A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products. I have been doing #meatlessmonday for 6 months in this year. Every Monday, I become a complete vegan. This is not because I try to be a vegan. I think consuming less animal proteins is great thing we can do for general health and environmental issue on the Mother Earth.
One of the primary advantages cited by the plant-based diet community is the acid-forming properties of meat and dairy products, compared to the relatively non-acidic, or “alkaline” forming whole plant-based foods. The logic is that an excessively acidic blood pH could result in inflammation, and thus impair recovery.
The reason for the increased acidity of a meat-based diet is that animal protein is rich in sulfur-containing amino acids that increase production and excretion of sulfuric acid during their metabolism. In TB12 method, Tom Brady suggest his high alcaline diet for better recovery. Many vegan and vegetarian diets include large amounts of juicing and blending, primarily due to the nutritional density and ease of digestion of a blended slurry of vegetables, fruits or nuts. Since these foods are easily digested and absorbed, they consume less energy to produce more energy, and this may allow for a healthier gastrointestinal state in the exercising athlete. Indeed, many athletes who switch to a plant-based diet feel an immediate surge in energy. I am one of them. However, it all depends on how much plant based diet followers are familiar with human nutrition and physiology. Plant based diet sometimes provide us with unhealthy states such as insulin spike and too much anti nutrients if know nothing about human nutrition and physiology.The most cited disadvantage of a vegan or vegetarian diet is the potential for deficits. Vegan and vegetarian diets can be beneficial for your health, but completely cutting animal products might make you question where you’re getting certain nutrients. Many people assume that getting enough protein on a plant-based diet will be a problem, however, I think protein intake won’t be a problem, but main problems would be lack of effort for other important nutrients, such as not eating a wide variety of colors in whole plant food, not eating enough calories when initiating a whole plant food lifestyle, not supplementing deficient nutrients such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Zinc, and not finding adequate sources of iodine, riboflavin, or omega-3 fatty acids.
If an athlete in aerobic sports is eating primarily pasta, bread, white rice, soy, processed meat substitutes, conventional, non-organic eggs and dairy, and drinking a high amount of fruit juice, not only could they be consuming excessive and unnecessary carbohydrate that they are not actually burning for their sport, but they may also be increasing risk for deficiencies in essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin D, iron, B-12 and minerals.
Here is what I do for my plant based lifestyle.
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin! Along with calcium, it plays an essential role in maintaining bone health. Vitamin D is easily obtained from sun exposure. But remember to limit your time in direct sun, it doesn’t take much to get your vitamin D. For those with less outdoor time, such as individuals living through winter in northern climates, supplementation is also available. Vitamin D comes in two forms, Vitamin D2 – ergocalciferol, and Vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol. The main difference between them is where they come from and how they are made.
Vitamin D2 is produced by plants, whereas Vitamin D3 is most commonly found in humans and animals. It’s the biologically active version of the vitamin, produced in our skin when exposed to sunlight.
Although you need both types, Vitamin D3 is considered as a higher quality source of vitamin D and more important to our wellbeing. However, because it is almost always found in animal products, it can be difficult for vegans to ensure they maintain adequate levels in their diets. I splash Onnit’s Vitamin D splay on my big bowl of salad for extra oiliness.
The easiest supplementation? You know it. Just go outside and get lots of sun light!
This particular vitamin is created by a bacteria and found primarily in animal products such as dairy, meat, insects, and eggs. However, many plant foods are fortified with B-12 (like nutritional yeast and some plant milks) and supplementing with a B-12 vitamin is a viable option.
Very low B-12 intakes can cause anemia and nervous system damage. The only reliable vegan sources of B-12 are foods fortified with B-12 (including some plant milks, some soy products and some breakfast cereals) and B-12 supplements. Vitamin B-12, whether in supplements, fortified foods, or animal products, comes from micro-organisms.
There are specific foods, including spirulina, nori, tempeh, and barley grass, as suitable non-animal sources of B-12. My favorite is nutritional yeast.
I put nutritional yeast on everything because love cheesy flavor, and it is a main ingredient for vegan cheese. If supplementation is your choice, you can inject B-12 or even smoke it too. Wow thats sounds awesome.
Zinc can be found in many beans, legumes, and whole grains. But it is important to note that phytic acid, which is one of anti nutrients mentioned above, found in these plants can hinder zinc absorption. However, by soaking or sprouting grains and beans before cooking, the phytic acid is reduced. It is tough for me to just say “eat oysters! Boston is the place to enjoy!” to vegan/vegetarian friends. Sources of zinc include beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, ground linseed, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, wholemeal bread and quinoa. Ensure that your daily diet contains plenty of zinc-rich foods.
Even though iron from plants is not as easily absorbed, eating a varied diet rich in whole plant foods should ensure iron. You can find iron in leafy green vegetables, whole grains, lentils, peas, and dried fruits. There are lots of factors that affect the amount of iron your body can absorb from your diet. The most important factor is your body’s need for iron: more is absorbed when your body is short of iron, and less is absorbed when your stores are full. Tea, coffee and some substances in plant foods may make it difficult for your body to absorb iron. On the other hand, vitamin C increases iron absorption. Good sources of vitamin C include pepper, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kiwifruit, oranges, strawberries, pineapple, and grapefruit.
If you love Japanese food, I don’t really worry about iodine intake because our soul food, wakame, kaisou, Nori, these seaweeds are great sauce, but make sure seaweed provide too much iodine. There is no easy way of knowing how much iodine is in plant foods. Plant foods may contain a low amount of iodine. The amount of iodine in a plant food varies depending on how much is in the soil the plant is grown in. Algae supplementation is great way to support iodine intake. Onnit has a great algae supplement. Spirulina is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It contains varying levels of iodine also. However, excess iodine is linked to thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism, which is when your thyroid produces too much hormone.
Eat like a GOAT
These main concerns above are points you keep in mind if you are interested in plant based diet.Eating more plants, especially veggies and fresh fruit, in place of things like processed meats and packaged products is said to be one of the most valuable things we can do for our health anyway. I am not saying you must study to be a vegan or vegetarian.
There are many different types of plant-based diets eaten around the world today, however most have in common limiting animal foods in favor of eating more fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, legumes and healthy fats. This is exactly same as traditional Japanese food culture.
Benefits of eating more plants, along with eating less meat, dairy products, packaged foods and sugary snacks, include protection against obesity, weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and metabolic syndrome. Therefore, switching modern convenience oriented dieters start naturally feeing good in my opinion.
Once again, everyone’s definition would be different. My thought for plant-based diets is different from vegan diets, and even vegetarian diets, because they often include some high-quality animal products eaten in moderate amounts. This is why I am particular about animal proteins, such as where they come from, and how they are raised.
Would you be interested in meatless Monday? I am with you.
- Mar 18, 2012 Linguine alle Vongole Bianco
- Mar 19, 2012 Linguine alle Vongole Rosso
- Mar 28, 2012 Luxury Seafood with Tomato Cream Pasta
- Mar 28, 2012 Squid and Sea Urchin with Lemon Pasta
- May 9, 2012 Risotto di Vongole e Fungi
- May 15, 2012 Carbonara
- May 20, 2012 Spring Vegetable with Cream sauce Pasta
- Jun 4, 2012 Homemade Sangria
- Jun 6, 2012 Spaghetti alla Puttanesca
- Jun 16, 2012 Bolognese with Eggplant
- Jun 16, 2012 Ragu alla Bolognese
- Jul 19, 2012 Lobster Pasta with Tomato Cream Pasta
- Jul 26, 2012 Black ink Pasta with Shrimp and Scallop
- Sep 6, 2012 Shrimp and Eggplant with Spicy tomato
- Sep 7, 2012 Lemon Garlic Pasta with Chicken, Red and Green
- Sep 12, 2012 Pulpo a la Gallega
- Sep 22, 2012 Pate de Fois
- Nov 11, 2012 Pumpkin Carbonara
- Feb 3, 2014 Choux farci au Saumon (Salmon stuffed Cabbage)
- May 8, 2014 Crystal Clear Ramen
- May 15, 2014 Beef achilles
- May 27, 2014 Summer Vegetables Curry
- Jun 9, 2014 Monkfish Risotto
- Jun 16, 2014 Caramelized Pork belly
- Aug 18, 2014 Duck is the best
- Sep 15, 2014 Duck Again!
- Oct 17, 2014 Atelierkitchen Zen
- Jan 14, 2016 Zucchini Pasta
- Jan 21, 2016 Galette for Cheat Meal
- Feb 9, 2016 Atelierkitchen Zen 3
- Feb 21, 2016 Ratatouille
- Feb 24, 2016 COTELETTES D'AGNEAU
- Mar 18, 2016 Detox Pasta
- Mar 27, 2016 Gluten Free Challenge 3
- Apr 14, 2016 Sauerkraut
- Apr 16, 2016 Potée
- Apr 21, 2016 Intermittent Fasting
- Apr 28, 2016 Spaghetti Squash
- May 6, 2016 Gluten Free Challenge 4
- May 22, 2016 Le Fromage de Tête
- Jul 1, 2016 Paleo Friendly Plate
- Jul 3, 2016 Meatless Meatball
- Jul 16, 2016 Opus One 2008
- Sep 20, 2016 Lapin Braisé à la Bière
- Oct 16, 2016 Gibier and Bordeaux
- Dec 9, 2016 Beaujolais nouveau & Venison