I have been on a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet since October 1. The #1 Question I get asked is “Where do I get protein?”. The article below was posted on the Shakeology Blog and it has been the best, most succinct list of plant-based protein I have seen.
I was an ALL meat and potatoes guy before I started my first round of P90X back in late 2009. And while I have constantly educating myself on diet, I needed to really focus when going all plant-based.
It is interesting that the article below highlights Food, Inc and Forks Over Knives as these movies were significant influences in having me give this diet a whirl. During my first 90 days, I also did Missy Costello’s Cleanse (she cooks all of Tony Horton’s food). I was able to educate myself on how to keep my protein levels up. From the list below, I have actually used all at one point or another (except for lentils).
So what are the differences between animal and plant-based protein? Here are the 3 key ones.
1.Plant proteins have less cholesterol and fat compared to animal proteins.
2.Plant proteins have more vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants compared to animal proteins.
3.Plant proteins are the incomplete proteins whereas animal proteins are said to be the complete proteins. (So for those solely using plant based proteins, there is a need to eat a variety of vegetables.)
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Veganism and vegetarianism are becoming more and more popular in our society, as science advances and we learn about the negative effects animal proteins can have on our bodies. There have been great documentaries, such as Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc., that we highly recommend you check out if you want to learn more about this topic!
But say you’re already in the know that eating animal fats and proteins has been scientifically linked to raising the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, and heart disease, and you want to make a change. Little steps in the right direction are a great place to start! We recommend “meatless weekdays,” a lifestyle where you don’t eat any animal proteins during the week, but on the weekend you’re free to indulge in animal proteins. Even small changes like these can dramatically improve your health without taking the plunge into a strictly vegan or vegetarian diet that can be challenging to stick to.
We hope this serves as a great jumping point to launch your healthier, vegan-esque lifestyle, or at the very least, helps you make some educated, meat-free diet choices more often! Stay healthy, friends.