This is a very common initial thought for those that are intrigued by a plant-based diet but don’t think it’s achievable for them. I get it – the thought of giving up something that you are so used to appears challenging and perhaps impossible.
When I started transitioning, I, too, was very skeptical that I could ever give up ‘my’ scramble eggs as I put it. In fact, I was adamant I couldn’t do it until I read more about the science, what’s in such foods and practiced with various plant-based recipes.
You can get the same nutrition along with many extra benefits (dietary fibre and more vitamins/minerals) from plant-based dishes that act as alternatives to your favourite cheese or egg foods. You don’t need eggs or cheese for protein…trust me. They are full of hormones, saturated animal fats and animal proteins which are riddling your system and holding back your performance and health.
You can make your own plant-based cheeses and your own version of ‘eggs’ at home using plants. It’s actually fun and empowering to create ‘cheese’ without using any animal products. Your kids, parents and/or friends will really appreciate the time and thought that has gone into creating them – trust me, they will be super impressed. Check out my Chilli scramble recipe which is perfect for those that want a scramble egg type experience but without the hormones, antibiotics & cholesterol and with loads more vitamins and minerals. For cheese, most local healthy grocery stores offer non dairy forms of brie, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, etc., but you can also make these at home. Typically these are made with nuts, tofu or even eggplant! I have a cashew cheese and a queso chilli cheese recipe for those that want a simple cheesy-like topping for their healthy plant-based meals…trust me, your taste buds will soon have you salivating at the thought of cashew cheese and you will be looking at dairy cheeses through your rear vision mirror wondering why on earth you were ever interested in putting them in your mouth.
You will be lowering your saturated fat and cholesterol in take with every single mouthful compared to consuming dairy or egg equivalents. High cholesterol results in build ups of plaque in the artery walls (atherosclerosis) which increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease and type 2 diabetes (1, 2).
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute puts food choices at the top of their list with regards to the major causes of high cholesterol (2):
By consuming plant-based protein sources, which are all FREE from cholesterol and saturated animal fats, this means your chances of chronic illnesses are likely to be lower and management of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, various cancers and type 2 diabetes may be improved (3).
You will be avoiding puss/blood cells and/or hormones that commonly enter milk as a result of Mastitis and just being a hormonal fluid in general (4). That’s right, there is a high chance the cheese and milk that you are eating from cows contains puss/blood cells and or high somatic cell count, hormones & steroids (5). Some of the hormones found in milk have been linked to increasing the likelihood of certain cancers (6). If you have a quick google, you will see various dairy industries have tried to post blog after blog to put this argument to bed and create confusion so consumers decide it’s too hard to make a decision. Either way – I’ll let you decide what’s got a greater chance of being contaminated with blood, puss and hormones – a milk that is derived from a nut/seed which has grown from water and sunlight OR a hormonal fluid from the udder and nipple of a pregnant cow that’s been fed who knows what and injected with who knows what whilst being put under the continuous stress and fear that comes with being artificially impregnated several times a year. See the Plant Proof “Is Soy Healthy” blog for further information and science on the composition of cows milk.
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