Over the years, we have under-estimated the power of plant-based food to transform and restore our health. Plant-based eating is gaining momentum thanks to a consumer shift from conspicuous consumerism to conscious consumerism, as well as research by leading medical specialists like Dr William Li, author of Eat to Beat Disease.People are looking for healthier, yet environmentally friendly ways of eating and living. Meat eaters are also becoming flexitarians, adding more meat free days, and consuming animal products fewer times a week.At the forefront of this growing trend is Leaf Cafe Umhlanga Chef Robert Hope, who is proving beyond a doubt, that plant based food can be better looking, better tasting and better for you. A look at some of the delectable dishes on the menu Robert and his team has prepared is proof of this new fast growing food movement. Given themixed crowd that now regularly frequent Leaf Cafe, plant-based food isn’t only appealing to vegans and vegetarians.
Plant-based eating focuses on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources – to realise better health and clarity of thought.
Plant-based diets offer all the necessary protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for optimal health, and are often higher in fiber and phytonutrients. There is nothing that a plant based diet cannot do that a meat, dairy and egg free diet can and probably better, tastier and healthier than an animal based diet can and if it is protein intake you worried about – contrary to popular belief, plant protein is much higher than that of animal protein – the added benefit, is that you get all the protein you need without the added hormones, steroids and antibiotics so heavily associated with animal products.
Countless studies have been done to prove the benefits of the power of plant based diets which are not just for immediate health, but have proven long term health and chronic disease. But eating this way, goes way beyond just our physical health, it has an incredibly positive impact on the environment, animal welfare, world hunger, water scarcity and more! Plus it will leave you feeling fully invigorated, enlightened and full of energy.
The benefits are plain to see! If you still not convinced, why not pop in and let us prove to you that plants are well…..simply not just plants!