Today’s dose of inspiration is
sourced from a Ted Talk by Rip Esselstyn, a plant-strong advocate that
triggered a change in the eating habits of his fellow firefighting crew at the
Austin Engine 2 station in Austin, Texas.
Esselstyn supports plant-based diets for their impact on combatting chronic diseases and dramatically heal health. You can watch the Ted
Esselstyn describes the future health
of Americans as poor. According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention) the percentage of adults aged 20 years and over who are obese is
35.1 per cent (2012). 50 per cent of Americans are expected to be diabetic or
pre-diabetic by 2020. Esselstyn challenged his team to
undertake a 28-day challenge of eating a plant-based diet, after discovering
the poor state of health of one of his colleagues. Of course giving up meat did proved challenging, as all the men had grown up eating animal products. Including fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, beans, nuts and seeds, the diet was to morph these individuals from
medical time bombs to healthy super heroes. And you know what? It worked.
· The team made health a habit. In the supportive environment of
their workplace, love, compassion, respect and admiration resonated with each
individual, as they nurtured one another during this difficult transitional
· They developed routines.
Wholesome plant-based meals were shared for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The
team alternated who bought meals and who cooked and cleaned.
· Esselstyn educated them. He discovered that there was a huge a
disconnect between what they thought was healthy and what wasn’t. He pointed
out that we are the only mammal on the planet that drinks another mammal’s
milk, highlighting the unnatural behaviour humans have become accustomed to.
· They surrounded themselves with wholesome plant-based meals. If
you’re looking for some ideas, try spelt blueberry pancakes, quinoa and fruit
salad, oatmeal waffles with apple sauce, plant-strong pizzas, lentil oat loaf,
sweet potato lasagna and dark chocolate and oatmeal cookies.
According to Esselstyn, only 6 per
cent of calories ingested by Americans come from a plant-based diet. Wall
Street Journal’s Market Watch reported
on the rise of media outlets listed as flexitarians
in 2012, alluding to meatless and vegetarian meals. Esselstyn shares that 99 per cent of
food on the planet comes from plants and that a plant-strong diet is not about
deprivation but about the environment. Plant based health benefits include:
– Reducing risk of cancer
– Reducing risk of
– Fighting diabetes
– Curb obesity
– Live longer
– Reduce carbon
– Minimize water
A whole food, plant-based diet provides you with all the protein you need, as well as iron, calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
If you’re wondering where your
protein is going to come from while adopting this diet, some great sources include legumes (beans,
lentils, peas), nut and nut butters (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans,
macadamia, Brazil nuts), seeds and seed butters (chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin,
sunflower), whole grains (quinoa
, brown rice, oats) and vegetables (peas,
spinach and broccoli can contain up to 6g of protein per cup).
Zebra Organics and Sky Island Organics offer a selection of organic trail mixes.