Sunday, February 10, 2013
Go Directly to the Plants
My son shared a great video on YouTube with me yesterday, and I want to share one of the topics discussed in it...getting the nutrients we need.
The speaker started by explaining that the animals we eat are all vegetarians. They were created to eat plants. They eat the plants and supposedly, we get the nutrients through them and their byproducts. For example, we're told that we need to have milk from cows because that milk has the calcium we need for our bones. Also, we're told that we need omegas from fish. In addition, we're told we need protein from animals.
This is just utterly untrue. We don't need to go through an animal to get these needs met. In fact, we are taking an extra step, a dangerous one, by doing so. You see, animals and their byproducts have saturated fat and cholesterol that we do NOT need. They also have antibiotics and steroids given to them that end up in your system--stressing our bodies and immune systems. And sadly, animal products have ZERO, yes dietary ZERO dietary fiber. The answer is...go DIRECTLY to the plants.
You can get calcium from plants and absorb more than you can from dairy products. Much of the calcium in dairy products is added in as a supplement because three out of four cows are corn fed, and they don't even eat green plants (where the source of calcium is). You could just take a calcium supplement and be better off! Get calcium from almonds, kale, oatmeal, spinach, bok choy, figs, blackstrap molasses, and many other amazing plant-based foods.
Protein...let's dive into this one! Have you EVER heard of ANYONE with a protein deficiency? I haven't! The reason is we just don't need as much protein as we're told we do. We can get all the protein we need form vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes...without any saturated fat! Remember, even a skinless chicken breast has saturated fat in it. These fats cause heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, strokes, and more. An adult woman needs only about 22.5 grams of protein a day to function at full potential.
I'll tell you what we're not getting enough of...FIBER! BV (before vegan), I was never regular. Either I couldn't go to the bathroom or I couldn't stop. Being a teacher, this was an accident waiting to happen. Our intestines are very long (way longer than a carnivorous animal), and they are not meant to have meat in them. Plants go through long intestines without issue. You stay "regular" all the time. Remember, there is no dietary fiber in animals or animal products. BOO!
Finally, let's talk about those fabulous omegas. You don't need to get them from fish that have been bloated with metals and trash from our disgusting waters. Eat plant-based foods like walnuts, chia seeds, flax seed, hemp, black raspberries, kiwifruit, canola to get Omega 3. Be careful not to get too much Omega 6. http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/06/omega-6-fats-linked-to-increased-risk-of-heart-disease/
In a nutshell, you just need to go directly to the source for your nutritional needs...to plants. Bypass cholesterol, saturated fats, metals, antibiotics (not prescribed for you!), steroids, and other possible diseases passed on to you from sick animals.
Posted by MrsJ at 6:09 PM