We've all heard it, and as vegans know how much better we feel after making the meat, egg - and dairy - cut.
But, have you seen the You Are What You Eat show yet? I love this show! The host, Gillian McKeith is the food police. Into the participant's homes she goes, throwing out all things refined, fried, with white sugar, white flour, and processed. She brings in natural, whole foods. Vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, beans, and while I've seen a few episodes including fish, most focus on eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
The show uses Gillian's hard-hitting style and nutrition facts and throws in some humor and clever tactics to show how detrimental to our health it is to eat highly processed, sugary, salty, fatty foods. Did you see the episode where a body bag was laid out in front of one couple? The body bag included all the processed meats that were eating. Food for thought indeed.
Finally, the show ends with an inspiring 'before and after' recap. The participants lose (a lot of) weight, get healthier, and look far better. Then, the part I always love is to hear the participants admit at the end of the show that they actually love most of their new foods. The once vegetable hating folks, who winced to take a bite of a chickpea burger or spoonful of carrot soup, come to admit at the end of the show that they actually love many of their new foods! We know this. Our palates change. We come to appreciate and crave real and fresh foods.
Oh, and see Gillian in the pic above? That's not what we should be eating.
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