Living a Plant Based Lifestyle

I have learned how to heal my body by living maintaining a plant based lifestyle – but it wasn’t easy. My journey has included many doctor’s visits, independent research, and consulting with experts to find out what’s best for my body. So, I am consolidating my journey into bite-sized pieces of information for you.

This free guide, Immune Boost and Plant Based Diets, outlines the many different types of plant based diets, tips for mindful eating, which vitamins and nutrients can help heal your gut and boost your immune system, as well as resources (blogs, podcasts and articles) highlighting the benefits of a plant based diet.

Examples of Plant Based Diets

  • Semi-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.
  • Paleo a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products, and processed foods and sugar.

Ketotarian diet is a plant-based version of the low carb, high fat keto diet.

The majority of the recipes found at Nourish Cafe & Market, in my cookbooks, and on this website are all plant based -from raw food recipes to vegan, and even Paleo and Whole30.

Tips for Starting a Plant Based Diet

  • Eat lots of vegetables. Fill at least half your plate with vegetables at every meal. Make sure you include plenty of colors in choosing your vegetables. Enjoy vegetables as a snack with hummus, salsa, or guacamole.
  • Eat Organic whenever possible. The product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. 
  • Change the way you think about meat. Have smaller amounts. If you have meat on a meal, have it only be 25% the amount of the food you eat. 
  • Choose good fats. Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and avocados are particularly healthy choices.
  • Cook a vegetarian or vegan meal at least 7 meals a week. Build these meals around legumes, whole grains, and vegetables.
  • Avoid Processed Sugar. Sugar is known for feeding disease when processed or eaten in excess. Healthier alternatives include maple, honey, agave, coconut sugar, date sugar, and monk fruit granules. 

Documentaries on plant-based living

The following documentaries focus on the diet and health impact of adopting a plant based/vegan diet. While I do not agree with every perspective in these documentaries, they provide good information on living a plant based lifestyle.

  • Heal (2017)
  • The Game Changers (2019)
  • Forks Over Knives (2011)
  • What the Health (2017)
  • Vegucated (2011)
  • Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
  • Vegan: Everyday Stories (2016)
  • H.O.P.E.: What You Eat Matters (2016)
  • Eating You Alive (2016)
  • The Invisible Vegan (2019)
  • Diet Fiction (2019)
  • Food Choices (2016)