Sure, some vegan food can be exotic and unfamiliar. But any cuisine has its wild side and its basic side.
The basics of a whole food plant-based vegan diet are extremely common and simple. Foods like beans, rice and other whole grains, sweet potatoes and white potatoes are hearty cornerstones of a healthy starch-based diet. Fruits like simple apples, oranges, pears and berries, and vegetables like corn, green beans and squash are delicious staples.
Most everyone knows what a pecan is, and nuts are valuable sources of plant-based nutrition. Tomatoes, avocados, onions, garlic - these are all simple but satisfying foods that are easily recognized.
Maybe it gets more daunting to try to figure out the many processed vegan foods - what really IS in those fake hot dogs anyway? But those kinds of highly processed foods are not required, and are really not even all that healthy. Whole food plant-based diets offer plenty of protein, calcium, iron and other necessary nutrients.
We don't need animal foods for any special nutrients. We can easily, deliciously and affordably get everything we need without eating animals, and we are healthier leaving them out of our diet entirely.
Eating animals is problematic on many levels. Eating animals contributes to human diseases like atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, stroke, auto-immune disorders, arthritis, cancer and others.
Farming animals on the large scale required to feed the human masses causes some of the worst environmental impacts in the world.
Eating animals causes these docile and gentle, thinking, feeling creatures unimaginable levels of pain, stress and misery. They are not here for us to abuse however we please. We all co-exist on the planet together, and we humans would do well to work harder to live in harmony with animals, respecting them rather than exploiting them.
We do not need to eat animals, in the form of meat, or dairy or eggs, for any reason, so it makes no sense to continue to destroy the planet, destroy innocent animals, and destroy our health by insisting on continuing to eat them.
Stick with the simple basics, load up on real, un-processed foods, and thrive on a whole food plant-based vegan diet! Learn how here.
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