I like pure, simple, and great-tasting meals that are largely plant-based. When I eat this way I feel the best. I feel lighter, lose weight (when and if I want to), my elimination system works its best, and I am better able to handle stress. However one thing that is critical for me–to stick with the plant-based diet and actually turn it into a lifestyle–is how quickly I can make a meal.
I am often pressed for time. Editing videos for Live Fit Films and reporting on unique stories for Live Fit Magazine doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to cook. Thankfully, the plant-based diet doesn’t require a lot of cooking to eat well. I take pure, simple ingredients and creatively combine them for a healthy meal or snack. I often will showcase fresh dishes that come from stores like Whole Foods, Jimbo’s (San Diego), Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and other alternative-style grocery stores. The idea is to offer you simple ways to eat healthy and mostly plant-based. If you can do this, you’re more likely to stick with the plant-based diet lifestyle.
When you regularly eat foods that are rich in nutrients and are mostly plant-based, you find that your body is less likely to crave processed foods that have empty calories and will weigh you down.
Here are a few quick facts about plant-based eating:
- Plant-based eating allows you to give up counting calories and still stay lean and trim. A mostly plant-based diet is rich in nutrient-dense food that tastes good and fills you up. The fiber in plant-based foods causes them to calorically dilute–the result, you feel satisfied, even though you have consumed fewer calories than if you had eaten high-calorie fatty foods. These unhealthy foods require more to make you feel full.
- The most comprehensive diet study, The China Study, states that: The effect of dietary protein is so powerful that changing the levels consumed effectively turns cancer growth on or off.
- Plant-based foods provide you with a healthy dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- When eating a healthy plant-based diet, common plant foods fully meet our calcium, iron and protein needs.
- Most people consume too much protein.
- Tunafish (I use the cranberry tunafish from Whole Foods…for total plant-based, skip this and layer with more veggies or tofu)
- Half a bagel
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Trader Joe’s)
- Organic arugula
- White onion
- Garlic sesame seeds (Eden Organic – Garlic Gomasio)
- Cilantro and basil are also excellent with this sandwich
- Toast the bagel
- Spread on the hummus
- Layer the other ingredients
- Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on top