I was inspired by a recent comment on Facebook to explore ways in which a simple plant-based diet has evolved into a significant worldwide movement. While at it's core, a person's decision to adopt a plant-based diet is a personal one, and requires personal decisions to stick to daily despite temptations to waver - it has managed to become a shared experience for people who like the sense of community.
Going into the office can provide a number of temptations. Some days your boss might bring in donuts or other sugary snacks, or you might even get stuck trying to figure out how not to seem "weird" at a pizza party. We know it's all meant to be good-natured and fun, but it can be a real challenge for those trying to get their health under control.
If the food that is available doesn't seem like it would be compliant with your diet, it is sometimes best to come prepared. Below are 12 easy snacks that are McDougall Diet compliant - courtesy of the McDougall Friend's Facebook group.
I find it fascinating how a plant-based diet can influence people around the world in different ways.
Late last year, I began chatting with Katie Simmons, "Chicago's Best Personal Chef," after stumbling across one of her excellent vegan recipes online and getting to know just by reading up on her background on her website - Plants-Rule.
Her story is a powerful one that has the ability to promote change - if you need some inspiration to make diet and lifestyle changes, seeing her own transition, loss of 50 pounds, and reclaiming her health is truly great. The "journey," as you will see, even comes with some scale not unlike the Lord of the Rings!
But, the story does not stop there.
Let us face the facts - changing your diet can be tough. Just like moving across country to a new, foreign city, can cause some anxiety and pose challenges - both expected and unexpected - changing to a plant-based diet can be as equally frustrating.
Fortunately, much like the analogy of someone moving across country, we have to keep in mind all of the positives that come from such a move - expanded horizons, potential for better jobs, ability to experience new things, and the ability to feel like you are making the best out of your life (just to name a few). Adopting a plant-based diet provides similar results - you can experiment with new foods, expand your taste pallet, and reap positive nutritional benefits that impact your body and mind for years to come.
Sometimes in all of the excitement to share what the plant-based diet is all about with others, we can forget how difficult it can be at times to make this change. Much of this is personal as I only recently (in the past few years) have been adhering to a plant-based diet - for the majority of my life, the "Standard American Diet" was par for the course.
I am not sure where the old saying comes from, but I know it holds a lot of truth.
Sometimes, we can feel very desperate in life. Situations can be out of our control – in extreme situations the desperation can be the result of feeling like you are literally facing a life or death situation – as could often be experienced by soldiers at war. For your average person, these life or death situations will not be so extreme – rather, life can feel like it is being taken away from you as a result of some chronic illnesses – both diagnosed and undiagnosed.
If you have spent any amount of time researching the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet and lifestyle, you have probably come face-to-face with an abundance of recipe guides catering to every niche of the plant-based lifestyle. Not to mention, thousands of free recipes available online. Plant-Smart Living even provides both a recipe guide and free recipes online as well.
But, being so exposed to recipes constantly in this lifestyle can have adverse effects too.
Plant-Smart Living's Farmer Fred Detwiler was interviewed by the Plant-Based Cyclist for episode #4 of his YouTube series Health Rebels. This is a great little series worth checking out if you want some plant-based lifestyle success stories that are different than just what you read in fragments through other media outlets.
In order to grow larger muscles, it is important to have protein in our diets. Bodybuilders tend to load up on large quantities of protein, sometimes far more than the human body can really even handle. But even non-athletes have started to pay close attention to the amount of protein in their diets, because it is said to influence a range of things from emotional mood swings to providing strength to lift boxes at work. While there is no denying that protein is important, it is often over-emphasized as the solution to many of life’s woes. The reality is that protein is just a part of a larger diet – and without other nutrients being optimized, protein can’t save you.