Did you know I was plant based? I bet you didn’t. Let’s discuss it.
First, let’s break this term down.
Plant, well that seems pretty obvious. For sake of simplicity let’s throw fungi aka mushrooms in with plants, even though they are their own classification.
Base, when I think of a base, I think of a solid foundation like a building. Many people are used to thinking of pyramids in this way, so let’s go with that analogy.
So what are the major things I include in my base:
Coconut oil, real olive oil, avocados, broccoli, carrots, lettuce of all sorts, cucumber, cilantro, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pickles, onions, mushrooms, peppers, ginger, garlic, mustard, nuts of all sorts, seeds, coffee, dark chocolate, tea, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, blueberries, saskatoon berries, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, spices of all sorts, beets, cauliflower, celery, and I’ll throw in the cellulous from my supplements and the supplements themselves.
That’s a lot of food and a lot of variety, and not a single plant-based grain.
That next level on top of my plant base, the next level on my pyramid includes:
Grass-fed, grass-finished sustainably raised organic beef, organic pastured raised pork, eggs (farm fresh when I can get them), free range chicken when I can get it, wild caught salmon, sardines, oysters, grass-fed, grass-finished butter, Omega-3 fish oil
The very top layer, the point of the pyramid would include limited inflammatory grains like rice and flour, limited inflammatory legumes, limited inflammatory sugar-based products, limited inflammatory dairy products, and very limited highly inflammatory vegetable seed oils.
Notice I used the work “inflammatory” five times in the last paragraph. These are inflammatory for many people including myself, but not for everyone. You need to understand what your personal kryptonite’s are.
Of course, I also drink copious amounts of water, and the occasional adult beverage.
I know what some of you are thinking…WTF…you’re not plant based, you eat meat!
Yes, I try and eat the best quality, most sustainable animal products that I can, but the huge base of my nutrition is quality plant products.
I would urge everyone to not get caught up in labels and narrow identities. Keep an open mind and really educate yourself and not fall for media BS hype and false truths.
I believe nearly everyone should be plant based, but done smartly and customized to you, and this can include sustainable animal products.
Do you want to learn how proper nutrition for your unique situation, for your unique genetics can help you live healthier for longer and even prevent disease. Let’s have a conversation.
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Deepak, congratulations on your incredible work! Words can not describe how I feel about what you have done, it’s that good! You are out to help so many change their lives for the better, and you have communicated so clearly, how to do that. My personal Blue Zone will somehow, someway include you and your work! It’s one for the ages!
Thanks for your kind words Jon.