Vegan Diet

Why You Should Try a Plant-Based Diet

Do you want glowing skin and a healthy appearance?

Are you looking to reduce waistline or your chances of cancer, diabetes, or heart diseases?

Then a plant-based diet is the way to go!

Many people today are suffering from chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, and obesity.

Although you might not consider the last one to be a chronic disease, it has become one due to the frequency of its occurrence.

However, FAT is a common feature of most of the chronic diseases mentioned above.

Many of you might not know but former President Bill Clinton switched to plant-based eating after his quadruple bypass surgery (a whopper of a surgery!).

A steak and hamburger lover, Clinton chose the plant-based diet to lead a healthier life than before.

If that isn’t a stamp of approval than I don’t know what is?

Plant Based Diet Health Benefits:

Better Skin and Great Health with Plant-Based Diet!

Over historical times, scientists’ researches have shown that food choices that are based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds have been healthier than other ones.

This theory has a more solid platform than ever with people shifting to plant-based diet changes every day.

With the intake of plant-based foods, the incidence of disease has been lowering constantly.

This has helped bust a myth that says that meat-free diets are not nutritional enough.

When taken in adequate amounts, a plant-based lifestyle provides all the nutrients needed by a human body.

In a world where PROCESSED FOODS have literally taken over, plant-based foods are a breath of fresh air and aid a healthy life.

However, people are still largely dependent on processed foods.

This is because fast and convenience foods take less time and appeal more to the taste buds because of processed flavors.

Another argument that people give up is that plant-based foods are low in fat and protein.

If you go through the diversity of vegetables, you will find that avocados, olives, and nuts have an adequate amount of fat in them.

There is an entire discussion on the protein myth in Forks Over Knives and other numerous books and documentaries.

And does going plant based mean no meat and dairy?

Well that’s all up to you!!! We don’t tell you what to do here we just give you information and options.

We have everything from raw food style all the way back to eating those types of foods.

But just more moderately and in hopefully a cleaner way, maybe by going organic and knowing where your food comes from.

Now there are also other issues inside of us that may limit our success on such a change in lifestyle and that is mental sabotage.

I am in agreement with Dr. Dean Ornish and Jon Gabriel 100% when they speak of how emotions and stress can also be contributing factors to our imbalances in the body.

Whether its weight issues, heart disease, cancer or diabetes (these are not all of the things that can be corrected).

All of these diseases can be controlled with what we feed our bodies and our minds.

So we will be looking into those areas as well because the body and mind are connected and this could possibly be the missing link that is blocking one’s progress.

Why Vegetarians Can’t Switch to a Plant-Based Diet

Milk and dairy products are some of the top foods many people have a hard time giving up when transitioning to a plant-based diet.

Even though the plant-based milk industry is now booming, many people still do consume cheese, dairy milk, and butter.

READ: 13 Best Vegan Milk Alternatives To Dairy Milk

But is this a coincidence or is this simply a lack of willpower or a petty taste preference?

Is cheese pizza really something healthy and magical or is it addictive for so many individuals because of something else?

Can you get addicted to cheese (casomorphin)?

There’s been a lot of controversy over this matter and today I’m going to lead you through some of the research, theories, and viewpoints in the cheese addiction debate.

The most wholesome cow’s milk from organically raised bovines contains an opiate in the morphine family, called casomorphin.

Concentrated milk products (ice cream, cheese, and milk chocolate) contain concentrated quantities of these addictive narcotics.

This opiate is found in mammalian milk protein (casein), especially in the milk of a cow.

When your body digests casein, it gets broken down into fragments, and inside the gut one of the peptide fragments that’s formed is beta-casomorphin-7.

This also acts as a histamine releaser, which is also why so many people are allergic to dairy products (around 70 percent of the population worldwide).

The opiate-like casomorphins liberated from the cow’s milk protein, casein, are also accused of participating in the cause of other conditions including circulatory disorders, type I diabetes, food allergies, postpartum psychosis, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and autism.

According to a 1997 study by the Rudolf-Buchheim-Institut für Pharmakologie, Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Germany[1] :

These peptides obviously can be released from beta-casein in the neonate’s or in the adult’s organism, where they might elicit opioid effects in the frame of a regulatory role as “food hormones.”

Moreover, a 2006 research by the Unit for Nutrition Research, Landspitali University Hospital & Department of Food Science, Iceland established that lower consumption of A1 beta-casein might be related to the lower incidence of diabetes mellitus type 1 in Iceland than in Scandinavia. [2]

Additionally, it indicates that consumption in young childhood might be of more importance for the development of the disease incidence than consumption in adolescence.

Tips to cut dairy from your diet

When you crave cheese, remember yourself why you’re cutting out the dairy: to feel better, to look better, or to live better and more ethical (less abuse on the cows), than you do right now.

Here are some healthy options to buy instead of dairy products:

  • Almond milk
  • Soy milk
  • Almond-coconut milk
  • Oat milk
  • Flax milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Quinoa milk
  • Macadamia nut milk
  • Rice milk
  • Coconut milk.

Try vegan cheeses

The commercial vegan cheese market is taking off and these healthy products keep getting better and better.

In addition, you can also make your own.

Try this vegan cheese recipe.

What are your thoughts on the dairy addiction debate? 

If you’re a vegan, was giving up dairy products for a plant-based diet a tough challenge?

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