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My name is Lupita Ronquillo, a certified Holistic Nutrition writer. Subscribe to us today and learn to live a healthier life with a plant-based diet and a regular yoga practice!
I started this blog to share with others that its EASY being vegan and contrary to what most believe, you CAN get enough nutrients on a plant based diet. In fact, its very likely you’ll get more than what your getting now, plus you’ll be CLEANSING your body at the same time! So what are you waiting for?? Most people I talk to make so many excuses telling me otherwise and try to justify the food they eat. The truth is, most people know it would help them but think it wouldn’t be easy. Let me just tell you, its not that hard!
Studying holistic nutrition has made me better aware of the dangers of eating animal foods (meat, cheese, eggs, dairy, etc.) especially considering how animals today are raised and farmed not to mention treated under so called modern “advancements.” Meat eaters keep eating meat because they don’t see the torture these animals are subjected to! But the truth is, we not only don’t need it, meat is actually unhealthy for us. The research has been done and it has been proven, a plant-based diet is the healthiest. Unfortunately, because the internet is saturated with junk science, confusion, and even harmful information, finding the right answers about diet can seem like a maze. The good news is, transitioning from a typical SAD (standard American diet) or traditional vegetarian diet to embrace a cleaner way of eating isn’t difficult at all. So stay with me here to learn just how to eat a plant based diet and to stay informed with the right information towards better health.
Holistic Nutrition Today we are literally bombarded with so much confusing and contradictory “nutritionist advice” through television, the internet, nutritionist books, and even our own government! There are countless experts advising us on how and what we should eat yet none of them are on the same page! Some health experts are even being paid to wrongfully tell us junk food is ok!
I’m studying holistic nutrition not to become the typical nutritionist or dietician, but to clear up the confusion for myself, for my family, and for others as a vegan consultant. Its also worth the investment since diabetes runs in our family. My husband admitted he was a type 2 diabetic 3 months after we were married. It was a rude awakening and got me concerned because of the increased risk for my son. Studying holistic nutrition also provides me the right tools and resources to think for myself and to “narrow the road.” Its nice to be able to filter through the confusing advice found online once and for all!
I once thought veganism was an extreme way of eating and that my vegetarian ways were the healthiest. But a plant based diet isn’t extreme at all and is a lot more healthier. Today we have so much more studies proving this then ever before. The evidence shows our health is directly linked to the way we eat and drink and that eating more plants could be the SOLUTION for anyone. If you want to prevent, treat, and reverse your health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity, plant based food is the way. Some of the biggest epidemics in this country such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are linked to the food choices we make on a daily basis. Food has changed in the last 50 years and its pretty obvious that it just isn’t real anymore. Most grocery store items are isles of packaged and processed food offering “flavor like” options in the name of convenience. People want the “apple” flavor but not the apple itself. These convenience foods have become the staple in the American diet and the “road block” to eradicating preventable health problems. Isn’t it time we just take control and take back our health?!
I can’t completely change or control what my husband or anyone eats but I can at least show others how easy it is to live plant based. What I can control is how my kid eats. If I teach him to eat healthy now early in life, he could establish good habits for life. Since the age of 1, he’s loved green juices and smoothies and today can eat beans and broccoli by the bowl. My son never eats meat of any kind but I don’t worry because I know he’s getting his protein from healthier sources. At doctor visits, he’s categorized as being in the 95th percentile, meaning he’s growing better than most kids his age!
The Plant Based Movement
Veganism is the future. Trends on Google show more people worldwide are now searching for information related to a plant based life style. This growing “trend” indicates people are starting to finally care about what they eat and realizing the importance of getting more plants in their diet. It has created a shift in what people are buying too. In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a wider variety of vegan products now available in local stores. Ten years ago, unfortified rice and soy milk were the only kinds of vegan milk you could find, but now we can choose from coconut, almond, quinoa, cashew, hemp, and oat! People are buying a lot less meat and poultry too.
But one of the biggest missing puzzles are changes in the health care system emphasizing more plants and less pills. Of all the doctors I’ve seen in my life, not one has ever asked about my diet and lifestyle! Doctors are just not required to learn enough about nutrition and quite frankly, its insane and scary! Instead of understanding how phytonutrients can work in healing us from disease, they remain ignorant or call it out as “quakery” and continue to push their money making drugs causing more harm. But in the midst of this growing plant based movement, things are finally starting to change where it counts:
- The ENRICH Act was introduced (Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare) to grant funding for medical schools to finally teach doctors about nutrition. More than 94% of doctors confirmed they would like to use nutrition but admit not knowing how.
- The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine presented new plant based guidelines to be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, which are the diet recommendations for Americans, federal food and nutrition policies, and education initiatives. But since they are only updated every 5 years, (3 would be better!) we shouldn’t wait nor fully rely upon what these guidelines will advise because they will likely always include meat and dairy. Unfortunately, big business such as the meat and dairy industry will continue to influence government policy and our food choices.
So as you can see, change is only “trickling” into educating doctors and the public. We need to act NOW. We can’t afford to wait for our government to tell us what is best so it is up to us to make healthier changes for ourselves and our families.
Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer