I might literally owe my life to whole foods, plant-based veganism. At the start of 2016, I was quite overweight and my doctor told me that I had pre type 2 diabetes. She recommended a diet of low carbs and lean meats. I tried it for a couple of months, and I didn’t feel healthy at all. More importantly, I wasn’t able to sustain it. I did my own research and gradually started a plant based diet. First, I cut out red meat, chicken and pork. Then I cut out the fish, and finally the dairy.
A year and four months later, I’ve never been healthier. I lost 40 pounds and for the first time in my adult life, I have a healthy weight and BMI. I reversed my pre type 2 diabetes and reduced my risk of heart disease and several forms of cancer.
So what is it? Whole foods, plant-based veganism is a diet of vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits and nuts. Important to note that plant-based diets are vegan and not all vegan diets are “plant-based.” Some vegan diets consist of highly processed foots that are outside of the realm of the traditional plant-based model.
The Protein Tho
Sometimes people ask me, where do you get your protein? I answer: the same place cows, elephants, rhinos and other large herbivores get their protein — plants. When I was a vegetarian in high school, my pediatrician told me I was anemic. This time around I’m not anemic because I eat a ton of leafy greens and protein-rich legumes. Whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruit are staples in our kitchen.
Plant based veganism also has the lowest environmental impact in terms of food consumption. Animals, especially large ones like cows, consume a ton of water and grass/ grain. They require a lot of land to live on too. Plant based vegans get their nutrients straight from the earth. No middleman necessary. Boom!
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