Plant Based Diet for Health
We’re giving the Paleo Diet the boot! We’re not about setting (or following) trends or marketing a diet with a catchy name to drive sales or strive for fame and glory. We keep it real. And what’s real is the fact that a plant based diet has been shown to reduce the risk of developing serious illness including diabetes. As a matter of fact, a plant based diet has been shown to actually REVERSE diabetes.
Studies have compared various populations around the world, and those whose diets were mainly focused on plant-derived foods were less likely to develop diabetes. That means eating rice, noodles, vegetables, and beans … yes, beans, to all you Paleo followers out there. It suggests that even if you adhere to a “hunter-gatherer” diet, meaty and fattier diets cause the body to be more prone to insulin resistance, which is a pre-diabetic state. Clinical research studies show that adopting a low-fat, plant-derived diet improves insulin sensitivity, helps with weight loss, and reduces blood sugar and cholesterol.
A low-fat, plant-derived diet means it’s very low in saturated fat, especially that which is found in meats, dairy products, and tropical oils like coconut, palm, and palm kernel oil. The first step in approaching this lifestyle is to avoid animal-derived products, which will, in itself, eliminate all animal fats. Yes, it will also eliminate animal protein, but there’s an answer for that. We do not need animal-derived protein, as it accelerates kidney damage in those who have already lost some kidney function, plus it increases the loss of calcium from the body, which can accelerate the risk of osteoporosis. Plant sources of protein do not present these problems.
Although vegetable oils are often thought of as being healthier than animal fats, they are just as high in calories and best avoided. For the healthiest diet, you will want to keep oils to a minimum (which is why we love Green Pans to cook with … they are toxin-free and make cooking without oils a breeze).
The basic steps are these:
- Avoid animal products and adopt a vegan diet
- Avoid added vegetable oils
- Aim for low glycemic foods (avoid the white stuff, like sugar!)
- Aim for volume: load up on low-calorie foods to satiate the appetite, such as soups, salads, and foods cooked in water
- Focus on 4 “new” food groups: grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits
This is not a low-carb diet. In fact, it is high in complex carbs. Carbs are not the enemy — high-fat foods are! Why? Fat gets in cells and prevents insulin from working properly. By adopting a plant-based diet, people have been able to get off their meds and reverse their diabetes. Illnesses such as diabetes are not expressed simply because you may have a genetic predisposition to them. It all comes down to daily food choices. By replacing nutrient-poor foods with highly nutritious ones, the body will respond positively. It will thank you! You know what else will thank you? Animals and the environment!
A plant-based diet has also shown to reverse autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus, as Brooke Goldner, MD has discussed in her book about her own journey with illness and food.
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