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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5 Tips to Get Back on Track with Your 2016 Goals

I know what it is like to have huge goals set before me, and while I really want to accomplish them, I often get overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. It is common around this time of year to either lose momentum or get sidetracked.

 

You set those goals for a reason, and I know you can get there with the right mindset, preparation, and planning.

 

I created this video to encourage you and help you get back to where you need to be.

I had a little help from my adorable niece who can be seen (and heard) in the video. She’s getting so big!

 

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Feel free to comment and share some of your 2016 goals!

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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Health Tips for College and High School Students | Back to School Season

It is back to school season! When I was still in school, this was my favorite time. I looked forward to new classes, new people, and new clothes.

One thing that is tough is staying healthy as a student. There are a lot of unhealthy options and then there is stress from school itself. I made this video to help students to be mindful when making decisions so they can stay as healthy as possible.

Check out this quick video for all my tips.

xoxo

fifi

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

What to Consider When Doing a Cleanse

1. Plan ahead. Planning is key to a successful health journey. The most common feedback I hear from my health coaching clients who struggle to stay on track is “I didn’t have time.” We all lead such busy lives, and also things beyond our control come up. Plan as much as you can, and then be flexible and creative to still meet your goals.

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2. Set goals you can keep. I know how this sounds, but this is not at all settling or having a low standards for health. Incrementally increase your goals to achieve success. Outright lofty goals can be so overwhelming. It’s hard to stick to them. Don’t set yourself up– set yourself up for success.

 

 

3. Consider your health. Your current status of health is crucial. If you are on medication or have any particular condition, you will need to consult your physician before doing a cleanse. Cleanses are good, but they are not one-size fits all. Doing a juice cleanse for instance, may not be enough.

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4. Don’t do it for weight loss. Weight loss is often a bi-product of doing a cleanse, but it should not be the objective. You don’t want to change a cleanse into a crash diet. You’ll put undue pressure on yourself and your body. A cleanse will help your body perform optimally by removing toxins and boosting metabolism. It can definitely jump start your weight loss journey, but I feel strongly that it should not be a weight loss technique.

 

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5. Don’t cheat. We can reason our way out of anything. We humans are crafty this way. This is why #2 is so important. Setting goals you can reasonably stick to instead of ones you will later disregard when they matter most. Take the raw/vegan challenge, for instance. I knew that I would not want to do raw food all day. I’m stuck in a ridiculously cold, over air-conditioned building for almost 10 hours each day. All I really want when I get home is warm meal, and not cold food. I felt it was much more reasonable to do what I’ve seen others do which is raw before 4pm. This gave me to opportunity to enjoy a warm, sensible vegan meal each evening.

 

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6. Get rest and lots of water. Sometimes as your body is adjusting to a cleanse and ridding itself of toxins, you may feel a bit tired. The tired feeling will not last, but it is good to plan for it and get to bed early the first few days. You should also consume lots of water, though I won’t tell you how much that is. Your water intake should be based on a lot of factors: your weight, level of activity, and the weather, to name a few. I’ve never been a fan of just blindly doing a gallon of water a day drinking challenge. For what? Not everyone needs that. I think the water intake needs a little more thought. But let’s just for now stick to a minimum of 8 glasses per day to be safe. 🙂

 

Stay tuned for a follow-up post and video next week of what I ate during the cleanse and more tips!

So that’s it! These are just a few tips and tricks that you might consider if you’re thinking of doing any type of cleanse. I hope it helps you decide if a cleanse is best for you, and makes you think more in depth about how you might need to customize your plan. If you have further questions, comment below!

xoxo,

Fifi