all the complex amino acids we need. But as the body can’t build all forms of amino acids by itself, there are nine types that we have to supply. Alright, watch out: yep, it’s a myth that plants can’t provide enough of those proteins. There are loads of plant-based foods that have all of those, others have a mix of some and lack others. Here’s the easy rule: as long as you eat legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables daily, you’re getting everything you need and even more.
But it’s not only that plant-based protein can easily keep up with animal proteins; they can also score off their counterparts. Compared to animal proteins, plant-based protein sources contain healthy fiber and complex carbohydrates while animal products are often high in artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat.
Plants make you stronger. And your bones.
Everyone knows that we need calcium for strong bones. And it’s true, calcium is an essential mineral that is used by the body to build and maintain bones and teeth, to clot blood, for muscle contraction and even more awesome things. Like other minerals, calcium is found in the soil where the roots of plants suck it into the plants that we eat. Pretty obvious that there are many plants that are rich in calcium. It’s easy to reach your daily needs! Broccoli, greens, almonds, tahini, chickpeas (tahini + chickpeas=hummus. Oh yeah!) or soybeans. Oh, and do you know where the cow gets its calcium from? Right, from plants! So, why not eat the plants directly instead of drinking cow’s milk?
The power of fruits and veggies
Veggies, fruits and greens are full of vitamins. The only vitamins you should think about are vitamin B12 and vitamin D. But this is a general thing despite of what you eat or don’t eat. We’ll tell you why. Vitamin B12 is made from bacteria that can be found in dirt. Yes, dirt! Neither plants nor animals naturally synthesize B12. Like humans animals also often don’t get enough of it, only if they’re lucky and are able to eat grass or whatever plants are on the pasture. Furthermore, they drink unchlorinated water. That humans lack vitamin B12 isn’t just a problem of vegans; it’s a thing about our so sanitary world. We’re afraid of bacteria. We rarely eat anything unwashed! To make sure you get enough of this mystery vitamin B12 you can eat your homegrown veggies without washing or even catch and drink rainwater (make sure to have it tested before drinking, tho). But yes, you can also supplement it.
Let’s quickly talk about vitamin D. That’s this vitamin that your body can produce by itself- with the help of sunlight. Vitamin D is involved in your immune system but also, like calcium, takes care of your bones. Try to expose your skin to sunlight. Ideal would be 15 minutes daily. Well, I know, that really depends on where you live. Try to find fortified plant milks in winter or when you have super sensitive skin that you can’t expose to sunlight without getting burned. But yes, you can also supplement it.
Iron deficiency is the most common form of nutritional deficiency
Better think about iron than about proteins. Iron is super important for your body to produce hemoglobin which in turn you need to have enough oxygen in your bloodstream. For instance, you can find iron in soybean (thereby in tofu), lentils, chickpeas, beans or potato. As plant-based iron is a little bit harder to absorb for your body make sure you eat foods that are rich in vitamin C, such as dark green, leafy vegetables and citrus to increase iron absorption.
Embrace healthy fats
As long as it’s unsaturated fat it’s good fat (in moderation, I admit). There is one fatty acid that is essential for our bodies and which only can be ingested via food: omega3-fatty acids. We need this fatty acid to prevent chronical inflammations and it supports your brain, heart, skin and joints. You might think about fish now. But plants can do too! Add flax or hemp seeds to your smoothie or muesli, use linseed in your salad dressing and snack some walnuts or chia pudding to make sure you get enough of it.
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If you’re still confused, you don’t know what to eat or you have question we’re happy if you contact us. We further recommend talking to your doctor of trust and get your blood checked regularly.