Let's talk Plant-Based Eating
What is the hype and should I care?Health Matters Food & Drink
You may have heard the buzz about a ‘Plant-Based Diet’ or Plant-Based Eating. Have you wondered what all the hype is, and if you should care? Whether you are completely content with your current diet or have a real desire to eat healthier food, Plant-based eating is worthy of your consideration.
We all know there’s something terribly wrong with the overall health of our nation. Cancer rates, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and so many other conditions are rampant. You very likely know someone with a serious health issue or even have one yourself. What is going on here? Sure, we know genetics play a small part in it, but it is an undeniable fact that what we consume has an enormous impact on our health.
Research tells us that consuming a diet heavy in animal proteins & processed foods, and light in plant proteins will increase your risk of developing many chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, breast cancer; The list goes on! Your food choices can harm you or heal you. Now consider plants! Green foods supply essential fatty acids, amino acids, and trace minerals that are critical for life and optimal function. They contain an abundance of powerful phytonutrients & trace minerals. Cruciferous veggies such as kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and broccoli contain isothiocyanates & sulforaphane which are some of the world’s most impressive cancer-fighting nutrients! Most holistic cancer treatments utilize the healing benefits of plants: Consuming large quantities of vegetables and fruits, by juicing, to flood the body with incredible super nutrients. Food is medicine!
A Plant-Based Diet can mean different things to different people. What it boils down to is adding more plant-based proteins into your diet and reducing animal products and denatured foods (anything that comes in a box!) It’s not just adding more salads for dinner but incorporating a wide variety of nutrient-dense plant food into your life: Nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, beans, legumes and whole grains. These are foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber & protein.
Plant-based eating is how we started life; After all, Adam & Eve were vegetarians. There is such an abundance of nutrients in food that grows from the ground and our bodies are starving for it! What makes good food? Good soil! Eating organic matters.
The commonly used herbicide Roundup has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen,” and the insecticide chlorpyrifos has been associated with developmental delays in infants. Studies have also suggested that pesticide residues—at levels commonly found in the urine of kids in the U.S.—may contribute to ADHD prevalence; they’ve also been linked to reduced sperm quality in men. http://time.com/4871915/health-benefits-organic-food/
Organic is more expensive, but keep in mind that it is better to at least add conventionally grown veggies & fruits to your diet then none at all! If possible, choose organic for the foods you will eat very frequently, and try to avoid eating conventionally grown foods on the dirty dozen list. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php
Shop your Farmer’s Market! You can find a wide variety of affordable, organically grown produce. Just ask the farmer about their growing practices. Join a CSA (community supported agriculture). Cloudview EcoFarms and Big Sage Organics are two local organic farms that offer this service! Last but not least is the wonderful option of growing your own foods! No yard? Container gardening yields a remarkable amount of food in a small space.
It’s so good for you to get your hands in dirt! Come in to Settler’s and pick up some Irish Eyes Organic Seeds and plant some HEALTH!
written by Danette Preston, Operation Manager Settlers Country Market