Coming from an Indian background, I was brought up as 90-100% vegetarian. This is quite normal for Indians who follow the Hindu religion.
My family followed all the religious events and prayed alot. The 10% of the times I ate meat and seafood, it was organic - home grown and local produce.
I remember eating meat was very rare for my family. I also remember most of the time I preferred vegetables more than the meat.
Gradually I decided to be a vegetarian. Now I am on a plant-based food - Vegan.
I did educate myself about plant-based food and where and how will I get all my nutrients from. Now all the meals I eat, it is a complete balanced meal. I am healthier, more energetic, look younger and feel happier than every before.
I know my whole system works in harmony and my body functions to it's optimum level. Being Vegan is about educating myself about wholefoods and eating a balanced, nourishing meals.
So Why It Is Benefical To Go Vegan?
We humans are a diverse bunch. We all have our own reasons why we decide to take the step to change our lifestyle. You can ask 10 different individuals as why they decided to go vegetarian or vegan and you may hear 10 different stories. However one common reason you will hear that anyone who makes changes to their lifestyle is firstly to make a positive impact on their health and secondly the health of our planet. Some individuals choose Vegan lifestyle due to their own life experiences, interests, outlook on the world and the timing of certain issues that impacts or makes sense to them. The reason I have chosen to eat only plant-based food is to care for my body and health from inside out. I also belief that food is our medicine therefore eating, drinking everything that comes from plants, it is the natural way to heal our body and stay healthy for life.
What Is Your Perception About Plant-based food?
Many people's perception about eating only plant-based food is that we can’t be healthy just by eating fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lugumes.
It is all about education and finding out what the richness of each plant-based food. You will find out that there are uncountable plant-based produce high in protein, vitamins, minerals, good fats, carbohydrates and fibre. Of course plant-based products is naturally low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. However with a proper knowledge of a variety of plant-based ingredients, you will find out that there are foods high in the nutrients you are concerned about. For Example: Hummus. This dish is a good source of calcium, zinc and iron. Other favourites are Tofu and Yeast flakes which high in vitamin B12. Walnuts, soy foods, pumpkin seeds is high in omega-3 fatty acids. I absolutely love mushrooms which is high in Vitamin D.
People think plant-based foods are expensive..well acutally it is very affordable and readily available. Think Local - Buy Local - Eat Local. We are very lucky to have a number of weekend markets which sales local and organic fruit and vegetable.
People also think plant-based food is "Rabbit Food" and not tasty. Once you educate yourself about variety of plant-based foods and learn the nutrition information, You will come up with inventive ways of cooking with a variety of crops whic is high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Plus to make food super delicious, there are lots of spices and herbs to choice from. With knowledge, experience, trial and error , you will be creating amazing, mouth-watching, balanced, nourishing and appetizing dishes in no time.
You want to learn how to cook delicious Plant-based food?I have created 10 invigorating Cook & Eat Workshops. During the session, you will learn art of cooking divine, nourishing and balanced plant-based meals. You will also learn to marry perfect blends of herds and spices for most tasty meals.
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- Eat Right - Stop The Diet
- Eat for health & wellness
- Eat for Women' s health - 4 workshops
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- For The lovers of Indian Food
- Lunch & Dinner Done – Cook for the week.