Plant vs Animal

Have you ever thought of going plant-based? 
Two of my favourite treats!
“Plant-Based” Buzz Word

Plant-based diets are no fad and there are a few reasons to make the switch: 

* It is more nutritious and can lower the risk of developing coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers.

* Better for the Earth (deforestation, pollution, loss of biodiversity and global warming)

* Animal welfare. (This is an entirely ethical point)
Do not be deterred!

4 Myths Busted 
💪 💪 Myth 1: Plant-based means going full vegan.

A plant-based diet isn’t all-or-nothing and doesn’t mean eliminating animal foods entirely, but simply changing the focus of your diet to plants.
 Diet varietySemi-vegetarian or flexitarian includes eggs, dairy foods, and occasionally meat, poultry, fish, and seafood. Pescatarian includes eggs, dairy foods, fish, and seafood, but no meat or poultry. Vegetarian (sometimes referred to as lacto-ovo vegetarian) includes eggs and dairy foods, but no meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Vegan includes no animal foods. Eating guidelines come in lots of shapes and sizes, and it’s important to choose the version that works best for YOU. Remember that health is a spectrum and experiment along that spectrum until you’ve found a point that supports and fits into your lifestyle. 

💪💪 Myth 2: It’s a hard switch to make.

Again, you really don’t need to go full-on. How about a “Meatless Monday” or “Fresh Food Friday” At first it takes a little bit of effort and experimentation to eat more plant-based foods but it’s really not as tough as you think.  It might take a little while to find your favourite plant-based recipes but once you work out how you like to season or spice or marinate those foods, just like you would with your steak and chicken, the preparation time is exactly the same, and sometimes way quicker! Be inspired by the internet and social media.

Here are a few links:
@Plantbasedproductsza – a lovely variety of products
@Herbivore_earthfoods – delicious products
@Veganproteinza – lovely variety of brands and products
@Frysfamily – the most convenient and readily available at most supermarkets
@Thebakingfairy – my favourite for baking inspiration  

💪💪💪Myth: You won’t get enough protein.

So, protein is made up of molecules called amino acids which are the building blocks of life, and there are nine amino acids that humans can only source from food. 
High-protein animal foods (meat, eggs, dairy) typically each contain all nine of these amino acids, whereas high-protein plant foods (grains, nuts, beans) don’t have the complete set. That’s long been interpreted to mean that plant protein is lower quality than animal protein but this is definitely NOT the case 👀 
If you’re eating a healthy mix of different plant-based food groups and getting sufficient kilojoules you’ll be fine ☺️ 

💪💪💪💪Myth: It doesn’t allow you to build muscle.

Your body uses plant proteins to build strong, lean muscle in the exact same way as it uses animal proteins.

Here is a ranked list of plant-based protein sources ….   

👆Did you know? Most of the population are lactose intolerant 🤔 Hope you enjoyed my myth busters!

Still not convinced – that’s OK 

Much love,

Nikki

Out With The Old…

 TIME TO SPRING CLEAN THE BODY… 

There are plenty of diets that claim to support the removal of toxins from the body but we all know the easiest and most cost-effective way is to just drink more water, sleep more, and get moving because our bodies are very cleverly designed to detox themselves naturally. Who knew!😁

Unfortunately, lifestyle and current diet habits make this a little more complicated. 

So here are some top tips 
👆 Eat foods high in sulphur such as onions, broccoli, and garlic. It helps get rid of heavy metals like cadmium. 

Try out chlorella, it’s a type of algae that has many nutritional benefits and may enhance the elimination of toxins. We are more familiar with Spirulina but Chlorella is slightly better in nutritional value.

You can find these products at Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature’s online store. 

Coriander (cilantro) enhances the excretion of certain toxins. (Did you know coriander belongs to the carrot family!) Support the production of glutathione. It is a MAJOR antioxidant produced by your body that is heavily involved in detoxification. Take a moment to familiarise yourself with how to increase glutathione 

Lastly! … Choosing natural cleaning products like vinegar and baking soda over regular cleaning stuff can reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals… Ready to part with your  Mr Muscle or Domestos or Jik? I DIDN’T THINK SO! but it’s food for thought ( FYI – This is a real struggle for me to let go of 😊)

 3 TOP TIPS
A dash of vinegar leaves pots sparkling clean (even helps remove the burn marks) – rinse the pot after 

Adding bicarbonate of soda to the kettle is a great way to clean it out. – boil the bi-carb 

Mix up 2 TBL spoons of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp spoon of bi-carb – once it’s finished foaming, add lukewarm water then drink it to clean out the gut. (Make sure you use the correct ACV – Organic “with the mother”



 
This is a good choice, also available at Dischem and Faithful to Nature online store.






 
Strengthen the Mind…
What happens with the body will be a natural side effect!


Next week we will be exploring some ideas as to how to spring clean the mind!


Start your health journey with me NOW 💪
 
 Hope this inspired you to “Spring” into action and get clean from the inside! 

Much love,

Nikki