Common questions on Plant based diets!
What are raw and plant based foods?
Peoples definitions vary, but in general, raw and living foods are foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains that have not been heated beyond 112 (some say 115) degrees are considered still living. Live and raw foods are mainly superior to cooked because when food is cooked it is denatured and the body identifies it as a foreign matter that needs to be attacked and cleaned out. Plus all cooked food loses many vital nutrients. But raw, living foods are full of nutrients that are easily assimilated by the body. Dead, processed and refined foods create the foundation for disease within the body. Plus dead food causes you to feel hungry as your body is sending you signals to eat more to satisfy its need for proper nutrients.
Where do you get your protein?
This is probably the most often asked questions to those who have chosen a plant strong diet. The common misconception is that eating protein creates protein in the body. The fact is that amino acids create protein in your body. A great source of amino acids is green leafy vegetables! Even if you did need sources of protein to get protein, it’s not only found in fruits and vegetables, but a great sources are nuts and seeds. Plant-based protein may not be as abundant as animal-based, but our bodies cannot properly assimilate animal protein as it can plant-based protein. Animal protein is difficult for us to digest because it creates a very acidic environment (which causes disease) but plant foods are alkaline. Our bodies therefore rob our bones of calcium in order to help break down the protein from animal sources. So, in essence, animal protein is not superior to plant-based protein!
Where do you get your calcium?
Once again, we have been told untruths when it comes to how much of a particular nutrient we need and the best source of it. You have been taught that milk is necessary to “Build Strong Bones”. However, consider this, we get our calcium from the cow milk…but where does SHE get calcium? In normal/natural situations, they get it from the grass that they eat! Although we’re not designed to eat grass, we can eat green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, kale, collards, etc. Plus, various nuts and seeds (especially sesame seeds) are very high in calcium!
Aren’t you bored eating fruits and veggies?
Eating plant based foods…is about adapting to eating the way nature intended…whole, fresh fruits and veggies. But we all know that for the vast majority, it would be difficult and near impossible to switch from a diet of eating cooked, processed, sugar-laden food to a strict diet of ONLY whole fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. That’s why below I discuss how to get started. Although, some very clever individuals have developed base ingredients coupled with spices, natural mineral-rich sea salt, and other natural condiments and created living foods recipes that often can mimic or come close to cooked meals, that is not necessary to start eating healthier! However, If you want to easy your way into plant strong food, you can have pizza, crackers, sprouted flat breads, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, ethnic foods, sushi and more! Just remember to substitute veggies for meat when ordering your pizza. So, is eating plant strong boring? No WAY!
Is eating raw more expensive than eating cooked food?
It really depends on your current method of eating cooked foods. If you’re accustomed to buying cheaper foods at discount markets, then in the beginning eating plant strong will seem more costly. But if you are one who purchases the best cuts of meat, name brand foods, or even large amounts of frozen dinners and such, then switching to healthy eating may not cost you more. Look at it this way; when you eat a diet HIGH in raw foods you will discover you may no longer need medications, doctor’s visits, and other things. Plus over time, you may find you eat much less once your body gets accustomed to eating healthy, your body is receiving the proper nutrients so you will not feel so hungry and you will eat less. So it’s your choice, you continue to eat like you have been or to change and begin to feel better. Isn’t your better health worth it?
How do I get started NOW?
One of the best ways for anyone to get started with healthier eating no matter what your current diet is, is to start each day with a smoothie! It’s easy, it’s quick, and after drinking these for a few weeks you’ll feel much better. They made it possible for me to transcend from a typical American diet to a plant strong way of eating. Now, before you turn up your nose, green smoothies aren’t greens and other veggies blended. Green smoothies are fruit smoothies blended with water or juice and greens. I normally use kale, baby spinach or collards. Plus, depending on the season, I’ll use the green tops from my other favorites such as Asian Turnips! My smoothies are delicious, but when first starting out, you may need to add a small amount of greens and then work your way up in quantity! However, the benefit is they are nutritious and energizing. Just drinking one or two green smoothies daily may result in some great health benefits for you! I know they did for me.