We are all starving, yet overfed #learntounlearn


Abstract

Being vegan is learning to unlearn. Veganism is more than just another fad, restrictive, or crash diet. It’s a way of living which seeks to exclude processed, chemical laden foods that have become staples in our modern diet.  The most obese children and adults are also the most nutritionally deficient! How can those two things possibly co-exist?

How can 21days2vegan help me?

This initiative is designed help you understand food, adequately nourish yourself, consciously eat, and learn about a whole food plant-based diet. Its aim is to bridge the gap between wanting to try the ‘vegan’ lifestyle and executing it properly with appropriate education and information.

A whole food plant-based approach to veganism introduces you to a grassroots way of nourishing your body. It teaches you to appreciate food for what it is, with important people in your life. Further, 21days2vegan focuses on making food, sharing knowledge and caring for everyone with proper nutrition.  

Why do I care though?

Efficient nourishment of oneself is critical to maintaining that busy lifestyle without the constant fatigue and lethargy that comes with age. This lifestyle is about filling your bodies with fuel, not just tastes. The saying, “what you put in is what you get out” has merit. Whatever you are consuming directly impacts how you will be feeling and performing.  Metaphorically speaking you wouldn’t put diesel in a petrol car, so why would you do the same with your own body? You wouldn’t. If you knew your car would run better putting a certain fuel into it then you would pick that fuel. The same goes for your body. Every mechanism and function in our body can be either helped or hindered by our diet.

Did you know?

Did you know 5,000 different chemicals are allowed into our foods today...#what?! Our grandparents would barely have considered a lot of the foods we eat to even be food when they were young. 

Processed foods have created a food industry that revolves around a monetary target whilst forgetting what food is. How many chemical, artificial ingredients and preservatives can be packed together to make something that resembles food before it becomes too much. Removing “fake foods” and replacing them with whole plant-based foods will leave you feeling lighter, full of real energy and remove that brain fog and constant fatigue that you’ve been putting up with.  

A comprehensive research review of 172 clinical studies published in the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition concluded that virtually all chronic diseases are partially caused by our modern diet of engineered foods. A whole food plant-based diet can help eliminate saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and toxic food additives, the many triggers of chronic illness.

The World Health Organisation in their Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health indicate that "healthy diets and physical activity are key to good nutrition and necessary for a long and healthy life. Eating nutrient dense foods and balancing energy intake with the necessary physical activity to maintain a healthy weight is essential at all stages of life. Unbalanced consumption of foods high in energy (sugar, starch and/or fat) and low in essential nutrients contributes to energy excess, overweight and obesity and chronic disease".

It is vital to understand our diet’s role in determining our health. Not only are processed foods higher in fat and lower in fibre, higher in calories and sugar and higher in salt but they fail to nourish, satiate and give sufficient extractable energy to humans. The use of the word food in these over-processed and fast food options is misleading according to my definition of what food is, as the consumption of them provide more negative consequences than positive benefits. 

Conclusion

The take home message is to cook, create, nourish and care for your inside self. The quality of foods you eat don’t just affect the way you look, they are also connected to how you feel, function and operate. It starts with how you fuel yourself if you’re seeking to unlock your true potential, both mentally and physically.

Nourish and nurture. Don't restrict, abuse and binge. You only get one body. Treat it wisely and lovingly. 

References:

  1. Ryssdal, K. (12 March 2013), retrieved 1 September 2019 from The Big Book: Processed Foods Make up 70 Percent of the U.S Diet, https://www.marketplace.org/2013/03/12/processed-foods-make-70-percent-us-diet/
  2. Willett WC, Koplan JP, Nugent R, et al. Prevention of Chronic Disease by Means of Diet and Lifestyle Changes. In: Jamison DT, Breman JG, Measham AR, et al., editors. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. 2nd edition. Washington (DC): The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank; 2006. Chapter 44.Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11795/ Co-published by Oxford University Press, New York.
  3. World Health Organisation Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, WHO Technical Report Series, No. 916 (TRS 916): https://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/publications/trs916/summary/en/