Talking about diets in terms of their macronutrient ratios is very popular. It’s also popular in scientific studies. I can’t tell you how many diet studies I read where they list the macro ratios of the diets in their methods, but tell you NOTHING about the type of food that made up those diets! Without that information these studies are worthless, because trust me — you can design diets of all different types of macro ratios that are healthy and unhealthy. Macro ratio is worthless! Focus on the QUALITY of those foods, and make your diet mostly plants!
Let’s talk about how to be a good vegan. The other night I was talking with a friend who is a manager at a restaurant. This place serves traditional French cuisine, so it is not particularly vegan friendly (think: butter in everything.)
Even given the constraints of a French menu, they have several vegan options and many who work there are vegan. Upon request they can accommodate a vegan with many delicious meals.
That wasn’t enough to stop one particular vegan from tearing into them with everything he had the other day. While dining with some friends, this vegan was hurt and offended that they couldn’t make him the precise meal he was looking for and weren’t “quote” sensitive to his dietary needs.
It sounded like the dude had a straight up temper tantrum, causing a scene, and writing a scathing review on the restaurant’s Facebook page demanding an apology.
Vegans — this is NOT the way to act.
Dietary advice these days is just too complicated. There’s literally thousands of different “miracle diets” online and in best-selling books. And the worst part is you can routinely find polar opposite advice being sold as the miracle answer.
Well, I’ve got my own miracle answer, but unlike the others out there, I’m not selling anything and my answer is super super simple. Like, really simple.
If you want to lose weight and get healthy just do this one thing:
Do you know how much salt you eat everyday? I didn’t. I also didn’t know how it was affecting my body. So I gave it up for one week. Here are the results.
Check out the American Heart Association recommendation on salt: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/About-Sodium-Salt_UCM_463416_Article.jsp#.Vry361MrJhE
I share the story of how I went vegan! And how I lost tons of weight in the process. Speaking of, that’s a great word — process. Going vegan is often not an “overnight” kind of thing! Most people who successfully transition to a vegan plant-based lifestyle do it gradually, over the course of several months or several years. Going vegan overnight can be great, but it can also be too much to take on at once. As you’ll see in my story, I took my sweet time. And while I wish I’d gone vegan wayyyy earlier, that’s not how life works.
So if you are thinking of going vegan here’s my one piece of advice for you: DO WHAT YOU CAN. Don’t worry about labels right away or going 100%. Just cut back where you can. It gets easier. I promise 😉
OUR VEGETARIAN BLOG “MEAT MEETS GREEN”: http://meatmeetsgreen.blogspot.com/
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SOURCE on 51% claim: https://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf