Healthy Living With A Plant Based Diet
The name of this game is getting healthy, and I have gotten healthy eating a plant based diet. I use the word game because everywhere we turn, there are just so many obstacles to getting healthy and staying healthy.
My reason for adopting a plant based diet was solely based on maximizing my health, but it turns out that a plant based diet is also good for the environment and it is good for factory farm raised animals that are raised under horrible and cruel conditions.
Life Before A Plant Based Diet
Before I adopted a plant based diet I gradually removed meat from my diet and I was content just eating fish, and I never thought I would adopt a plant based diet. I gradually removed meat from my diet over a twenty year period and I have to say that my body benefited from it.
I stopped eating pork when I was thirteen, and I stopped eating beef when I was sixteen. In both cases my energy increased and I became less sluggish. I stopped getting migraine headaches when I stopped eating beef. This was around thirty years ago when I started this journey. The term “plant based diet” hadn’t been coined yet and I don’t even think vegan was a well known term. I stopped eating poultry ten to fifteen years after I stopped eating beef and I was then what I considered to be a vegetarian.
At this point I did not eat seafood and I only ate fish, which I didn’t consider to be meat at the time. I also ate dairy, mostly in the form of cheese which I had only my daily pizza. I didn’t have anything to compare feeling good to except for when I ate pork, beef, and chicken, so I thought I felt good and couldn’t feel any better.
At this time I knew about the plant based diet, though that wasn’t the term used for the diet. The term was vegan and the term wasn’t popular at that time, which was around fifteen years ago. The furthest thing from my mind was to become a vegan. I didn’t think there would be any need to do such a thing.
The Plant Based Diet
Enter the plant based diet. It came from out of no where. As I said, I had not intentions becoming a vegan. I was like many people and thought about how I could survive on a vegan diet, and I loved eating fish way to much! At the time I ran into some information about the benefits of the plant based diet, and since I had been fighting a lingering cold during that winter I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give the plant based diet a try.
I was directed to some information about an herbalist named Dr. Sebi who promoted a alkaline diet which consisted of a plant based diet. They are many diets out there and one popular approach to the plant based diet is the “Engine 2 Diet“.
I particularly liked Dr. Sebi’s nutritional guide because it is a plant based diet aimed towards alkalizing the body and healing. Dr. Sebi also used natural alkaline herbs along with the alkaline foods in his nutritional guide to heal and reverse disease.
Dr. Sebi’s basic premise is that an acidic and mucus laden environment supports and promotes disease. Dr. Sebi had been practicing herbalism and promoting an alkaline plant based diet and this premise since the 1980′s, and as far I could see he was a major part of the foundation of the plant based diet movement.
The Plant Based Diet And My Health
After researching Dr. Sebi and his method I decided to give the plant based diet a try. At that point I would do anything to get rid of the lingering cold I had.
I started the alkaline diet and I cleansed my organs with herbs. After a week my cold was gone. I did three month deep herbal cleanse, along with the plant based diet I still maintain, and I haven’t been sick in over a year and a half. I didn’t even get sick last year during the winter, a time where I expected to get sick.
The plant based diet has increased my energy, removed my sluggishness, cleared my mind, and it supports my very active lifestyle which includes boxing, cycling, kickboxing, power walking, and running. I do all of this and I am a forty five year old vegan.
Plant Based Diet: Nutritional Guide
The foods on the plant-based diet/food list work in a synergistic way with the body’s energy to alkalize and heal the body. These foods provide the best environment for the healing herbs to deeply clean the liver, kidneys, colon, small intestine, and blood.
Switching to a plant based diet is the quickest way to healthy living. I do understand the difficulty in making the transition cold turkey, as my own transition was gradual. You can still reap the benefits and healing power of a plant based diet by incorporating more plant based foods into your diet. You can still have a healthy diet that consists of 80% alkaline foods that include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and natural alkaline grains, and 20% acidic foods that include meat.
It is best to eat organic grass fed meat, because the animals are raised in a less toxic environment, which means you would be taking less toxins into your body. It is best to stay away from dairy products because the same factory raised cows pass on their antibiotics and toxins to the dairy products. Reap the healing power of a plant based diet today.
Plenty Of Foods To Eat On A Plant Based Diet
Three are plenty of foods to eat on a plant based diet, but some foods are also better than foods. We have been conditioned not eat the natural wholefoods life has provided for us, and these foods work best to support and heal our bodies.
There are hundreds of wonderful tasting recipes that are vegan or vegetarian based. We need to incorporate more of these plant based foods back into our diets to support our healthy living. You can find a more encompassing list in this alkaline diet nutritional guide.
Plant-Based Diet/Food List
Vegetables are mineral and vitamin dense foods that support our organ health:
- Bell Peppers
- Mustard greens
- Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori)
- String beans
Fruits are carbohydrate dense foods that supply us with energy:
- Soft Jelly Coconuts
Legumes, nuts, and seeds are protein and healthy fatty acid dense foods that support our brain, muscle, and skin function:
- Garbanzo Beans
- Sesame Seeds
Try a plant based diet or simply eat more plant based foods to support your healthy living.