I have always been pretty conscious about of my health. I have always eaten in a way that I thought was good for me, crafting my meals around a balance of meat (protein) vegetables and maybe a grain or starch. And I have certainly always been very skeptical about a vegan diet being healthy for you.
So I decided to do some research to see what all the fuss was about, and what I learned, deeply shocked me.
I thought that meat had to be my main source of protein in my diet, vital for my diet! But I never knew that there is actually an abundance of protein in plant-based foods.
So if we take a collection of plant-based foods and look at how much protein there is in them, we can see that a varied diet of vegetables, fruit and legumes easily provides the protein we need -
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 0.8kg of protein per kg of body weight, per day - so for a 65kg woman, that’s 52g of protein per day and for a 75kg man, that’s 60g of protein per day.
I was completely amazed to discover that in a day of plant-based meals and snacks, I could eat my daily protein requirements without even having to think about it!
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I was really worried that by excluding animal products from my diet, I would somehow be missing essential nutrients or vitamins.
Ironically, by eating a varied diet of plant-based whole foods, we actually reap the benefits of taking in more nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, fiber & phytochemicals and these are essential for disease prevention and optimal health.
Bear in mind, any vitamins & minerals in animal based foods originate from plants, because that’s what animals eat - plants! So by eating a plant-based diet we are skipping the “middle man” (or “middle animal” ) and going straight to the source.
And better still, what we will not be ingesting is animal hormones, animal fat, animal protein, dietary cholesterol, antibiotics – all of which originate in animal products and not in plants, and all of which can be harmful to the human body.
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I was definitely concerned that eating a plant-based diet would reduce my fitness. And when we work hard to achieve this, it is not something we want to lose in a hurry!
Imagine how fascinating it was to discover a legion of elite plant-based athletes that is saying they train more intensely on a plant-based diet because -
Let’s have a look at some of these thriving, highly competitive plant-based athletes -
Former professional Full Ironman triathlete (1998 to 2004) and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.
6-foot-5 inches (1.96m) 300-pound (136kg) defensive lineman in the NFL, who became leaner, faster and stronger after adoping plant-based diet.
“Strongest Man of Germany” winner, Team Champion Strongman winner, World Log Lift Record Holder, German heavyweight Log Lift & Beer Keg Lifting Record Holder.
Runners World Top 10 Greatest Runners of All-Time, Men’s Health 100 Fittest Men of All Time, 4 time UltraRunning Magazine’s Ultrarunner of the Year.
Heather Jo Clark
Competes at an elite level as a Mixed Martial Artist in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and holds Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Pro Woman Surfer, 2016 World Champion, 2015 First Place in Ron Jon Junior Pro, 2014 winner of NSSA Southwest Women’s U18 season and Surfing Prime America Women’s U18 season.
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Being from a Science background, with a BSc in Zoology, I believed that it is natural for us to eat meat. So if it is natural, then obviously the human body would be anatomically designed to eat meat, right?
Dr. Williams C. Roberts from the National Institutes of Health & Baylor University — who is also the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology and is one of the world’s most prominent cardiologists with over 1500 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals — has said:
“Although most of us conduct our lives as omnivores, in that we eat flesh as well as vegetables and fruits, human beings have characteristics of herbivores, not carnivores. The appendages of carnivores are claws; those of herbivores are hands or hooves. The teeth of carnivores are sharp; those of herbivores are mainly flat (for grinding). The intestinal tract of carnivores is short (3 times body length); that of herbivores, long (12 times body length). Body cooling of carnivores is done by panting; herbivores, by sweating. Carnivores drink fluids by lapping; herbivores, by sipping. Carnivores produce their own vitamin C, whereas herbivores obtain it from their diet. Thus, humans have characteristics of herbivores, not carnivores.”
Mmm, it appears that physiologically, we humans aren't necessarily designed to eat meat.
I pictured a vegan diet to be a narrow range of boring food. With an eye roll and a shake of my head – there was no way I could enjoy vegan food! Generally a huge pile of salad, right?
Well, of all the myths, this was the one that was furthest from the truth! I was bewildered to discover an infinite number of mouth-watering, delicious, deeply satisfying, flavoursome, colourful, healthy, fuelling meals to enjoy on a Vegan diet. In fact, many vegans enjoy the biggest most passionate love affair with food!
What do Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Lea Michele, Casey Affleck, Ellie Goulding, Moby, Ariana Grande, Tobey Maguire, Pamela Anderson, Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Ellen Page, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ruby Rose, Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone, Prince, Jenna Dewan, Jason Mraz, Carrie Underwood and Joaquin Phoenix have in common?
Yup, you guessed it! They eat plant based diets.
The ranks of vege celebrities are rapidly swelling, as the awareness of the health benefits is spreading and the lifestyle is becoming more mainstream.
How do we transition to a plant-based vegan diet?
How do we cook these delicious, mouth-watering wholesome vegan meals?
What ingredients do we need to buy?
Where do we get the ingredients?
This process of change can seem daunting, overwhelming. I know it was for me. It took me time and effort to figure out what to eat, where to get it, how to cook it and all the other questions that can arise when considering this change.
And for this reason, I have created a “How To” guided program which summarises the simple steps we need to take in order to start living a vegan lifestyle; making the transition easy, stress-free, fun and interesting! Consider it as having your own Personal Vegan Guide.
If you would like to find out exactly how to transition to this healthy and increasingly popular lifestyle, please watch our FREE 3-part video series on Plant-Based Nutrition.
The medical and/or nutritional information on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek medical advice before using diet to treat disease.