The Fuel of the Future
Let’s start by defining what a plant-based diet actually is: this means that at the very least, 80% of your diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, and anything else coming from Mother Earth. This idea may be new to many of us, as it is certainly not the typical all-American diet that many of us — even hailing from countries around the world — were raised on. But, hopefully, a plant-based way of life will be the undeniable new norm for future generations, as we become more educated on the harmful microbiome effects of processed foods and animal products.
There are quite a lot of conflicting studies on the effects of certain pesticides and ingredients used in genetically modified foods (GMOs), but not many people have yet to create any valid arguments claiming harm from foods that are processed solely by nature Herself (um, because there IS nothing harmful about them — they are our medicine).
It would certainly make sense to try and rethink our diets today, wherever possible, and the plant-based way of life is not one to be easily adapted to overnight, nor does it have to be an immediate all-or-nothing adaptation. However, small changed DO make all of the difference, and the more conscious you are of how your food is being prepared, and where it truly comes from, the more willing you will be go back to clean eating, time and time and time again. Get back to your roots (literally)!
You do not have to be a self-proclaimed vegan to adapt to this lifestyle — a plant-based diet can still contain a remaining 15-20% of organic, unprocessed, and local poultry, beef or fish.
Personally, my Sakara Life journey has had so many undeniable, incredible benefits on my life, and as a result, has trickled down into my family (since I’m the one doing most of the cooking!).
One of the many fantastic improvements I have noticed since reworking my diet (going 80% plant-based), is the clarity and energy I have, not to mention much shinier skin and hair.
If we’re breaking it down scientifically, the reason for my increased energy is because simply breaking down plants is what our bodies were designed for, and therefore so much easier on the digestive system than breaking down animal fats and complex carbohydrates. Also, plants deliver more enzymes and mineral than any other foods, which also aid in digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
One of my initial concerns in going plant-based was about getting enough protein. But, what I’ve found, is that we are all actually overeating protein, especially if we are frequently eating out and not cooking our own meals. When you see what a 4 oz. serving of protein looks like, you will recognize that most of the portions you got served when dining out are double (or maybe more!) the recommended serving size for one sitting.
Another one of the many amazing benefits I noticed from my Sakara meals was how colorful they are! Of course, that makes them aesthetically pleasing the the eye (we do, after all, eat with our eyes first!), but eating the rainbow is also part of the body-healing magic. Sakara recognizes that getting a variety of colorful foods helps you to get the proper balance of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to heal, detox, grow and glow. This is so important in keeping your energy levels up, and your weight down. Certain combinations of foods help in vitamin and mineral absorption, and I know that Sakara has all of this science on-point for me.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve all lost the purpose of ingesting food as medicine — for energy, vitality, and healing. Of course, we want it to taste good, and to satiate our sophisticated palates, but if you really feel into it, food as medicine is truly the fuel of our bodies — the fuel of the future. Don’t you want high-octane, as opposed to regular?!
So then, how do we decide what to mix and match? Our bodies have several different, complex needs that must be met on a daily basis. Finding the best mix of sugars, proteins, carbs, and fats is the ultimate goal!
Fruit sugars are the most easily absorbed source of energy. Not only do organic, juicy fruits taste amazing, but they are high in fiber, vitamin C and aforementioned natural sugar to give you incredible energy and brain power! They’re also great for fighting off sickness and help you to absorb iron, which is critical for optimal health (especially for women during that time of the month!).
The best way you can start your day is with some complex carbohydrates, and the reason is simple: you don’t want a spiked blood sugar! If we can start the day with whole grains and fruits, we will have sustained energy for a longer period of time, without crashing soon thereafter, or ever.
Aim to avoid foods that are refined, and as always, go for all-organic. This is where it gets tricky, and I’ve learned the hard way. Refined means highly processed and stripped of all organic nutrient content and fiber. Fortified is really the same as “enriched”. If you choose a food that is organic, you won’t have to worry about all this trickery.
This is not meant to be overwhelming! In fact, when we can get silent enough look within and feel into our own body’s needs, it will actually instill incredible hope for healing and a long, vibrant life. If you can make some subtle changes, and tune into nature as fuel, going plant-based will become your own nature.
((…The easiest way is to just order from Sakara!))