Recently there have been a lot of vegan documentaries being released on Netflix such as “The Game Changers” documentary, which has been influencing people to switch over to a vegan diet. When it comes to optimising your health, there are a few key factors you should take into consideration before you make the leap.
- Plant-based documentaries are biased: Using the recent “Game Changers” documentary as an example, lots of the information they used was cherry picked data. For example, the reference to Nate Diaz, the UFC fighter beating Colin Mcgregor whilst following a plant-based diet?! There are so many other factors to consider, like when Diaz was defeated by Mcgregor on the rematch, in addition to Diaz admitting to eating fish and eggs anyway! Check out Dr Layne Norton’ scientific analysis article on the Game Changers documentary for more info.
- Start by eating more plants: Technically, I eat a plant-based diet because around 60-70% of my daily calories come from plants. Rather than eliminating meat altogether, how about drastically ramping up your intake of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes etc. and observing how you feel afterwards? Eating more vegetables consistently transformed my life! I had much more energy, less cravings, better performance in the gym, improved gut health, better mental clarity and more!
- Nutrient deficiencies: To start, I would say that most people could certainly do well on a full plant-based diet, however education is required and you must also be extremely well organised with your meal planning. Personally I like to have a full plant-based day once a fortnight and even this one day can be challenging to plan appropriately even though I consider myself well versed with nutrition. Good quality animal sources such as red meat, organ meats, eggs and shellfish are also some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, so if you cut these foods out then you at a much higher risk of developing a deficiency in nutrients such as vitamin B-12, iron, calcium, vitamin D, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. For more information on which food sources to include on a vegan diet, check out this publication by the national institute of health- Vegan diets: Practical advice for athletes and exercisers
Want to know more? Check out my latest podcast episode with plant-based eater and strength coach Mike Case AKA @Vegainzcoach- Vegan vs omnivore diet, the game changers movie debate and more
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