Hey All –
For today’s entry, I just wanted to mention somewhat of a reinvented take I’ve had on a familiar theme. Obviously, I’m a huge proponent of the vegan diet and have done numerous entries here based around the concept. However, one of the problems with saying “vegan diet” is there is too much latitude as to what exactly that might look like. We know it would be a diet devoid of all animal products, but that only speaks to what it does not include. Consequently, many who follow the vegan diet for ethical, environmental, humanitarian, political and/or spiritual reasons might be succeeding just by omitting animal products, but they could be (and often are) falling drastically short in the superior health department, because not enough attention is given to what they should be including in their regimen.
In fact, what I have most often observed is this: Someone is following the typical shitty American diet, full of processed, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar foods, and a fair amount of animal products like beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, etc. So when they switch to a vegan diet, they basically just try to emulate the kind of diet they’ve been following, but primarily substitute all of the usual animal products with highly processed veggie versions like soy.
Now, on the short-term as a transitional mechanism, this is probably okay, and no doubt an improvement. But over time – hopefully sooner than later – I recommend that these folks start integrating more multicolored fruits and veggies, whole grain products, plenty of beans, peas and legumes, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds, some supergreen foods like collards, spinach and spirulina, lots of clean drinking water and, sure, even a few organic soy items here and there.
All of these things I mentioned would fall under what I refer to as Super Food-Chain Nutrition; super foods that are low on the food chain.
In other words, super foods – those foods that are the most nutritionally dense, and that give you the most bang for your caloric buck – that are “low on the food chain” – meaning that they originate or are derived directly from, the plants, trees and bushes of the earth. Super Food-Chain Nutrition.
In these weeks ahead, I look forward to talking about a variety of ways to engage this ultimate way of eating. For now, try taking inventory of any food items you already eat that might fall into this category…
Back at you guys –