There Are No Additional Health Benefits from Eating a Plant-based Diet | The Divine Hostess

“Are you a vegan?”, someone asked me this weekend, as they served themselves a plate of not so vegan-friendly food.  I get asked this question a lot when I am out and about– it could be the grocery store, a party, or in the workplace. When you choose to abstain from certain foods, people get curious and want to know why.

 

I happen to be vegetarian, and have been for almost 11 years now. As of late, I’ve started to lean more towards plant-based. I have stopped buying eggs and I am really getting into vegan cheeses.

 

Even still– I am not so sure I will ever be a card-carrying member of the vegan community like some others. For me, the title comes with much weight and controversy, and there have sadly been many times I have witnessed people forcefully try to teach others to be compassionate to animals, all while showing no compassion for the human being with whom they are conversing. I believe I can eat in a way that suits my needs and values, without a title.

 

But as I quietly went back to sipping my water, someone said:

 

“There are no additional health benefits from eating a plant-based diet. It doesn’t make you live longer and it doesn’t fight illnesses. There is no point.”

 

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Now, I know better, and I am not one to debate– especially when I do not see people bringing any scientific facts to the argument. At this point in time, I believe it is quite obvious whether a person is vegan or not– they will benefit greatly from a diet made up of a large amount of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

When eating intentionally, one can find that not only does food heal, but it works as a preventative measure before ever getting sick in the first place.

 

I want to share a few of the benefits, but keep in mind this only works if you actually eat plants.  It’s possible to be unhealthy as a vegan, just like any other diet. So when I share these benefits, I am assuming you eat more than lettuce and tomatoes and soy veggie patties.  That’s always the argument– that not all vegans are healthy.

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Some of the benefits of a plant-based diet are:

  1. It can lower blood sugar levels
  2. A diet rich in phytochemicals, which helps prevent cancer.
  3. Lower risk of heart disease.
  4. Prevention of diabetes.
  5. Higher intake of fiber, potassium, magnesium and folate.

 

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If you’re curious about a plant-based diet, I would encourage you to check it out by doing your own research, visiting a restaurant, trying a new recipe, or talking to someone with experience. One great way is stopping by a food fair in a major city near you. When I went to Vegan Street Fair in Los Angeles, many visitors were not vegans, but simply were curious about this lifestyle or thinking of making major changes.

 

In my latest vlog, I share a little of what we tried. I am not a fan of fairs because they are usually very crowded and I don’t really like to walk and eat at the same time. Nonetheless, I find a way to have fun wherever I go! Click below to watch.

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Dining out Vegan with Vince Lia

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

Have you ever been curious about what you could eat if you became vegan, or did a 30 day plant-based diet? I went to Veggie Grill recently with Vince Lia and we tried some classic vegan items that are great for vegans and non-vegans alike! Vince also has a video of us on his channel, where we visited the Cheesecake Factory and made some really great items vegan.

 

 

Enjoy!

xoxo

Fifi

Raspberry Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

Hi healthy bunnies!

Raspberries have so many wonderful benefits– they boost your metabolism, are high in antioxidants, keep your glucose levels low, are a source of fiber and are high in vitamin c. This time of year, adding them to smoothies, salads, or having as a snack is a great way to ward off the cold and flu. If you’re trying to keep your weight in balance, raspberries can be very helpful.

 

Check out my easy recipe and video for a delicious raspberry metabolism boosting smoothie!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 12 ounces of hemp milk
  • 2 thumbs of ginger
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Serves 2

 

Vegan Pancakes with Date Sugar

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

I made some quick and easy pancakes this morning and wanted to share the recipe with you. I’m slowly working on taking refined sugar out of my diet, and right now I am experimenting with date sugar. I found it online, and what I love is the only ingredient on the package is dates! It is quite good and worked very well for this recipe.

 

You will need:

 

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. date sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Makes eight 4″ pancakes

Whisk together dry ingredients, then add liquid. Cook on medium low heat for best results.

 

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Summer Breakfast Ideas You’ll Love

I don’t know about you, but when the seasons change, so do my habits and that includes the way I eat. For one thing, the weather is hotter. I’m usually more active with outdoor workouts, and also it’s hotter out! I tend to want to eat lighter, energizing meals that will keep me satisfied between meals.

It’s good to eat according to the seasons, because whatever happens to be in season will be more readily available and reasonably priced. What I’m loving right now is summer berries and heirloom tomatoes.

kale and berry salad

I’ve created 3 awesome recipes that you can make in just minutes! They recipes are vibrant in color signifying that they are anti-oxidant and nutrient rich. If you happen to try any of the recipes, please let me know!

xoxo,

Fifi

What I Eat in a Day #2

Hey healthy bunnies!
I’ve posted another “what I eat in a day” video which features my vegetarian plant-based lifestyle and also what I do for fitness on a typical weekend day. 
 https://youtu.be/am8eMyz0e68 

I hope the video gives you new ideas for meals to make at home which are quick, easy, and inexpensive!
Xoxo
Fifi 

Vegan Potluck/ BBQ Ideas

Hey healthy bunnies!

I recently made a yummy black bean and quinoa salad packed with flavor and a ton of nutrients. 

  

It was a collaboration with my pal Marissa of the channel Lifestyle with Me. She’s vegan, and has so many great ideas! She also made a quinoa salad! Hers is sweet and mine is savory.

  
 Both are delicious. You should totally give them a try. If you aren’t vegetarian, you may have some guests that will appreciate these dishes. They work as side or main dishes. 
  

Mexican Quinoa Salad

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My latest mason jar salad for the series on my YouTube channel is a Mexican inspired quinoa and black bean salad. It’s got so much flavor with the peppers, cilantro, lime and more. The salad is vegetarian, yet still filling and hearty thanks to the black beans and quinoa which happens to be a complete protein!

 

You will need:

  • 1  quart sized Mason jar
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Oregano
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • Cooked black beans
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Fresh salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped
  1. Whisk together 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar, the juice of 1/2 lime, a dash of smoked paprika, oregano, and salt. Add to Mason jar first.
  2. Add bell pepper. Next add 1/2 cup of cooked black beans.
  3. Add 1 cup of quinoa which should be lightly salted.
  4. Next add 2 tablespoons of roughly chopped cilantro followed by 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh salsa.
  5. Last, add 1/4 cup cubed avocado. You can add a dash of sea salt oregano and lime to add additional flavor before closing mason jar to store.

Enjoy!

3 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I start the morning with good choices, it is easier to follow throughout the day with more good choices. I’ve created 3 delicious and simple recipes that should suit you if you need something fast, or if you’ve got a little more time to treat yourself in the kitchen. Two out of the three recipes are completely vegan, and one includes eggs and leaves a lot of room for variation for your tastes.

I have created a mini frittata, smoothie, and avocado toast. I hope you will try out the recipes!

xoxo

Fifi