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

 

How to Make Breakfast Enchiladas | Meal Prep Series

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

For the third video of the Meal Prep series, I’m making breakfast! I love breakfast burritos, but it’s really hard to make burritos last all week without becoming soggy. Enchiladas are the next best thing. Just wait till you see the video with the unique and delicious ingredients!

Let me know what you want to see next!

 

 

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Fifi

The Top 7 Vegetarian Recipes You Need in Your Life

Hey healthy bunnies!

 

I hope your 2016 is off to a fantastic start! Do you have your vision set? Are there goals in mind? I have a list of goals for myself, but health and fitness is one of my top priorities (as it is every year).

 

I asked via Twitter if anyone was in need of vegetarian and vegan recipes for the new year since many do the Daniel Fast, a cleanse, or a 30 day vegetarian challenge. Even if you are doing none of the things I listed, I am sharing with you some amazing and delicious recipes that you must have! Simply click on the picture to be linked to the recipe.

In addition to the recipes list below, I highly recommend you check out my Smoothie Playlist. Smoothies are a great snack, meal replacement or dessert depending on how it is made.

Lentil Tacos

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Berry Breakfast Salad

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Apple Cinnamon Buckwheat Cereal

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Tofu Saltado

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Mediterranean Stir Fry

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Mason Jar Salads

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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 

Mason Jar Salads

Hey healthy bunnies!

Happy Wednesday! Now that it’s officially spring – my absolute favorite season, I feel like it’s time to take advantage of all the fruits and veggies that are in season. I’m doing a mason jar salad series and I’ve already posted the first of the series on my channel. As you know, I posted video every Friday. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the other recipes in the series! They’re totally yummy and nutritious! 

  

A Simple Gluten-Free Dinner

I’ve been struggling to get to the bottom of some resurfacing inflammation issues with my stomach. I realized even more so on this journey that I will have to be intentional about what I put into my body…even in the moments when I’m starving and seemingly out of options. When I grocery shop, I get a mix of raw food, frozen food, and quick grab-and-go prepared food which is still healthy, but optimal for days when I’m either lazy or short on time.

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For dinner I enjoyed medium roasted salsa, blue corn chips, lemony roasted asparagus, and balela, which is a Mediterranean chickpea and black bean salad from the grocery store. This was the most perfect and delicious meal for such a hot summer day!

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Greek Yogurt with Fresh Raspberries and Granola

Yesterday I enjoyed an outdoor event with family and friends. It was a large gathering of food trucks, music, drinks and I think I may have gone a little overboard on sampling the food!

I find that when my week is most stressful, the end of the week is most difficult to eat healthy. By the end of the week I’m tired and have given up on meal prepping or any forethought for nutrition had home out the window.

I know better than this, because I usually know my week will be busy at the very beginning. It’s very important that I stock my fridge with easy-to-grab fresh fruits and vegetables as well as making sure my pantry is stocked with oats and other whole grains that will keep me full and give me the nutrients I need.

This Saturday morning I enjoyed a very simple breakfast of plain Greek yogurt, granola, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.

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With the portions I had of 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt and only 1/4 cup of granola – the entire meal was only 257 cal, but 19 g of protein. I purposely made the meal small so that I will be hungry in the next 2 to 3 hours and can really rev up my metabolism.

I hope your weekend is going well – I’m in for another busy day! Talk to you soon, healthy bunnies!

XOXO,
Fifi