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While doing some reading on Dr. John McDougall's website, I came across a list of 10 recommended dietary changes that can help to reduce cancer risk and reverse cancer in patients already feeling the effects. This is some seriously powerful stuff, and goes to show how a whole foods, plant-based diet can really have a positive impact on our bodies. In this specific case, reducing the risk of cancer (or effects of cancer) is powerful given how many of us have lost important people in our lives to the cancer battle. It is great to know that it is, for many, avoidable and treatable by changing our dietary core.
Having the right tools can make all the difference when it comes to your success or failure in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet for good. There is a perception by many that this is a difficult lifestyle to take on, and in some ways it can be if you are well adjusted to the easy (and lazy) ways of the Standard American Diet and lifestyle. Learning how to make the plant-based life a simple and pleasurable one will help you make the transition far easier.
What follows are a list of kitchen tools, appliances, aids, etc. that I frequently use to make meeting my dietary needs. These range from simple and sometimes obvious recommendations, to products that are more "out of the box" that I make work for me.
One of the most significant changes in the modern diet has been a relatively recent trend by companies to produce vegan milk substitutes. This is great for many reasons – whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or not at all. The simple ability to vary the taste of what you are consuming is great, and has likely led to some people simply exploring a vegan milk brand out of curiosity. A person may ask, “How does this taste compared to regular dairy milk?” While I have tasted some different varieties, and the taste can be distinctly different, I have come to enjoy the taste for what it is. Of course, for the vegans among us, you may be well aware of the negative effects of dairy milk, as well as the dairy industry which goes out of its way to lobby the government to promote its product. Social and environmental change starts with the purchases we make. If you have not moved away from dairy products, now is a great time to do so, especially given the many options that are becoming more and more readily available at your local supermarket.
Broccoli is an often ignored vegetable that is an excellent source of “whole” nutrients. Belonging to the cabbage family, its flowering head (also referred to as the florets or crown) is typically the part consumed as a part of our diet. While the crown is certainly tasty, did you know there is still a lot of benefit to be acquired by eating the rest of the broccoli plant? It’s possible you may not have even known that broccoli grows leaves, comparable to collard greens in many respects. The vegetables you buy at a local supermarket are generally stripped down to what is most easily sellable. With so many leafy greens already available (Romaine lettuce, kale, collard greens, and spinach just to name a few obvious ones), one can assume that broccoli leaves are often left off the shelf because of what we expect from broccoli in the store: that being just a short stalk and the flowering head. Today, I would like to dispel the notion that the rest of the broccoli plant can’t be consumed, and highly advise that you look to include this in your diet, and growing broccoli in your garden if you have the chance too!
Often in plant-based diets there is an assumption that not all nutrients can be found in the food we eat. As a result, we must need vegan supplements to, well, supplement our diets in order to acquire all of our nutrients for the day. While I don't disagree with using a vegan supplement as I don't think they are inherently harmful, I do like to live my own life as simply as possible. Because I strive for this simplicity, I like taking a step back often and consider the real value of the food I put into my mouth and stomach. In my mind, I view fruits and vegetables as a whole food means of supplementing my mind and body. Once you see how packed with nutritional value the staples in my plant-based diet, you may find it surprising that you hear so many discuss needing an extra boost from an additional vegan dietary supplement.
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