Adopting a plant-based diet is definitely a process
and an evolution! In
my experience, the most important part of doing it successfully is making sure
your body has enough protein, calcium, and iron. We don’t need meat or dairy to
be healthy, but we do need these nutrients.
I like to
drink a protein shake every morning. You can get the protein powders
from most grocery stores, but be careful to ensure that all the ingredients are
plant based. It is a great opportunity to eat fruit as well, especially for
kids. You can mix the protein shake with mangoes, bananas, strawberries,
blueberries, apple juice, raspberries, blackberries, and add a handful of
almonds for calcium!
recommend juicing every day if you can. You can add almost anything, like
cucumbers, carrots, celery, beats, oranges, apples, kale and lemons. It is a
great way to get vitamins into your body and it can give you an energy boost as
broccoli are fantastic sources of calcium and we make sure to eat them several
times a week! You can lightly steam the broccoli and add salt and pepper, eat
it with your favorite dressing or try it raw!
greens, such as kale, collard greens, chard, spinach, and beets are all great
sources of iron! You can lightly steam them for about 5 minutes, add salt and
pepper and you are ready to enjoy!
To ensure the
proper amount of B vitamins, Omega 3 and 6, calcium, protein and iron I take different
kinds of algae, which boosts my immune system, helps rid my body of toxins and
helps me gain mental clarity and focus. There are a lot of great companies that
sell a multitude of great products.
Here are some
that I use for myself, my family and animals. They all have different
products to choose from and I use products from all of them.
Sun Chlorella: Contact Nathan
at (800) 829-2828 ext 2604 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Jodi at (888) 800-7070 ext 109 or email her at Jodi@e3live.com
Simplexity Health (this is where I get my protein
shake): Contact Simplexity at 800-800-1300 and give account number 361-929.
Make sure to ask for a DROP SHIP ORDER or your shipment will come to us!
The way I
like to shop is to go to the store and read labels. When you find something
plant based that looks interesting, take it home and try it! If you like it,
eat it, if you don’t, try again. Pretty soon you will have a kitchen full of
vegan things that you love to eat, that taste good and that are good for you,
and it will be easy!
I have been
vegetarian since I was eleven and have now been vegan for 15 years. I have
raised three children vegan, my husband is vegan and they are so healthy and
strong. My kids have been taking algae their whole lives. A plant-based diet is
easy when you set your body up for success!
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- Becoming Vegan: The Complete
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- Diet for a New America by John Robbins
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M Campbell II
- Living Vegan for Dummies by Alexandra Jamieson
- Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra
Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
- Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth
About Cow’s Milk and Your Health
by Joseph Keon
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- Vegan Lunch Box: 130
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