No Meat, Dairy or Wheat: Is a Plant Based Diet Healthy?

Posted Jan 27th, 2017 in Blog, Owning Your Choices

No Meat, Dairy or Wheat: Is a Plant Based Diet Healthy?

Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, FOODMAP;

There are so many choices and people want to be informed.

I'm finding that doctors shy away from giving nutritional advice,

And many of the trainers that you find online aren't actually certified in giving away sound nutritional advice.

As an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, here's my take!

Many people have been shying away from meat recently due to personal values or choice,

As well as dairy and wheat because we know it's one of the most common inflammatory foods.

Bloating, gas, joint pain, mental fogginess, sluggishness, acne;

Many people really do experience this awfulness after they eat meat, dairy and wheat,

But I find if the avoidance of these foods aren't done properly, it can lead to bigger problems.

First, I see vegan/vegetarians who become carb-o-holics and live on beans, rice, quinoa, bread, fruit and well..french fries.

Or I see people simply not getting enough calcium and vitamin D to strengthen their bones or build muscle.

Most of us want to build lean sexy muscle, have our clothing fit looser, have enough energy to sustain the day, and build a sturdy frame as we age,

But we lack the knowledge of how to get there.

We think that bone loss, and a slowed metabolism only happens when we are "old."

But all it takes is a split second to trip and a sprained ankle becomes a broken ankle.

And if we are carrying around extra inflammation and weight, the wear and tear on our joints even increases.

So what does one do when they want to start eating with plant based power?

My Macros, Muscles and Mindfulness Program gives YOU an individualized plan, but here are some general suggestions of what to eat:

Protein:

  • Vega Sport (It's got 10 more grams of protein than Vega or Vega and greens)
  • Vegan Shakeology (protein, pre and probiotics, fruits, veggies, and super foods built in)
  • Tempeh and Tofu (High in Calcium and Vitamin D)

Fats:

  • Avocado (High in Vitamin K)
  • Walnuts and Chia and Hemp Seeds (High in Omega 3)
  • Pumpkin Seeds (High in Magnesium)

Carbs:

  • Kale (High in Vitamin K)
  • Collards and Mushrooms (High in Calcium and Vitamin D)
  • Nutritional yeast (High in Vitamin B12)
  • Sweet Potato (high in potassium).

A balanced meal should have protein, carb, and fat with every serving.

Ex: Tofu, Sweet Potato, and Avocado or Vegan Shakeology with Walnuts.

Regardless of our beliefs and choices, we all need proper bone and muscle health.

Use this knowledge to fuel your body right!

And if you need help, I'm here!

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