Monday, July 27, 2020

Plant-based or Meat-eater? - What does Katie at Tonicity Fit of West Chester have to say???


Most Americans consider meat as a staple in their diets. However over the past few years the idea of removing meat from your diet has been on the forefront of popularity. At the same rate, some say that a balanced diet of meat and plant foods is the way to go.
Since the day you started eating solid foods, you probably started eating meat as well. You also probably learned about the food pyramid or food plate diagram in school, representative of what a healthy, balanced diet should look like— both of which include meat. 
Even the DGA (Dietary Guidelines for Americans) in their “2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” talk about the importance of a balanced diet of both meant and plant foods. The DGA emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk, milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts as important components in a healthy eating plan.
If we have been eating meat and animal products for as long as we can remember, why stop now?
Though the notion of switching to a plant-based or vegan diet has been seen as “trendy,” there is truth behind the trend. As of recently, the World Health Organization has classified bacon and sausage as carcinogenic to humans. In fact, one serving of any processed meat per day increases risk of developing diabetes by 51%. According to Dr. Michael Greger’s book, “Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxin,” the moment you consume meat, your arteries immediately experience inflammation, stiffening, and paralyzation.
Not only meat, but other animal products that have been a part of the American Standard Diet have demonstrated to be unhealthy as well. For an example, as stated in the documentary What The Health, eating one egg per day does as much damage to your life expectancy as smoking five cigarettes per day!

So why have you been told that these things are healthy? Why are these things still being sold at the grocery store?
The documentary What The Health? on Netflix is a great place to start. From “the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health claims to expose what they refer to as the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick” (https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/about). 
Whether you are a meat eater or not, the options for diet are forever being challenged and expanded. Below is one of my tried-and-true, favorite plant-based recipes that even die-hard meat eaters can enjoy and love! Eat it as is, or feel free to add cheese or meat to it.


About Katie:  

Katie Youngs is an outgoing West Chester graduate who is passionate about personal health and wellness. Through the mind-body-energy connection, she is active in pursuing what it means to lead a balanced and well-rounded lifestyle.Outside of work Katie likes to spend a lot of time in nature whether it be meditating or hiking. She is also an artist who loves to draw and paint. You can find her reading a novel, doing yoga, or cooking plant-based recipes for her and her boyfriend.

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sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/meatless-meals/art-20048193