‼️The science is UNANIMOUS on this.
Following a WHOLE FOODS ?PLANT-BASED ? DIET is the best way of taking care of OUR OWN HEALTH and the health of the ?. But contrary to what many people assume, plant- based does NOT mean vegan or ONLY plants….
of course it can be, if that’s your preference….
but it certainly doesn’t HAVE to be. For me, it’s about CONSCIOUS or ‘mindful’ meat eating ?♀️
? ? It’s about making plant foods the MAINSTAY of your diet. Instead of thinking about animal protein as the central part of your meal – alongside carbs and a token portion of something green (if you’re lucky!) – make those beautiful VEGGIES, beans and pulses the ⭐️ STAR OF THE SHOW ⭐️ and animal protein the accessory or ‘CONDIMENT’!
??For most of the week, the BULK of our meals will be LOADS OF LOVELY VEG of all types (starchy roots, leafy greens, brassicas & rainbow Mediterranean veggies), beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, seeds, whole grains, eggs etc. MAKE 75% OF YOUR PLATE VEGGIES ? ? ? ? ?
? A couple of times a week, I make sure the whole family enjoys some lovely OILY FISH- sustainably caught and wild if possible. And it’s not just salmon- if you haven’t tried marinated anchovies; sardines tossed through spaghetti with lots of extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon & chilli; or a piquant mackerel pate with dill & capers, you really must! ? Despite being a white fish, cod-like hake is a surprisingly decent source of omega 3s too – and utterly delicious!
❗️ QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. Once a week or so, we will have a GRASS FED, ORGANIC steak, or some organic pork. There is a world of difference between a pasture-raised, organic piece of beef you cook yourself, and mass produced, conventionally grain-fed beef, ultra-processed into a burger from a fast food restaurant (with fries on the side!) Yes, good meat costs more: but ideally you’ll be buying a fraction of the quantity!
??Conventionally reared meat contains hormones, antibiotics, pesticides AND a different fat profile: when animals eat grain, their meat higher in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fats (which we eat too many of) and lower in anti-inflammatory, health-promoting omega 3s
?processed meats like bacon, salami and sausages aren’t ideal. It’s these the World Health Organisation classes as a Group 1 carcinogen
? HOW you cook your meat matters too- but that’s a post for another day!