It’s pretty simple.
When we decided to go plant-based, it made sense. But it took a few tries of other food philosophies to get there. A year previously we’d tried a stint of raw vegan, then fruitarian. If you’re new to those, raw vegan is -well- all uncooked plants+seeds+nuts+grains. Fruitarian is where you just eat fruit. Gobs and gobs and gobs of fresh fruit. Period.
After trying those out (boy howdy, does it make your bowel movements fabulous and non-stinky) and finding it not sustainable -at the moment. Who knows, we may go back to that eventually or for periods- we deferred to our high-protien, low-carb diets for awhile. Bring on the animals, leave the bread and potatoes.
But….after some digging, plant based sure made sense. Being steeped in “gotta get yer PROTEIN, Man!” culture, it was a shock that -in fact- we don’t need animal products or protein supplements. Nope. There are plenty of folks who hash out the details of cell regeneration, amino acids, blah-dee-blah far better than myself, but what it boils down to is:
Animals get their protein from plants. Do cows need to “eat their protein” to build muscle and be healthy? Nope. They were made to eat plants and get all the nutrients they need from them. When compared to other carnivores, we humans are actually meant to be herbivores. From our digestive tract to our taste buds, to our sensitivity to color to our teeth, we were made to eat plants, not animals or animal products. What other creature goes and milks another species for nourishment? It’s nonsensical. And it’s harmful to our overall health.
For more in-depth info about our need for protein and how plants more than adequately meet those needs, and the immense health benefits of being plant-based, here are some great resources:
So, it’s been nearly a year that we’ve been plant based. What’s it like?
Well, I don’t crave meat. And that’s a little crazy after eating it for 35 years.
My energy is great. With all the hype around protein, you’d think I’d be light-headed and blown over by a strong gust of wind. But I’m not, and I don’t.
It makes gaining fat hard. How about that?! When you’re staying away from refined oils, highly processed foods and refined/processed sugars while eating a cornucopia of plants+seeds+nuts, you don’t have to worry about weight gain. It’s when I start making exceptions and begin eating calorie-dense instead of nutrient-dense foods when I feel a difference in my waistline.
Read up on some of those links above. The science and research behind plant-based whole-foods diets is astounding, frankly it’s earth shattering. Why aren’t we hearing about it in popular culture?
Money. There’s just too much money to be made by over-feeding people, over-medicating them, and over-selling them on how to get skinny and well while stuck in the cycle.
It’s about what we don’t put into our bodies. Because there’s no super pill, no wonder drug, no 3-minute-abs. It’s not about adding, but subtracting from what we’re currently doing.