Daily Archives: 05/10/2017

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The science of plants: How to eat healthy

It is becoming very clear lately, that eating plant-based is the healthiest decision we can make in our lives. Not only are our bodies designed to eat plants (check out this article that describes how our bodies are not built to eat meat), but our health indicates that it doesn’t want to eat bodies of other animals – and everything that comes out of them.

We are becoming more and iller and dependent on drugs that are prescribed to us, usually blindly and with deadly side effects. Hospitals are full, like Camp Nou during El Clasico, and people are dying from heart diseases and cancer every year younger.

Although the media is fighting us hard and the big pharma isn’t giving up anytime soon, we are slowly but surely showing the world that we have been poisoned and brainwashed by the same people who were supposed to take care of us. We were led to believe that eating other species of animals will give us health and strength, but it sadly only gave us disease and premature death.

It’s time to stop blindly following the masses and finally open our eyes to the fact that the only medicine we need are foods that don’t scream, bleed or run away when faced with a human holding a knife.

We need to go back to nature. If we want to know how to eat healthily, we need to listen to our bodies more, and they are telling us to eat plants.

If you have been following the news in the past few months, you might have heard of a beautiful and informative documentary called What the Health. It was made by the same two guys that made Cowspiracy, and we all know how powerful Cowspiracy was. So you know that we can trust them with what they say; not only because they have proved their credibility once before, but because What the Health provides actual facts that are backed up by a bunch of doctors that are a living proof of how effective the plant-based diet is + have done their research and studies.

If you haven’t watched What the Health yet, I strongly recommend it and I truly, truly recommend their first documentary Cowspiracy as well. I gathered a few interesting facts from their website – yes, all the facts can be found on their website in case you don’t believe what they say in the movie – and I have them here to show them to you, just in case you need more motivation to go fully plant-based. Like I said before, you can find all the reports and studies on the WTH website – here.

  • WHO (World Health Organization) report has classified bacon & sausage as carcinogenic to humans.
  • One serving of processed meat per day increases the risk of developing diabetes by 51%.
  • Within minutes of eating dead meat bacteria toxins, the body gets a burst of inflammation, stiffening or paralyzing the arteries.
  • Eating 1 egg per day is just as bad as smoking 5 cigarettes per day for life expectancy.
  • The number one source of saturated fat is dairy.
  • Countries with the highest rates of dairy consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
  • For women who have had breast cancer, just one serving of whole dairy a day can increase their chance of dying from the disease by 49%.
  • The largest, strongest terrestrial animals on the planet are all herbivores.

As you can see, eating animal products is literally killing us. If that is not enough of a reason for people to adopt a plant-based diet, then I don’t know what is.

We are able to live healthy long lives and experience the beauty that is around us, if only we switch to a much healthier diet that is specifically made for us.

Plants are a gift from nature. They are alive.

As many times before, I will invite you to read The China Study; the most recommended book among plant eaters. It is one of the strongest evidence about plant-based diet being the best for human health. I have read it a bunch of times by now and it never ceases to amaze me with all the information it provides.

What about you? Are you already plant-based, or are you just learning about why a plant-based diet is the healthiest for humans? Have you learned anything new about how to eat healthily? Let me know in the comment.

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Tanja

3 ways to eat plant based on a budget

If you are one of those people that think eating plant based is expensive, then I must tell you that you are wrong. It could not be cheaper to eat plants and stay healthy. Not only do you save money because you are not buying animal products and a ton of other unhealthy shit, but you also save money due to being healthy and not needing to spend money on doctors and drugs.

Let’s get one thing out of the way – if you want to eat highly processed vegan foods, such as cheese, meats, cookies, and similar, then yes, it will be expensive and you won’t save much. But if you eat clean, whole food diet that doesn’t come with added coloring and sugar, you will be good.

Here are three ways to eat plant based on a budget.

  1. Eat healthy. Buying potatoes, rice, tomatoes and apples is not going to cost you much + it won’t negatively affect your health. Buying fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and spices is affordable and healthy. Yes, you will need to cook and prepare meals by yourself, which I know some humans hate to do, but for the sake of your wallet and your health, taking 30 minutes to prepare a soup or risotto is necessary.
  2. Write down your meal schedule for the week ahead so you will know what to eat and what to buy ahead of time. If you go to the store without a plan – and god forbid you are hungry as well – you will spend useless amounts of money on products that are expensive and bad for your health. What ingredients will you need for the main three meals on Monday? What about Tuesday? Think about the whole week and plan your daily meals. You won’t only save money but time as well.
  3. Eat at home. I already mentioned cooking and preparing your own meals, but if you are used of eating out and having someone else prepare your meals for you, then this might be just what you need. Eating in restaurants and bars may not seem expensive when you are sitting there, waiting for your burger or veggie plate to arrive, but when you look back at the end of the month, you see how much money you spent on meals that you could easily prepare at home + you could get all the ingredients for a much lower price. I know that starting to cook is challenging, especially if you don’t like it, but think about how much money you will save and how different your lifestyle will be with a bit more money in your pocket that would otherwise be spent on take-out.

Social media promotes the idea that eating a plant based diet is expensive and something only privileged kids can afford to do. They tell us that it is impossible to eat plant based on a budget and that is so not true. After all, we all see those beautiful fruit bowls and vegan pizzas on Instagram accounts of pretty girls in yoga pants. We subconsciously connect the dots and suddenly we get the fake idea that if we want to eat a healthy plant based diet, we must include coconuts and pineapple in our morning cereal, or that sweet potatoes are a must with every meal. Hey, we can’t all afford coconuts every day, and sweet potatoes are rare to find (especially for us, small town people).

Don’t get obsessed with the fake ideal that social media promotes about what plant eaters must eat. It’s not true at all. A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about what I eat, and most of the foods that I mentioned were rice, pasta and potatoes. Carbs. Now, I’m not poor because my plate doesn’t look like a rainbow every single day, or because I only eat pizza twice a year. I eat the way I eat because it is healthy and I would much rather spend my money on books and education than on tropical fruit that does not contain much different nutrients than an apple or a pear.

And there is nothing wrong with eating on a budget. Most of us have a budget when it comes to food. It is how the majority of people in Western world eat. We know how much we can afford to spend and where the limit is. If you are lucky enough to be able to eat in restaurants or have a private chef, then good for you, I am happy that you are able to eat whatever you want, but most of us don’t have that luxury.

But I don’t want you to live with the belief that eating plants is expensive. It absolutely isn’t. Doctors and the media love to promote the idea of a plant based diet being expensive and/or not good enough for our health. Don’t listen to them.

Choose your health and learn how to play the game. Learn what foods are good for you, where to get your B12, and learn about how to eat on a budget. That’s the whole science.

Now, if you don’t know what books are good sources of knowledge about plant based nutrition, then I have a post written for you here, and if you want to know which movies I love that talk about what to eat on a plant based diet, you can check out this post.

Make sure to leave a comment below, telling me any other tips that you have for everyone who wants to eat plant based more often but is afraid of going over the limit on their budget, so we can share what we know.

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Tanja