Should you switch to a Plant-Based Diet? – 3 Shocking Things I Discovered
After watching What the Health, a documentary on Netflix, I was inspired to try a plant-based diet. Despite reading plenty of books and conducting my research, I was still afraid to switch to this kind of diet for two reasons: number one, I thought that I wouldn’t get enough protein. As you know, I’m protein-focused, just like most of you folks and because of my bodybuilder background, I need a lot of protein in my diet. Number two: I also asked myself what I would be replacing the protein with? More carbs or more fats?
I told myself for 7 days; I would give the plant-based diet a try. Let me explain what a plant-based diet is. Quite simply it’s a diet consisting of whole foods. So unrefined, unprocessed, unpackaged type of foods. Animal proteins such as chicken, beef, and eggs are excluded whereas, fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, tofu, and grains are encouraged.
I discovered some shockingly bad things and some shockingly good things about the plant-based diet. I noticed that I had a lot of bloating and a lot of gas when I first started the plant-based diet. The second thing is that I was tracking my food and I found that I couldn’t get enough protein. Again, I had expectations to have a high amount of protein every day, and I didn’t see that happening which concerned me. And the third thing, I gained weight (three pounds to be exact). I was very concerned about that, so I had to make some dietary changes. But before I get into what I did to make everything work with the plant-based diet, I wanted to tell you about the shockingly good things that happened. So the first thing is my strength and endurance increased significantly. I was able to lift heavier and perform more reps with ease. Number two is hydration. I’m very sensitive to being dehydrated as my energy levels drop. While on the plant-based diet, I was less thirsty. With that being said, I wasn’t as hungry as I normally am. I had more “satiety” or the feeling of being full. That was a great thing, especially in the evening as I didn’t have cravings for late-night snacks. The third thing was my bowel movements didn’t smell nearly as much as they did when I had a diet that mainly consisted of animal proteins.
Given the good things that I experienced within the 7 days, I decided to continue the plant-based diet for 30 days. If you end up considering the plant-based diet and are focused on trying to get as much protein in your diet as possible, try Vega Protein Powder. Also, don’t just eat beans on the plant-based diet but also try tofu and other legumes as well. Beans are high in fiber and should be consumed in moderation. The final tip I have for you is to decrease your portion sizes, ensuring you’re not over-consuming a good thing.
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Kris J Simpson
Author & Life Coach
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Hey y’all KJ Simpson here, author of the number one bestseller The All Inclusive Diet and I help people cultivate energy, restore balance and life a life of abundance from the inside out. Today’s topic is should you switch to a plant based diet. Well I tried this diet and there was three shocking things that I discovered that I want to share with you here today. So it all started with me watching a movie called What’s the Health. It’s a documentary on Netflix. I totally recommend that you watch it. Now I’ve watched other documentaries and I’m well versed with plant based diets. I’ve read plenty of books, done plenty of research but I was really afraid to switch to this kind of diet for two reasons: number one, I thought that I wouldn’t get enough protein. And you know I’m protein focused, just like most of you folks out there, and because of my bodybuilder background that’s part of my belief system, that I needed a lot of protein in my diet. And the other thing is if I was taking protein out, or so I thought I would be, that I’d have to replace it with carbohydrates and you know I have some hangups with carbohydrates as well that perhaps I would gain weight, I would feel more bloated, that I would you know lose my physique and lose my performance with too many carbohydrates. So these were my hangups and it hung me up for about a year while I sat on the fence and procrastinated. So finally my Mandy, who I watched the movie with, she said why don’t you just try it out for seven days and that’s exactly what I did. And that’s when I discovered these three things that I didn’t really expect would happen with the plant based diet. So first of all what is a plant based diet? Quite simply it’s a diet consisting of whole foods. So unrefined, unprocessed, unpackaged type of foods and they try to minimize or even eliminate dairy and all of the animal protein products, for example, chicken, beef and eggs. These things again are minimized or completely excluded and that’s what the plant based diet is. It’s different than the vegan diet. A lot of vegans they still have eggs for example or they’ll include a dairy product. So this is just strictly whole, natural, live foods. So I discovered some shockingly bad things and some shockingly good things about the plant based diet. Let’s start off with the bad. So first of all, I noticed that I had a lot of bloating and a lot of gas when I first started with the plant based diet. The second thing is that I was tracking my food, I was logging my food and I found that I couldn’t get enough protein. Again I had expectations to have a high amount of protein each and every day and I didn’t see that happening and that concerned me. And the third thing is that I gained weight. You know, the first week on this plant based diet I gained three pounds. And obviously I was very concerned about that and I went over the maximum weight that I’ve set for myself so I really had to make some changes. But before I get into what I did to make everything work with the plant based diet, I want to tell you about the shockingly good things that happened. So the first thing is my strength and my endurance. I thought my performance would decrease. I didn’t think I would be as strong on the plant based diet because I thought that it was lacking in protein, but quite the opposite actually. I couldn’t believe the strength and the endurance I had while I was training while on the plant based diet. So that’s number one. Number two is hydration. I’m very sensitive to being dehydrated. You know, when I get dehydrated, automatically my energy level drops and I get headaches and I get tired, so these are the symptoms of dehydration for me. So I’m drinking water throughout the day. I didn’t have to drink as much water while I was on the plant based diet. And that was great because I didn’t have to be so conscious of always staying hydrated and it also told me that okay, this must be a healthy diet because the reason why I was drinking so much more was perhaps because there was a lot more toxidity in my body that needed to be flushed and that’s why I needed more water. So it was an indicator of health for me, which was a plus. The second thing is that I just wasn’t as hungry as I normally was. I had more satiety as we call it, or the feeling of feeling full. And that was a great thing, especially in the evening times when I typically, I’m a late night snacker and I’ll get into snacks later in the evening. And I didn’t have the cravings for those snacks as much while I was trying out this plant based diet. So the third thing is well you ever heard the saying your shit don’t stink. Well my shit still did stink. This is probably too much information for you but I’m going to tell you anyways because it’s important and I think it’s an indicator of health as well. So my shit did stink but it just didn’t stink as much and that was obviously very refreshing too for everyone in the household. But it also told me that okay I look at body odor and as far as elimination, these kinds of things if they have a certain smell they’re trying to tell you something. So here’s the summary of story, my experience with the plant based diet. First of all it wasn’t a seven day story it was actually a 30 day story, there was so much positive things going in when I switched to this diet that I tried to extend it as far as I could. The only thing that set me off was when I went away on business travel, I found it very difficult to stay on a plant based diet that was protein-focused. But other than that, when I came back I actually adopted a lot of these principals from the plant based diet and I’m still doing it today. So what I’d like you to do next, if you want to try the plant based diet and you are focused on trying to get as much protein in your diet as possible, is I want you to consider supplementing with it. You know this is a brand that I spoke about, it’s Vega and there’s lots of protein powders that are plant based on the market today that you can try out. But it is a lot easier if you’re trying to get X amount of grams or X amount of percentage of protein as a macro in your diet if you do supplement with it, so that’s the first thing. The second thing is I would try to reduce the amount of beans. You know, when we eat beans it’s a certain type of carbohydrate that our gut flora just loves but it does produce a lot of gas, so you might want to try to have a little bit more lentils than you would beans just to decrease the amount of bloating and gas that typically beans cause for most people anyways. And third of all and final, and it’s a very, very important point, you need to decrease your portions, okay. This is all scientifically sound, you know, good, natural food and it’s easy for us to justify because it’s so good for us that we can eat more of it, but that’s not the case. And in fact you don’t need more of it because you’re going to feel more full on this diet. It’s full of water. It’s full of fiber. And those two things are what usually keeps us full and controls our blood sugar. So you can really decrease the amount of portions that you normally would have with each meal and still feel full. So if you like this video, please comment, please share. Send me some love. 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Kris J Simpson
Author & Life Coach