There are many different opinions and beliefs out there about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, and it can be very confusing.  For instance, some people say we should avoid all animal food while others will say we need them to remain healthy. I think differently. I don’t believe we should only eat a certain way forever but experiment with food, see what makes us feel good and adjust over time as well. We are all different, and we all have different dietary needs. There is no one one-size-fits-all diet, but I do believe that it’s best to eat mostly from plants.

One of the main problems we have with animal food items today is that most people are eating way too much of it and choosing poor quality food. Most of the meat we have today – depending what’s eaten – contains antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides, heavy metals, preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other toxins that affect our health, especially when eaten regularly. Excess animal proteins may also damage the liver, kidneys, pancreas and the intestines as well as leach calcium from the bones as animal proteins are high in sulfur-containing amino acids, which tend to acidify the blood.

On the other side, eating from plants, which includes food like fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds  and whole grains and legumes is very beneficial for our health as it provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and water, which supports overall health and helps to protect us against different types of diseases and cancer. However, it doesn’t mean that if you are “vegetarian” or “vegan” that you are healthier. Many vegetarians have the tendency to lean toward refined carbohydrates and processed foods and products, and this way of eating is not healthier – and may be worse. It’s always best to focus on real, wholesome foods, and food that has been prepared at home.

To remain healthy, I believe it’s best to have a healthy and varied diet that consists of eating mostly unrefined, wholesome foods – with many of them being plant-based foods – and incorporate high-quality animal protein if needed, follow seasons and eat what makes us feel good physically and mentally. I believe that this way of eating not only has a positive impact on our health but on our environment and planet too.

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