WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU GO PLANT BASED

The fountain of youth isn’t the myth that people think. It can be found in the healthy, clean eating of a plant-based diet! Your body says thank you!

You Protect Your Heart

In the early 1950’s, heart disease was once thought to be caused by aging; however, research is now clearly defining heart disease to be linked to diet and lifestyle through an abundance of irrefutable research. Research now shows, high cholesterol in persons with atherosclerosis is acquired by choices of the foods they consume. The INTERHEART study revealed that factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking accounted for over 90% of the risk of having a heart attack. This accounts for men and women of all ages from around the world.

  • The best way to avoid heart disease:
  • Avoid saturated fat (found in meat dairy & eggs)
  • Avoid Trans Fat (found mostly in processed junk foods & animal products)

The Intake of Cholesterol Itself (especially found in meat, dairy & eggs)

Did you know our bodies produce cholesterol on its own? Any animal products we consume adds cholesterol to the supply our bodies have already made for us. Over time, this additional cholesterol may lead to an increase in our bad cholesterol, “LDL” levels. Elevated LDL levels have also been shown to be due to a lack of fiber, found in whole plant foods. In general, all animal products seem to raise our risk of dying from America’s number 1 killer, while plant foods, greatly lower that risk.

You Have Less Inflammation & Bloating

Did you know your gut bacteria changes based upon the foods you consume on a daily basis? Intake of plant-based foods (especially fiber) from these foods greatly impacts our health. Meat and dairy contain no fiber and require different types of bacteria to break them down. Our good gut bacteria digestion of fiber yields a short chain fatty acid named butyrate, which research shows, may aid against cancer by slowing the progression of colon cancer cells & programming cancer cell death. Because plant-based diets lead to an increase in butyrate, we are now connecting the dots to why plant-based diets seem to lower inflammation in the gut. Another recent study concluded, butyrate seems to exert anti-inflammatory activities by affecting immune cell migration, adhesion, cytokine expression as well as affecting cellular processes such as proliferation, activation, and apoptosis. Let’s not forget, healthy colons and gut bacteria aid in speedy and efficient digestion, keeping bloating to a minimum!

You May Lose that Last 5–10 Pounds

Plant-based foods are less calorically dense than meat and dairy and are inherently lower in fat. Doctors such as Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, took the opportunity to collectively analyze all clinical research studies focusing on plant-based and vegetarian weight loss trials and found that plant-based diets lead to greater weight loss results, whether or not weight loss is intended. Participants lost an average of roughly 7.5 pounds when adopting a plant-based lifestyle. These findings were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Knowing what a plant-based diet can do for you, it’s time to get started!

 

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CHOCOLATE BANANA QUINOA COOKIES

Chocolate Banana Quinoa Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • ¾ of a spotty mashed banana
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup agave
  • 2 tablespoons softened coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup nondairy chocolate chips
  • ½ banana sliced into small pieces
  • Raisins or dried cranberries
Prep Time

10 min

Total Time

1 hr 10 min

DIRECTIONS

Grab a large mixing bowl and mix in dry ingredients. This will include the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, flour, raisins. Once everything is mixed well and smooth, set bowl aside.

Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl. This will include the agave, softened coconut oil and vanilla.

Combine both the wet and dry ingredients. Mix until smooth then add in chocolate chips and banana. Chill the batter in the fridge for 40 minutes. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Spray your baking pan with coconut oil and drop batter into small balls onto the pan leaving 1 inch in between each cookie.

Bake for 10–15 minutes.

Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes and Enjoy!

Chocolate Banana Quinoa Cookies

FIVE NATURAL FAT BURNERS YOU SHOULD ADD IN YOUR DIET

Clean out the junk in your trunk with these five natural fat burners! Burn it all off before the heat of the summer!

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper stimulates the metabolism and creates thermogenesis, meaning the generation of internal heat & caloric burn. This boosts fat burning and increases the amount of calories burned throughout the day. You may use cayenne pepper as a seasoning to your favorite steamed dishes for a delicious spicy kick to boost natural flavor. This pepper also increases the bioavailability of food, helping you to absorb more nutrients in your meal. Remember, you are not what you eat; you are what you absorb!

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is becoming popularized and noted in the holistic health community as one of the world’s top adaptogens, meaning it helps the body adapt to a healthier, balanced state. One of its most valuable properties is its ability to lower and stabilize cortisol, the body’s stress hormones. This helps to reduce insulin and even aids in the reduction of belly fat while improving sleep and dramatically diminishing junk food cravings. Can we get an amen?! High cortisol also raises DHA which is our “youthful” hormone, and by supplementing with ashwagandha, one may slow the aging process. The benefits don’t stop there! This supplement even stabilizes testosterone levels, helping to maintain lean muscle mass. If you want to look younger, stay lean, and feel younger, get some ashwagandha into your regimen!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is delicious and may be easily supplemented by adding it in smoothies, in your coconut or almond milks, oatmeal, cookie recipes, and more! This spice is known to balance insulin levels and keep blood sugar steady throughout the day helping to ensure the body is burning fat fast and efficiently. Adding cinnamon to your breakfast will not only help you feel fuller for longer, but it may also even kill off harmful fungus and bacteria in the body which helps maintain proper gut health and assimilation of nutrients.

Celery

Celery is a low-calorie food that is loaded with fiber! The calorically diluted food is even believed to be a “negative calorie” food, meaning some people say it takes the body more calories to digest and assimilate the nutrients and high fiber constituents of celery than the food actually provides. Though we can safely debunk the myth that celery is a negative calorie food, it is definitely low calorie. Celery provides the body with an abundance of potassium and healthy sodium, helping to regulate water weight and flush out bloating and fat due to its high vitamin and mineral content. Celery juice is used in many healing protocols and, when mixed with lemon, creates a delicious morning green juice!

Green Tea

Green tea leaves contain antioxidants known as catechins, some of which can burn fat. In order to burn fat, it must first be broken down in the fat cell and moved into the bloodstream. The active compounds in green tea may aid in this process by boosting the effects of some fat burning hormones. The master antioxidant in tea, EGCG, can help inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the hormone norepinephrine. When this enzyme is inhibited, the amount of norepinephrine is greatly elevated, signaling to our nervous system to break down fat cells.

In a nutshell, the fat blasting tea increases levels of hormones that tell fat cells to break down fat. This quickly releases fat into the bloodstream and makes it available as energy. Add a cup to your morning breakfast and burn fat first thing in the morning, while providing yourself a healthy dose of natural energy to jumpstart your day!