There are many benefits to eating more plant food since they are rich in vegetables, fruit, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and spices. Eating more vegetables is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Plant based diets also play a very big role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and by reducing consumption of animal products, we can help the environment in many ways. According to reports, the livestock industry produces more greenhouse gases than global transport and uses way too much water to be sustainable.
The growing demand for meat and dairy is of great concern for our planet and us as a species. We understand that not everybody wants to become a vegetarian but even the slightest of efforts can make a difference. Just reducing our consumption by a little bit can make an impact.
Cooking delicious food at home from plants isn’t as difficult as it is made out to be. People can be intimidated with ingredients that they aren’t familiar with but it’s just a matter of getting used to them. Plants and vegetables are bursting with flavour and nutrients. And in order to enhance the nutrients it is essential that heat be used precisely. Heating oils too much or deep frying food can really change the composition of the food you cook and instead of being healthy it can become the exact opposite. A lot of nutrients are heat sensitive – some will disappear with too much heat and some good quality oils will become bad upon heating.
It’s also better to let your imagination loose and let your tastebuds take control. There will be a period of trial and error but in the end your health will be the winner. When we take time to prepare meals from scratch instead of eating store bought/pre-cooked food, we have more control over what ingredients we use and avoid highly processed and refined foods. Eating healthy is as much about taking time out to enjoy the process of making a meal and spending time with people important to us as it is about what we put in our bodies.
Our body is an intelligent system. It sends signals to us and if we pay attention to it, we can understand exactly what works and what doesn’t work for it. Eating fast-food is very gratifying for the moment, but give it an hour and you will feel sluggish and not attentive. That is the body’s way of telling you that the food isn’t good for it.
Here’s to eating mindfully. Bon appètit!