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Before I start this post, I just want to say that I hold no judgement whatsoever for anybody and their choice of diet. We can be sensitive about what we eat and each one of us has a different set of viewpoints. This post is my perspective having been plant based for many years. Also, I am not a doctor, or a dietician therefore will not give out any dietary advice. Phew, now that is out the way, let’s get into it!
I won’t lie. My motivation for going plant based began its life at an early age. From the moment I could walk and talk, I have adored animals. My belief is that they are sentient beings, no less or no more important than us humans. That is why you will never hear me refer to my girl Peaches (my pug) as my pet. She is much more than that to me. She is a unique individual with a life purpose and a conscience. She just happens to inhabit a different body and a different way of communication. She feels the same emotions as I do. Happy, sad, bored, restless… Ultimately, I believe we are all equal. So, one of my reasons for becoming plant based was definately animal welfare.
My mint wrapped tofu bites are a hit with family and friends❤
The other main motivational factor was my love of nature, especially trees. As mentioned in other posts, I read a great deal and recently read a book about the life of trees (which I will do a full review about soon) and their remarkable social systems. Our earth is abundant with life and the impact that factory farming has on our land, waterways, air quality and sustainability was a huge red flag for me. My convictions is what started me on this journey, but it is the many benefits that have kept me thriving on it. I will now share with you the most surprising biological side effect that I have experienced since becoming a vegan. Are you ready? Drum roll please…. 🥁
WAY, WAY, WAY MORE ENERGY! Okay so this must mean a lot of I have cap locked and bolded it. Yep, way more energy. Recently I discovered through (yes you guessed it a book)That the process of digestion takes a huge amount of energy from the human system. That’s of course why we feel so tired after a massive meal, hello Christmas…
Digestion really is a very energy intensive process the requires your body to draw energy away from other areas to metabolize food to fuel. Heavy concentrated foods are much more taxing on the digestive system, requiring a more complex process to break down. When I eliminated animal products from my diet, it seemed to lighten the workload for me, translating into much more energy in the bank. I also lost unwanted pounds and banished my problem with acid reflux. The film, Forks Over Knives, investigates real life stories of people reversing disease and accomplishing results on a plant-based diet. Even professional athletes are now recognizing the energy, strength and endurance benefits of a plant-based diet. Please note: This is my experience only and may not apply to other people who follow a plant based diet…
So, if you have every wondered how I find the energy to jump around in my video’s and why I use a bike as my main source of transport, there’s your answer. I eat whole food with minimal processing, and I don’t eat animal products of any sort. Going into this lifestyle did take a lot of planning and I am very conscious that all of my vitamin, mineral, carbohydrate, protein and fat requirements are being met. It’s not as simple as just deciding to cut a food group out of your diet one day. It needs to be achieved through planning and research and consulting a specialist, if need be. Whatever you eat, just remember your body is your home. It’s a remarkable feat of engineering with millions of years of evolution and wisdom on its side. Teaching our kids to respect and look after their bodies through proper nutrition and exercise and minimal treat food is one of the greatest gifts you can give to prepare them for life!
In closing, it is no secret that by the year 2030 the projection for world population growth is said to be at nearly 9 billion! Wow! Isn’t it wise then that sustainability be at the forefront of our minds, in whatever form that takes. Isn’t it wise to conserve water and energy just like our ancient ancestors did when food was scarce? What about The Amazon? Are we going to jepodize further the lungs of the planet? These questions are indeed becoming more prevelant and more necessary. For the sake of our children’s future, I sincerly hope we can work together to find and solution, after all we are pretty smart and resourceful human beans!
Below is a YouTube Video of my song Healthy Food Will Make You Smile, used as a resource in many schools around the world. Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list and my channel on YouTube. I am also on Spotify so don’t forget to stream and follow. Thanks for stopping by everybody and I’ll see you all again soon. Bye for now. Debbie Doo ⭐
I love picking wild food. My friend recently gave me a bag of her dried rose petal and lavender tea. 🥰
One of my favourite vegan dishes. Roasted Eggplant with Mint and Papaya😍
Fresh Mulberries straight from my friends tree. She grows all of her own fruits and veggies🍓Yum!