Plant Food Based Nutrition
What does being 'Plant Based' mean?
Plant food based nutrition is a way of eating which eliminates all animal products from the diet, including milk and eggs.
In-depth studies and research by acclaimed doctors such as Dr T Colin Campbell - author of the China Study, Dr Esselstyne - surgeon and author, Dr Dean Ornish - physician and researcher, Dr Neal Bernard - president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr Michael Greger - physician, author and founder of the non-profit nurtitionfacts.org and Dr Kim Williams - cardiologist and former President of the American College of Cardiology, have shown that there are immense health benefits to a plant food way of eating, which include preventing, treating and in some cases, even reversing many of our top diseases today, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and more. This is because most plant foods contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre, good fats and phytonutrients, which are easily utilised by the body. Eliminating animal products can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, aid better digestion, increase energy levels and general well-being.
Many people worry that going plant-based will be restrictive and not enjoyable, however this is far from the truth. Many staple, favourite recipes can be easily veganised and these days most well-known supermarkets, stores and restaurants carry very good vegan ranges and menus, it just takes a little time to plan and adjust in the beginning. Another worry is that it will be expensive, this can be the case if you choose only pre-made store options, however, a plant food diet can be very inexpensive if you choose fresh fruit and vegetables, leafy greens, beans, peas, lentils rice, potatoes and whole grain pasta. These foods also happen to be the most nutritious and healthy options too!
After much research over the last 5 years I recommend the following key sources of information should you wish to transition to a whole plant food way of eating.
21 Day Vegan Kickstart App by the Committee for Responsible Physicians (free) - information on the benefits of a plant based diet, recipes, meal plans and daily videos and tips to help you through the first few weeks. An exceptional resource featuring plant based Doctor Neal Bernard.
Dr Michael Greger - Nutritionfacts,org a non profit organisation producing videos and reports on any subject you can think of relating to a plant based diet, fully backed up by reports taken from esteemed medical journals. I also highly recommend his best selling book 'How Not To Die' which covers our top diseases and how a plant-based diet can help avoid and even reverse them, plus a handy app, Dr Greger's Daily Dozen which helps you easily check you are including a good variety of plant based foods.
Dr Gemma Newman, a U.K. based vegan GP, who has created a range of videos and short courses on raising vegan children, from pregnancy to early years. These online courses are simple yet highly informative and very good value at around £20 each.
The Vegan Society - a valuable source of information on all aspects of going vegan. Articles and info from their resident vegan nutritionist.
The above sources should be enough to start you on your Plant Based journey, but if you’d like a personal consultation, have any queries or concerns, you can book an appointment with me and I’d be more than happy to help. Please see under Services for further details.