I’ve gotten so many questions asking me why or what made me go vegan and/or why I eat the way I do.
For four and half years, I have been meat and dairy-free (vegetarian). I would still have eggs and fish ( aka a pescatarian) occasionally till about last year. Occasionally, I mean like 1-2 times a month).
I would still eat tons of fruits, vegetables and fats. I felt the best when I ate this way.
What made eat this way was the amount of research I did. I educated myself everyday and wanted to share some of my favourite information that made me eat the way I do!
I don’t like using the term “Vegan” because it’s too overused and has a different meaning to everyone.
Should you go VEGAN? Do your research and experiment! Be your own guinea pig!
You are your own body. You know how you feel when you eat certain things. If you feel crapy after a certain meal you ate, be aware of it. And be aware when you eat a meal, and have tons of energy. Note this things down. Your body isn’t stupid. Your body gives you signals/symptoms to how you treat it. It’s that simple. Don’t overcomplicate a “diet”.
I wanted to share with you some Information that inspired me and got me thinking to how I eat and treat my body. If you are unsure if you want to go vegan/plant-based, or are unsure of what the heck you are to eat with so many fad diets out there, check these links out and do your own research! Doing your own research is crucial to the start of something new.
Some of my Favourite Books
- The China Study :revised and expanded edition: the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss, and long-term healthy By: T. Colin Campbell
- The Plant Paradox : The hidden dangers in “healthy” foods that cause disease and weight gain By: Dr. Steven R. Gundry. M.D
- How Not to Die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease By: Michael Greger M.D.
- 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing your health, your weight, and your life one luscious bite at a time By: Douglas N. Graham
- Mucusless Diet :Here is a link to the Mucusless Diet foods http://www.mucusfreelife.com/list-of-mucusless-foods/ // Here is a good video by Professor Spira on transitioning foods on Mucusless Diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57DuxhUDCjM
- Prof. Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System: Annotated, Revised, and Edited by Prof. Spira: By Arnold Ehret
- Mucusless-Diet Healing System: Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health By: Arnold Ehret
- Medical Medium: Secrets behind chronic and mystery illness and how to finally heal By: Anthony William
- Medical Medium: Save yourself and the ones you love with the hidden healing powers of fruits and vegetables By: Another William
- Medical Medium: Thyroid Healing: The truth behind Hashimotos, graves, insomnia, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules and epstein-barr By: Another Willam
People to Look Up:
- Dr. Robert Morse
- Dr. Steven Gundry
- Dr. Douglas Graham
- Dr. Arnold Ehret
- Dan McDonald ( Life Regenerator)
Dr. Eric Berg
Suggestions for a clean diet: Please do your own research too!
Remove irritating foods:
- Alcohol: very toxic, especially to the liver. It is very dehydrating to the body and the lymphatic system.
- Dairy: is very mucus forming (mucus is the body’s way of excreting toxins and bad parasites) Have you ever ate ice cream and felt very mucusy in the throat? Wonder why?
- Wheat: gluten in the wheat really congests the digestive tract (gluten is like glue, it sticks to the gut causing congestion) try to get gluten- free options
- Coffee: kills the good bacteria + constipating (as it dehydrates your body, removing water from the stool making it harder to release) + coffee over-stimulates your adrenals and nervous system ( making them weaker overtime)
- Now if you like coffee, like I do, try to drink at least 3 cups before your coffee intake to hydrate and have a glass of water after your intake of coffee. Try to drink Organic Coffee (less acidic)!
Add WHOLE FOODS (list below from best to worst foods for digestion)
- Raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (limit your intake of nuts and seeds as they are difficult to digest, try soaking for at least 6 hours and rinse well to remove the enzymes, and it is very hard on your kidneys especially if you are doing HCLF (high carb, low fat (80/10/10) which usually Vegans are).
- Cooked vegetables. Root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, etc. (steaming is the best way to cook your vegetables, try not to boil, if you do use the water as vegetable broth when you cook). For root vegetables, baking is best, limit oils.
- Cooked seeds (quinoa, millet, buckwheat and wild rice) soaking wild rice is amazing and to top for salads.
- Cooked grains and legumes (limit these as they are acid-forming, hard to digest (lots of lecithins) and hard on kidneys) To enjoy grains please pressure cook them to remove majority of the lecithins. Your digestion will be at peak. Fun Fact: the brand Edens Chickpeas are pressure cooked, if you need quicker meals on the go.
A more High Carb Lifestyle…
A more of a High Fat Lifestyle…
What I learned…