Healthy Nutrition Eating A Modern Plant-Based Basic Diet

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In the shadow of the “Standard American Diet”, the “modern vegetarian diet” has emerged. Although considerably healthier than the SAD, the “modern vegetarian diet” isn’t without its shortcomings. Mostly built on complex carbohydrates such as breads and pasta and fortified with processed soy products and laboratory created multi vitamins and minerals, the “modern vegetarian diet” lacks several health-promoting elements.

Interestingly, the “modern vegetarian diet” lacks vegetables, what ideally it should be built on.

When I first made the transition to a plant-based diet at the age of 15, I ran into several problems. As I learned more, and began to understand the subtleties of a plant-based diet, what mine lacked revealed itself.

Complete protein: Vital for muscle regeneration and hormone production, a lack of dietary protein quickly leads to a lack of optimal health. This is was one of my problems when I first adopted the diet in 1990. However, these days the chance of vegetarians lacking protein is slim. Due to a flood of soy and gluten-based products such as imitation hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks and even bacon, options are plentiful. Unfortunately, the availability of these products have lead to another concern. Soy and gluten sensitivities are becoming prevalent, simply because so many of our foods contain more soy and gluten than the body can handle. Resulting in mild flu-like symptoms, fatigue, reduced sleep quality and sometimes even irritability, an over abundance of soy and gluten in the diet should be avoided. I opt for as many raw sources of protein as I can. Hemp is an excellent choice. I also like sprouted legumes, seeds and pseudo grains such as amaranth, quinoa buckwheat and wild rice.

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The second is omega 3 fatty acid. Imperative, Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid, meaning that it must be obtained in diet — the body cannot manufacture it. A dietary absence can lead to a reduced ability to burn body fat and fuel, therefore causing it to accumulate. Healthy, shiny skin is in part a product of sufficient dietary Omega 3. Without it, dry scaly skin inevitably develops. Those who don’t eat a plant-based diet generally get their omega 3 from fish. However, my sources include flax seeds, Salba (a form of white chia) and to a lesser degree, walnuts.

Greens. Believe it or not, but the modern vegetarian lacks greens in his diet. Filling up on low nutrient foods such as refined grains and soy burgers leaves little room for vitamin and mineral rich greens. Vitamins and minerals that a wide assortment of green supply are in a more assimilatable form than those found in a laboratory created milt tablets. While some don’t realize it, but B vitamins are responsible for converting carbohydrate into usable energy. Without an adequate supply of them, carbohydrate would simply be stored as fat, and fatigue would be the result. Since greens are highly alkaline forming, a diet rich in them does not need a calcium supplement.

Bottom line: all the nutrition that’s needed for optimal health and performance can be obtained by eating the right plant-based whole foods.

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  • Paula

    I am a little confused by the term \pseudo-grains\. What role does grains like rye, barley, whole wheat, spelt, kamut play in the thrive diet?

  • Anthony Strome

    Great article, I am interested in moving to a better vegetarian/vegan diet and i am planning to buy this book. Very interesting.

  • Stefan

    Is there any possibility of getting the recipes for those delicious looking items in the photos?

  • G Monkie

    Yes, both of these recipes are in GreenChefs. I think the dessert is coming soon.

  • Julian

    Dark leafy greens have more protein per calorie than meat. And although whole grains are certainly more nutritious than refined grain products, they don't come close to legumes when it comes to levels of protein, fiber and micronutrients. A healthy diet is one that emphasizes dark leafy greens and non-starchy veggies, fruits, and legumes, with smaller amounts of whole grains, starchy veggies, nuts, avocados, and seeds.

  • Max

    How is the wild rice sprouted? Are the instructions in one of your books?

  • kevin

    The one thing I haven't seen talked about or maybe i missed it was GMO'S and the impact it is having on our fruits and veggies. I feel it is important to mention this because if people change their lifestyle of eating and want to eat healthy and consume more fruits and vegatables they need to know that if they eat GMO'S as opposed to organics and natural then there chances of cancer and other diseaes has increased drastically. I would like to know if you Brendan are a supporter of Non GMO'S( Monsanto) and what you are doing to educate the public on this very important topic

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