As the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic hit our pockets, combined with a greater sense of self-preservation, we at Soya Life would like to walk you through the steps of creating a plant-based eating lifestyle.
Many people are not motivated sufficiently to follow a plant-based diet due to the fact that there is an enormous amount of dietary confusion caused by media hype, misrepresentation of the research behind food principles, and unclear/fuzzy food guidelines provided by various national bodies.
Secondly, most people are completely unaware of the overwhelming body of research that has been conducted where entire populations have been investigated to understand correlations between lifestyle, environment, age, gender, genetics, and the occurrence of lifestyle disease. Once one understands the basis for a plant-based diet there is NO turning back!
Use the Traffic Light model developed by Dr Greger (and detailed in his book “How Not to Die”).
|Definition||Why?||Daily foods||Number of servings/day|
|Unprocessed plant foods|
Nothing bad added, nothing good taken away
|These foods have MORE of the protective nutrients and FEWER of the disease-promoting factors||Legumes*|
|Processed plant foods|
Unprocessed animal foods
|Suggested role of these foods: to promote the consumption of Green-light foods, e.g. having oats porridge (green-light) with almond milk OR having legumes with a little tomato sauce||Examples:|
Refined grains (white flour, mealie meal, white rice)
Almond milk (almonds are green light)
EAT EVEN FEWER
|Ultra-processed plant foods|
Processed animal foods
|Suggested role of these foods: to promote the consumption of Green-light foods||Examples:|
The main point is that the healthiest diet is one that maximizes the intake of whole plant foods and minimizes the intake of animal-based foods and ‘junk” foods (high on sugar and/or salt and/or cholesterol and/or trans fats).
*Legumes include soybeans, chickpeas, lentils, butter beans, kidney beans and many many more. SOYA should be a fundamental component of your DAILY diet due to its phytonutrient component and the fact that it is the only legume that it is a COMPLETE PROTEIN.
Look out for both of these in Dischem.
References and acknowledgements:
Dr M. Greger: “How Not to Die”: this book is highly recommended reading