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Plant-Based Living

Plant-Based Living

What is Plant-Based Eating?

Plant-based eating means consuming whole foods that grow in a garden or on a farm, either in the ground or on a tree or bush, minimally processed, and no added salt, oil or sugar (SOS free).

 

 

What are the Benefits of Plant-Based Eating?

There are so many!!!

I became PB because it reversed my 30 years of super high blood pressure–178/115–even while taking medication, to 98/60—no pills, just plants.  Even if you don’t suffer from health challenges, eating whole plant foods is the most nutritious food on the planet! It’s anti inflammatory so your joints don’t hurt; our bodies become more flexible; you’ll  have more energy and vitality; less plaque will form on your teeth; your eyes will be brighter, and your skin will glow from within; Acne and skin issues disappear;  many autoimmune diseases can be healed; type 2 diabetes can be reversed; heart disease will go away.  Get it?!  Nutrition is the key to a healthy life.  It’s been proven through science, clinical trial studies and tens of thousands of real life testimonials.

Most importantly, eating this way can truly help you lead a healthier, happier life filled with joy, energy and possibilities!

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

This is truly one of my most frequently asked questions!

Did you know all plant food contains protein, fat, and carbohydrates? In fact, you can actually eat too much protein, because our bodies are consistently recycling our own protein supply. The beef industry did a great job of convincing us that we need animal protein to be healthy.  But science, research, and clinical health studies confirm that we only need about 10% of our calories to come from protein. Plant foods, especially leafy greens, beans and legumes, contain plenty of protein for our bodies to meet the daily needs.  And you get to eat a lot, and not gain weight!!!

What Foods Should Plant-Based Eaters Avoid?

A whole plant food diet emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods.  Once a food is processed, it looses most of its nutritional content. It’s like eating “empty” food, and “wasted” calories.  It might taste good but it doesn’t do anything good for our bodies.  In fact, processed foods can increase inflammation, wreak havoc with our digestive systems, tax our livers, blood vessels, our heart and our brains!

The goal is to eat gorgeous and colorful, organic, non GMO fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans & legumes, nuts and seeds.

To avoid:

  • All animal products, even fish.  Many plant-based doctors say, “Don’t eat anything with a face and a mother”!
  • Refined foods like added sugars, white flour, processed and junk foods, and oils…even olive oil
  • Fried foods and fast food
  • Pay special attention to food quality:  try to buy locally sourced, organic and non-GMO foods as much as possible.

 

What Do You Get to Eat?!

The healthiest foods on the planet are: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans & legumes, nuts & seeds.  Ideally, eat foods that are raw or gently steamed, as cooking can denature the vitamins available to our bodies.  Some foods, though, increase in nutritional value when gently cooked, like tomatoes and spinach.  Don’t get too entangled with the details.   Just focus on eating all the gorgeous colors whole plant food provides:  greens from broccoli, leafy greens, string beans, edamame, artichokes, and all other green veggies; blues and purples from purple cauliflower, blueberries and purple potatoes; red from raspberries, strawberries, beets, tomatoes; potatoes; yellows from bananas, winter squash, yams, and bell peppers; orange from oranges, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, winter squashes, even white! like cauliflower, potatoes, turnips, jicama.  All of the colors of plant food is LIFE! and will do wonders for your body, heart and soul, and your brain.  Follow the rainbow and you’ll  find your pot of gold to heath!

But Wait, Fish is Healthy, isn't it?

Yes, fish can be healthy, as it can provide the essential omega 3’s and 6’s.  Sadly, our oceans are terribly polluted with heavy metals, (especially mercury), PCB’s and many other toxins, which are absorbed into the fish and then absorbed in our bodies.  This is not good for our brains, or our livers.  Many Whole Food Doctors recommend wild salmon.  Just be careful where you source it and consume it only a couple of times per week.

What's Wrong With a Little Salt?

Sodium is a natural ingredient, and we need some of it in our diets to stay healthy, but table salt is actually a concentrated version of this mineral.
Humans need no more than 1/4 teaspoon of sodium per day. If you’re a fan of the salt shaker, you know that this is not very much.
The overconsumption of salt is linked to high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and heart disease; the scientific evidence is clear.

Sadly, the standard American diet (otherwise known as the “SAD” diet!) is ALL about the salt. Processed foods have tons of added sodium to make them taste good and stay preserved as they sit on store shelves.

In fact, natural foods taste even better without this inflammatory substance. Once your palate adjusts to the lack of added salt (it takes about a week or so), you will be delighted at how delicious the unadulterated flavors of food can be. Something as simple as steamed broccoli and blanched greens will delight your palate!

If you have too much salt in your diet, you might feel bloated, overly thirsty, or have a foggy brain. And even if you don’t feel anything out of the ordinary, cutting way back on salt will help you lead a longer, healthier life.

This is not about throwing out your entire salt supply! A tiny bit is just fine. The key is learning how to cook, shop, and eat without it; reading labels more carefully, adjusting recipes, and trying new ways of cooking.  At Garden of Eydie we’ll show you how.

Once you start reading the fine print at the grocery store, you’ll be surprised at how much sodium lurks in everyday food. Including sweets!

Why No Oil?

We all know that too much oil isn’t great for us, but many people are unaware that ingesting all types of oils are really unhealthy. Oil is 100% fat, which means it’s the most calorie-dense food in existence, weighing in at 4,000 calories a pound!

The idea that olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or other so-called “natural” oils are healthy is a complete myth!

All oils — regardless of what they’re made of — are concentrated fat. They clock in at around 120 calories per tablespoon, which means that the “healthy” low calorie salad you think you’re eating could have anywhere from 360-480 extra calories coming from the vinaigrette, alone!

Also, oil doesn’t contain any fiber or water to help us feel full, making it so easy to overeat fatty foods and gain weight!

Oil clogs our arteries! As it enters the blood, it damages blood vessels, slows circulation, and forms plaque, which can lead to heart disease the number one killer of Americans).

In fact, just one high-fat meal has been shown to lead to chest pain. Our poor hearts!

Here is how it works: The lining of our blood vessels produce a miracle molecule called nitric oxide. Normally, the fast moving blood within our blood vessels is able to pick up the nitric oxide molecules and send them to all of the organs and tissues in our body, repairing and regenerating them. That’s how we stay healthy and young. However, fat slows down the blood, preventing nitric oxide from reaching our tissues and organs. Pretty sad, right?  And then what happens?  OXIDATION!  Which. means aging and cell damage.  Yikes.

It’s good to eat healthy fats in moderation.
Only around 10% of calories should come from healthy fats like avocado, nuts, tofu, and seeds.

The vast majority of our calories should come from healthy, complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, potatoes and yams, whole grains, beans and legumes. Healthy fats are an important part of our diets — but always in moderation!  Only around 10% of calories should come from healthy fats like avocado, nuts, tofu, and seeds.

Lowering your fat will keep your heart healthy, your tissues and organs regenerating and your waist nice and slim!

Will I Lose Weight?

My Doctor Said Vegans and Vegetarians Lose Their Hair. Is This True?

I Read This Helped You Lower Your Blood Pressure. Would it Help Me Too?

It helped me because… BUT make sure to always consult YOUR doctor for best health advice

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