Top 7 Reasons to Embrace a Plant-Based Diet & How To Do It
Over the course of the human experience, the benefits of eating a plant-based diet have been well proven.
It was the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, who first espoused, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"...and for good reason.
A plant-based diet comprising a variety of whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains contains every known nutritional component essential to human life and health.
It's important to realise that it's only due to academic indoctrination, agri-business interests (like the meat and dairy industry) and government agendas that the 'five food groups' and 'the food pyramid' have been promoted heavily for the past few generations.
If you go far enough back into history, you'll discover that many long-lived, disease-free cultures were completely vegetarian and thankfully, more and more people are waking up to the long-term health benefits and sustainability of this kind of lifestyle.
What is a whole food plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet typically consists of mainly:
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Beans, Lentils & Legumes
- Nuts & Seeds
- Whole Grains
Vegetarians avoid dead animals (meat) altogether, however, will still eat some animal-derived foods like organic dairy, eggs and raw honey, whilst Vegans do not consume any animal products whatsoever.
The choice is yours as to which lifestyle you choose, based on your own personal desires and belief-systems, but regardless of which path you choose, if you embrace a predominately plant-based diet rich in whole foods, you'll be doing the best possible thing for your overall health and vitality.
Always remember that plants speak 'sign-language', meaning they're like 'music to your cells'.
What I mean by that all whole plant foods specifically resemble some part of the human anatomy. In other words, mother nature provides them to us specifically as 'offerings' to our bodies.
Anciently, this phenomenon was referred to as the "Signum Natura" (in the latin), or "The Doctrine of Signatures" which meant 'a thing like unto itself is drawn'.
For example, Tomatoes and Capsicums look just like the heart, they have four chambers just like the heart, they're red like the heart...and science today proves that they're pure heart food, because they're rich in a nutritional 'heart-health' component called, Lycopene.
Plant-Based Diet Benefits
Thanks to its numerous benefits here are the top 7 reasons to embrace a plant-based diet...
1. Plant whole foods are designed for human beings
Wholefoods contain every known identifiable protein, fibre, vitamin, mineral and enzyme known to man, and what's more, they completely recognisable nutrients to your cells because they're 'living' foods.
Don't let anyone tell you that you need meat because you're deficient in something like IRON. It's complete BS!
You can get all of the Iron you need by eating an abundance of leafy greens, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds and your body will love you for it.
If you look at the strongest land animals on earth, you'll notice that they're all vegetarian (Elk, Moose, Elephants, Horses), even the Gorilla which has 98% of the same anatomical structure as human beings, is pound-for-pound the strongest animal and eats only fruit, leaves and seeds.
You'll also notice that Fruits and Vegetables comprise a variety of colours that resemble every colour of the rainbow - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
By embracing all of these colours of foods you'll add wonderful variety and taste to your diet and you'll be delivering the complete spectrum of nutrition (phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibres and enzymes), that your body needs to operate at its best...and help you avoid a host of discomforts and dis-eases.
Learn more in What Are Whole Foods? 7 Benefits Of A Whole Food Diet
2. What REALLY does nutrition mean?
The first three letters of the word, "nutrition", 'Nut' comes of the latin, 'Nux', meaning 'Light'.
The word nutrition literally means 'process of light'.
It means that your body truly identifies with the electric force of living plant foods, it's only due to academic indoctrination, that people no longer understand the origins of what 'nutrition' really means.
There are seven known ways of taking in light, and eating plants is one of them.
Plants "photo-synthesise" from sunlight, water and sodium in the soil to grow into what we know as fruits and vegetables.
When you embrace whole foods as an 'offering' to the 'temple' and they go through the digestive process, these nutrients become instantly recognisable by the cells as light or photo-electro messages that they can use.
Learn more in The Ancient Wisdom And Meaning Of "Diet"
3. Free your body of parasites
Parasites are nature’s clean-up crew for dead decaying fluidiums.
They form and thrive in an environment where there is gastro-intestinal overwhelm, usually due to an abundance of meat being consumed in the diet.
There is a natural, chemical process called 'cadaverine chemistry' that begins to take place the minute an animal dies, that allows it to break down and decompose back into the earth.
When you eat the body of a dead animal, that process begins to take place inside of you. So, if you're going to eat meat the key is to be wary of 'transit time' i.e. it must be eliminated from your intestinal tract within 72 hours, otherwise the 'rot and decay' (known as Cancer) will begin to form inside your body over time.
If you are going to eat meat of any kind (including chicken and fish), be sure that you're eating enough raw plant fibres, drinking enough water and walking regularly to support the elimination of meat residues from your body, which in turn will minimise the formation of parasites in the gut.
Allowed to manifest, intestinal parasites can lead to all kinds of dis-ease conditions that you may not relate back to a chaos going on within your body.
So, to learn more about intestinal parasites and what to do about it, read my recent blog on this topic, Parasites: How to get rid of intestinal worms & parasitic infestations
4. Animal rights, raw milk & free-range
I have always been 'vegetarian' and I've experimented with a 'vegan' lifestyle at various times throughout my life.
After years of observation and in dealing with sickly - even terminally ill people - I've come to the realisation that for many people, there are good reasons to embrace certain animal products, provided that they're free-range, organic and earth-friendly raised.
I’ve seen too many underdeveloped children that couldn’t even walk by age 4 – get up and walk after just two weeks on raw organic milk from lovingly treated animals.
I've also seen the impact that naturally fermented dairy e.g. yoghurt, cheese, kefir etc. can have on re-establishing gut health (good bacteria) for many an individual who had previously tried everything to heal gut-related illness.
To deny the life-giving and sustaining energy of 'grass', magically made 'white' by these amazing creatures, would be to deny an observable functional truth and wisdom that has been embraced for thousands of years.
The same goes for raw, organic honey. The healing powers of this wonder food cannot be denied.
And when it comes to eggs, I have watched terminally ill patients sent home to die, turn around their health, by including organic, free-range eggs into their diet.
The big problem is the unsustainable and needless slaughter of innocent animals that have been raised in factory farms.
Genetically modified feed, chemical growth hormones and inhumane treatment are the hallmarks of an out-of-control industry that is causing enormous harm, not only to the animals themselves, but the environment and the health of humanity.
If more people could stop eating factory animals, drinking factory milk and eating factory eggs, we could eliminate the animal agricultural industry, as billions of innocent beings would be spared miserable lives of suffering and pain.
You can still lead a vegetarian, plant-based lifestyle by embracing certain animal products like mentioned above - just know your source and only consume products that don’t support animal exploitation.
5. More sustainable and environmentally friendly
Not only is a plant-based diet better for you, it’s also better for the planet!
Whenever possible, the healthier way of eating means purchasing “Earth-friendly Grown” foods, since they not only promote your health but also the health of our planet from which the whole foods come.
At this point in time, more than half the world’s arable land is used for mass industrial animal agriculture, including the cultivation of crops to feed only livestock.
The growing of plants not only uses much less water but also has a much higher yield per hectare in terms of how much food can be produced. Some statistics claim that 100 times more water is required to produce a kilogram of animal protein compared to a kilogram of grain protein.
Plus, as we all know plants are an essential natural element in terms of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Unfortunately, huge deforestation is occurring around the world as developing countries start converting massive areas of native bush into grasslands and ‘mono-crops’ for animal agriculture.
Additionally, this raising of animals for meat in factory farms produces a huge amount of ammonia, the strongest form of nitrogen that not only pollutes the air and waterways but can also kill fish, cause algal blooms and contribute to smog in susceptible areas.
6. Feed your emotions
Emotional Molecules are just as real as protein molecules or calcium molecules.
So if an animal has led a stressful life and death, these energetic molecules will be passed on to you through their bodies if you eat them.
Plants contain emotional frequencies of light that stimulate health, happiness and joy inside your body, which can only promote healing, vitality and the avoidance of dis-ease.
A great way to experience and appreciate the full colour spectrum of plant foods, is to do what anciently they referred to as, "Walking the Rainbow Bridge". It's a process of going for 7 days on a different colour of foods each day as you track with the 7 colours of the rainbow.
If you want to try it for yourself, let me guide you through it with my FREE 7-Day RA-W Food Discovery Video Course & PDF Download.
7. Higher levels of consciousness
By embracing a plant-based whole food diet and the 7 Principles of Health, you'll experience a 'higher’ state of consciousness and sense of contribution to the planet.
It's also amazing how you'll feel and look as your physical body is cleared of toxic waste.
Your mind will be clearer and capable of interpreting and using downloads of information as you embrace the offerings from 'nature’s table' (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains), including the sacraments (fermented drinks like naturally brewed beer, wine and kombucha).
A plant-based diet is a choice that will allow you to live with a level of conscious awareness that will help you to experience greater physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
Common Objections to a Plant-Based Lifestyle
Apart from these 7 main benefits among many others, I also want to talk a bit about the main reasons most people don’t already embrace a whole food plant-based diet already and set the record straight on a lot of the BS that’s been propagated by the ‘Big Agra’ and the mainstream media…
The Protein Myth
Sadly most people still believe that you need to eat the flesh of dead animals to gain and maintain muscle in the human body - but that is total myth that has been promoted for generations by the meat industry.
If you look into the root etymology of the word "Protein", you'll see that it comes of the Greek 'proteos' which means 'first source'.
'First source' protein is that which can only be gained from eating plants, which contain the "building blocks" of what we typically refer to as protein (i.e. meat/muscle).
It's no coincidence that animals that instinctively and exclusively rely on 'first source' protein to survive, are among the strongest on the face of the earth, gaining their amino acids (building blocks of muscle) from plants to form their powerful physiques.
You can learn more about this in my blog, The Truth About Protein & Muscular System Foods
The fact is that almost all whole foods contain protein, but just to varying amounts. These ones here have some of the highest concentration of it:
- Beans, Lentils & Legumes
- Wild Rice
- Peanuts & Almonds
- Chia Seeds
The Vitamin Deficiency Myth
The idea of minimum or maximum amounts of any nutrient is utterly ridiculous!
We’ve been made to overestimate the importance of getting the right amounts of the right vitamins and minerals and underestimate the value of a balanced diet. This means a variety of wholesome whole foods.
A single spinach leaf has over 12,000 phytolytic nutritional components that we haven’t even named nor know anything about. Did you know most nutritional needs from food eaten float in the bloodstream for over a year and that they are pulled from as needed?
For instance, the liver can store up to two to five years of Vitamin A!
When we eat whole foods and we get into the sun more often, we get enough vitamins and minerals without having to look up the amounts that “nutritional experts” say we’re supposed to have.
Learn more in Are You Really Vitamin Or Mineral Deficient?
How to Start
A Process & Evolution
Like I mentioned in my blog, Self Care Mindset: How to get on a healthy path & stick to positive new habits, one of the keys is to take baby steps and to fully commit to start today!
The most important thing is to work out your own process or strategy for you to make this positive new healthy habit stick in a way which fits in to your lifestyle and is aligned with your values.
Take Baby Steps
Most people resist change and get scared of the concept of changing their whole diet at once or adhering to strict ‘rules’ about what you can and can’t eat.
The reality is that you'll have more chance of success if you just change one or two things incrementally over time.
Initiatives such as ‘Meat Free Monday’ or 'Fast for One Day a Week' work on this principle.
Do this consistently and pretty soon you'll want to add another day and another etc. which will make the transition to a plant-based diet much easier.
Experiment & Have Fun
Plant foods are also some of the world’s best tasting whole foods because there is such a variety and abundance of colour available.
Find and create recipes that do not overpower, but enhance, the unique flavour of each food.
Each recipe should provide a flavour adventure so you can discover new ways to experience and enjoy the great natural tastes of whole foods.
We are designed to experience pleasure in all we do and that includes, eating.
There is no 'joy' in swallowing pills and capsules for nutrition, apart from the fact that your cells can't even recognise them.
Be open to trying new types of foods and recipes that you haven't considered before and involve your children with meal preparation when you can.
When you eat out, look for vegetarian options which most restaurants offer these days and you'll pick up new ideas for you to apply to your plant-based cooking at home!
Plant-Based Meat Alternatives
These days although there are a plethora of meat replacements available with ‘mock meats’ and the like, you want to be careful you don’t become a ‘junk food vegan’.
Unfortunately, a lot of these meat replacement products, including hamburger patties, sausages and bacon, are heavily processed and contain chemical additives and preservatives.
The idea is to fill your diet with as many ‘unadulterated’ whole foods as possible as close to their natural state as possible. To enjoy a similar texture and taste to meat, try these healthy whole food substitutes:
- Chick Peas
- Kidney Beans
- Tofu (ensure it's non GMO)
- Tempeh - Made from fermented soybeans