Even Harvard Supports the Plant-Based Diet Model. Take That Insecure Carnivores!

People say that us vegetarians/plant-based dieters are waaay too defensive. The thing is, society as a whole forces us to defend the truth about the plant-based diet against their simpleminded ideas of a stereotypical vegetarian. To them, a vegetarian is somebody trying out a new diet fad, who doesn’t really understand that humans “need” meat in their diet.

In truth, all we really need is fancy looking fruit.

So these insecure carnivores (read: jealous friends and family who don’t have our willpower) then ask us stupid questions or make uninformed statements about our new diet:

  • How are you going to get your protein? You’ll get vitamin deficiencies!” Turns out, there’s plenty of healthier foods that can fight deficiencies vegetarians face. Protein: Eggs. Lentils. Brown rice. Fish. Depending on how devoted you are to a plant-based diet, there are plenty of alternate sources of protein. Vitamin B12: Eggs. Greek Yogurt. Iron: spinach (preferably in smoothie form!).
  • All the vegetarians I know are sickly creatures!” Well they’re doing it wrong. They’re not really vegetarians. They’re junk food enthusiasts who don’t like meat. But I already know what your follow up question will be:
  • The vegetarian diet can’t be as healthy! You’ll be missing important nutrients!” Read this:

“Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses….appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases” (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, July 2009).

Ha! Take that you cynics!

  • “Humans are supposed to eat meat.” There’s a whole argument that exists saying that eating meat goes against our evolutionary roots. I don’t want to go into it, frankly, because it’s complicated and I’d probably end up going into some philosophical discussion about the meaning of life. So, instead, I’ll just combat your question with this little tidbit:

Becoming a vegetarian ALSO reduces risks of diseases

Let’s hear what the Harvard Medical Journal has to say on this subject:

  • Hundreds of studies suggest that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, and there’s evidence that vegetarians have a lower incidence of cancer than nonvegetarians do.” (Harvard Medical Journal)
  • “According to a 2007 report from the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research, if you stop eating red meat (whether or not you become a vegetarian), you’ll eliminate a risk factor for colon cancer”
  • “Type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians’ risk of developing diabetes was half that of nonvegetarians, even after taking BMI into account. The Harvard-based Women’s Health Study found a similar correlation between eating red meat (especially processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs) and diabetes risk, after adjusting for BMI, total calorie intake, and exercise”.

In Conclusion

So when the anti-vegetarian naysayers get bored of flinging barely-reasoned questions at us and our soundproof logic, they create and play games such as “Defensive Vegetarian Bingo” and poke fun at our diet.

Let’s be the bigger person, here. Show those meat-eaters we don’t care what they think by not stooping to their level.

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      Replace your junk food:Eat cassava chips tisnead of potato chips. Cassava chips have twice the amount of fiber as regular chips, less salt (if you buy them regular from the Arico brand) than most potato chips, less fat than most potato chips, and there’s no unneeded crap added to them (i.e. hydrogenated oils which is trans fats, starch, etc.). You can usually find them in most health food sections at the grocery store.Eat frozen yogurt or yogurt rather than ice cream. Buy plain Greek yogurt with no sugar added or low sugar, low fat vanilla or plain frozen yogurt. You can add so much stuff to them for flavor and nutrition such as fruit, nuts, oats, and powder (e.g. flax seed powder, whey protein powder, etc.).Eat nuts. Make sure they are raw and plain. Why? Because when labels say honey roasted or flavored they’re usually fried. Talk about ew. Fried nuts. It’s like fried Twinkies. Some of the best nuts are almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, and hazelnuts. Seeds are also nutritious. I like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds the most. Soak them and water before you eat them to get most of the salt out.Ooh, I almost forgot a very important nut. Soy nuts. You can literally live off of them (and water, of course). Seriously, look them up. I love them.Eat dark chocolate tisnead of milk chocolate. I could go on and on on how good dark chocolate is for you. Only buy it plain, with nuts, or natural flavoring. Make sure it’s low sugar and low fat though.Well that should help you.Last thing, if you keep eating and don’t know when to stop, a hormone could have stopped working or something because you know when your full when that hormone is released. How do you think the people who are severely overweight got like that? So you might wanna check with your doc just in case.Also, avoid McDonald’s and unhealthy fast food restaurants! Do you think it’lll help you?Last last thing, a replacement of sugar is Truvia. It’s an all natural 0 calorie sweetener that comes from the stevia plant.Good luck

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