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plant based Jul 19, 2019

I don’t know about you but, as the years fly by, I become more and more aware of the reality of how fast disease rates are climbing and how many people are being affected, either personally or someone close to them. 

I mean, somehow we are the most sophisticated nation with the most resources and yet - we are the unhealthiest. How in the world is that even possible? It should be just the opposite, don’t you think?

Well, I won’t go down that rabbit trail but, we do live in a pretty hectic society that prioritizes convenience, immediate gratification, and hustle. Unfortunately, what that’s gotten us in terms of how we treat our bodies and how we approach our nutrition, is fat and sick. Neither of which I want to be associated with if I have a say in the matter.

And I bet you don’t either. 

But, man it is confusing out there, isn’t it?! I mean one day you’re oblivious to coconut oil. Then it’s the miracle food so, you eat it for years. Then someone said it’s basically poison and if you ever eat it again it will for sure kill you. 

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So let’s just clear up the confusion and go based on science and research paired with common sense! And that’s what I’m here to help you do!  

After a century of eating mostly processed, calorie-dense, high sugar, low nutrient foods, surviving on little sleep and are always stressed out -  we have seen a crazy rise in chronic disease rates and the correlation between this number and diet/lifestyle is totally clear. 

Fortunately, however, there is a growing body of evidence showing that we are far more in control of our health than we may think. 

The research is clear - eating a primarily plant-based, whole food diet is the key to preventing (and even reversing some) disease and improving the quality of your life. Big time. 

Did you know - the higher the percentage of a diet that comes from whole-plant foods, the lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, many cancers, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases? 

So, if you want to look and feel your best, the plant-based diet is the way to go. 

Now, I’m not saying that eating a plant-based diet is a guaranteed prescription for perfect health but, what I am saying is that the research (and history) is clear that eating a diet that is primarily plant-based hands down, has the best track record. 

So what is a plant-based diet?

Basically, it means that you eat primarily eat foods of plant origin. Simple enough, right? There are a few nuances, so lemme break it down for you.

  • A whole-food, plant-based diet: a diet of foods of plant origin that exist in their whole form. Think fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, beans, and legumes.

  • Vegan: This is someone who eats exclusively plants and excludes ALL animal products. Honey, gelatin, meat, dairy, eggs, and butter. They will also exclude wearing clothing or items made from animal products. Leather, silk, wool, etc. and not use common products that contain animal products. Cosmetics, shampoos, household cleaners, etc.

  • Vegetarian: This is someone who eats mostly plants but will also eat eggs or dairy. There are many subpopulations of this like some may also consume fish.

  • Junk-food vegan: This is my term so you won’t find this one in a textbook but, this is someone who doesn’t eat animal products but will eat processed “technically vegan” foods like Oreos or certain candies or lots of ‘mock meats’. Not to say these are bad, but they’re not going to get you the health or fat loss benefits of a primarily whole foods plant-based diet.

Ok so, where do I fall? 

Because my primary reason for eating a plant-based diet is overall health, feeling good, and staying lean, I don’t consider myself a vegan. But here’s my philosophy on foods and how I coach all of my clients in a round of the LeanStrong Method: 

“I choose the highest quality foods that are both going to contribute to good health as well as, stay lean. That means I eat a primarily whole foods plant-based diet but in the event that I don’t have access to that, I choose the highest quality, most nutrient-dense foods that also fit the optimal framework for fat loss.”

Basically, we are food snobs. If it’s not high-quality nutrition, we won’t eat it!

Now, that’s not to say I don’t also have an Oreo or some wine or veggie pizza with the kids once in a while because I absolutely do. I don’t ever claim to be ‘perfect’ nor do I encourage anyone else to be! I think it’s important to know when and what to be flexible on to live a life you love AND stay healthy, lean and happy. 

If you’re looking to go more plant-based, download my 10 Top Tips, foods to eat and not to eat below and 2 BONUS recipes.

 

Then let me know on Facebook, Instagram or comment on the blog what you’re doing to go plant-based, I’d love to hear about it! 

xo,

Niki 



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