There are three key reasons to incorporate a whole foods plant-based diet into your life. It has been scientifically shown as the best diet for a strong immune system and optimal health. Additionally, it is the number one way to have a positive impact on climate change. Eating a plant-based is also an act of compassion and respect toward all living creatures. These are all great motivations to adopt this lifestyle.
Some of the top plant-based experts that you may want to discover are:
- Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, M.D.
- Neal Barnard M.D., F.A.C.C.
- John McDougall, M.D.
- Dean Ornish, M.D.
- Dr. Pam Popper, M.D.
- Michael Greger, M.D.
- Michael Klaper, M.D.
- Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
- Brenda Davis, Registered Dietitian
These clinicians have examined and conducted peer-reviewed scientifc studies for decades and found that one set of lifestyle changes, which includes a whole food plant-based diet, stress relief, exercise, and social support, leads to beneficial changes in: heart disease, cancer, telomere strengthening, angiogenesis balancing, type two diabetes, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol reduction, and weight loss.
Humankind has a responsibility to the planet and future generations to reduce our actions that toxically impact or exploit the environment. Climate change has been called the world’s greatest challenge and the Earth’s gravest environmental threat. According to the United Nations (U.N.) report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, climate change is having an impact on every continent, affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems, water supplies, and even people’s livelihoods. Many conscientious people are trying to help combat climate change by driving more fuel-efficient cars and using energy-saving light bulbs, but these measures simply are not enough. If you are serious about protecting the environment, the most important thing that you can do is stop eating animal products, mainly: meat, eggs, and dairy products.
There are many studies that show that the factory farming industry produces as much air pollution as the energy and petroleum industries. The exploitation of farming animals contributes to climate change, owing to feeding massive amounts of grain and water to animals and then killing them and processing, transporting, and storing their flesh in extremely energy-intensive environments. For thousands of years the world’s forest acted And forests—which absorb greenhouse gases—are cut down in order to supply pastureland and grow crops for farmed animals. Finally, the animals themselves and all the manure that they produce release even more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
Remember the horrible fires in Australia in which the world lost 1.5 billion animals? The amount of land animals killed for food worldwide is 50 million animals per day. In addition to death, the pain and fear that these animals experience is something to consider. One key tenet of yoga is ahimsa (non-harming). Factory farming, and even organic farming practices, causes much fear, pain, and harm to animals.
Nearly all the animals raised for food in America today spend their lives on factory farms. These animals, who feel pain and fear just as the dogs and cats who share our homes do, are separated from their families and crammed into filthy warehouses. The amount of torture that these animals experience in these factory farms is unconscionable. One YouTube video that delves deeply into this topic but does so without too many graphic images is Toward Rational Authentic Food Choices by Melanie Joy. I highly recommend watching this video, so that you can explore a bit more about the ethics and logic of eating meat.
I would love to help you transition to a whole food plant-based diet! I am super passionate about cooking and eating these delicious foods and teaching others to do the same.
A whole food plant-based diet can be so delicious. Here are some of my favorite recipe sites: