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Plant Based Living

There is a lot of miscommunication when it comes to food and it's so important to get educated on health and proper nutrition. It can save us from a lifetime of varying diseases and emotional upsets. Not only does a plant-based lifestyle have a tremendous positive effect on human health, but also the health of the planet. Through eating this way, I am able to practice peace and compassion at every meal time. The answer, most importantly, is so delicious and so beautifully abundant!


Follow me on Instagram @AnnieJaffrey for 
healthy food posts and inspiration


I follow a plant-based lifestyle, keeping it high carb and low fat. I never restrict my calories, I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Usually works out to be around 2000 a day (a good tool to use is cronometer.com to make sure you get enough). I don't believe in voluntary fasting (unless your body insists on it if you are feeling sick), but I think doing a watermelon / banana / mango "island" is an amazing way to cleanse and detox without putting your body through starvation or pain. To thrive successfully on a plant-based diet, you have to make sure to eat enough. Plant-based foods are naturally lower in calories than processed animal foods, so make sure to eat till you feel totally satisfied.



Why do I follow a plant-based diet?
Optimal health
High energy
Peacefulness / nonviolence
Spiritual and mental clarity
So much variety of plant-based food, animal products are not a necessity
I love to eat in abundance
Health and conservation of the planet
Support local / organic / sustainable farming (our dollar is our vote)





Documentaries



A few of my favorite food-related documentaries. All of these are available
on Netflix and you might be able to view them on YouTube as well: 

Forks Over Knives
Food Inc.
Cowspiracy


You can also watch The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall (originally a book) on YouTube - lots of great info!



Dr. John McDougall on Pregnancy and Children




Low Fat Vegan Recipes




Books


Accredited books on the high carb, low fat, vegan lifestyle:

The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham
Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn 
The China Study by Dr. T Colin Campbell
The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall



Vegan FAQ

What about protein? B12? Calcium? Iron? etc..


ALL YOUR VEGAN QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN THESE LINKS:


VeganOutreach.org/FAQ
Vegan.com/FAQ
Vegan.com/Answers
VeganEasy.org/FAQ
VeganSidekick.org/Guide
Mango Island Mama - FAQ



So why am I so passionate about this? Two reasons, one is for personal development and optimal health (and the fact that I feel so good!). The second, almost as important, is you guys. I've gotten so many emails from young girls (and older women) who are struggling with their weight and body image. It brakes my heart to read about this, especially severe eating disorders, when we shouldn't have to be dealing with problems like this. The answer is so satisfying, so simple and so easy! We just have to get educated on health and the latest nutritional science - we cannot let ourselves become products of society or live out of habits just because "that's what everyone is doing". This information is so powerful and it can help so many people, and that's why I want to get this information out, especially to my younger audience.

The key to succeeding is FUELING yourself properly, eating enough of the right calories. It's also important to keep learning and to always be curious. I recommend subscribing to the YouTube channels above to keep the positivity and information flowing. Anyone can do this!

10 comments:

  1. I am so happy that you have created this, Annie. I myself am an inspired vegan and am very interested in all your resources. <3

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  2. Annie, I have been a follower for a couple of years and I still learn new things from you every time! :) All of your health content is amazing and so helpful. You are truly a huge inspiration to so many and you inspire me to love myself, continue to better myself and make the most of my life. ♡ thank you! :)

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  3. What about nutrients that are only presnet in animal foods such as vitamin B12 which is so important and which the deficiency can cause severe and irreversible damage?

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    1. You can take a suplement for B12! :) Actually, alot of meat eaters are lacking in B12 as well!

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  4. Hi Annie! First of all, thank you for your channel! I've been following you for 2 years now and went through your change of lifestyle (fabulous makeup tutorials to raw vegan channel) and I find it very inspiring and informative.
    I have just one question for you: Do you work? Where do you fin the time to do this lifestyle? This question is because this year I gradually went vegetarian (like you say, changing one day to another doesn't work) and i work and study and live by myself and soemtimes I find it very hard to follow the diets strictly. I feel like you have to have too much time (not work or study) to have your lifestyle: always go to the grocery store, excersice and cook your meals and sleep at 9:30 (like you said you did)... how can you have the time to do this?!?! haha, thank you very much if you answer.

    Greetings from México.

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    1. Being vegan doesn't have to take any more time than the standard diet. Just buy alot of food at once, once a week is enough. And the more raw you eat the less time you'll need to spend on cooking, so it will be quicker than 'ordinary' food. Just eat the fruit as it is or mix it in a blender, takes no time at all :) And if your makeing cooked food, like curries with rice, soups or chilles, make alot of it and put it in your freezer. You can take a few hours on Sunday and make 3-4 dishes and a few portions of each, then you'll only have to cooke once a week or maybe even less! This is what I usually do and it works great even with a 9-5 job :) Hope this helps! xo

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  5. Thank you so much for this post. You really inspire me
    Have a nice day sweetheart :)

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  6. Dear Annie, thank you for this little summary of resources! Using the feasting time as a point to try out a vegan lifestyle - takes a bit of pressure off me to put it like that.

    Btw loved this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRr1Dvt5ITI

    for people who try to find a starting point / how to get into that lifestyle.

    Love from Berlin, Germany

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