Nowadays it’s common for people to be overly acidic. An overly acidic body is known as acidosis – at some point the body can’t function properly as it should and this can lead to many health issues, including depression, joint paint, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

When the pH goes off, oxygen delivery to cells suffers, constructive enzymes become destructive, and microbial looking forms in the blood can mutate shape, mirror pathogenicity and grow.

Total healing of some chronic illness is indeed possible, and can take place when the blood is restored to an alkaline pH. This can be achieved by nurturing your body with the right food, something very important to those fighting a disease or overcoming an illness, but also to those who just want to feel better and be healthier both now and in the long run.

The most alkaline foods are whole plant foods, and the most acidic & inflammatory foods are all those coming from animal sources and others such as alcohol, refined grains, highly processed foods, sugar, sodas, and junk food.

The key is to eat focusing around naturally more alkaline foods like greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds (versus roasted), beans and legumes – yes, all the super-foods! These foods are packed with healthy phytonutrients, health boosting and protecting antioxidants & fiber. Herbs and spices are also more alkaline, anti-inflammatory and boost immune function just like whole foods do.

Once you get to balance you pH you will start to notice positive improvements such as:

  • less pain from inflammation related conditions such as arthritis.
  • easier fat loss.
  • better digestion in general.
  • increased energy levels.
  • better mental focus and better mood.

What about some of those healthy whole foods that are acidic by nature like lemons and oranges? Are they bad for us?

No, not at all, and here’s why: whole plant foods are always naturally more alkaline; they contribute to an alkaline body when a balanced, healthy plant-based diet is followed, so a certain plant being slightly less alkaline than another won’t affect your health as much as the acidic foods will. Furthermore, once these naturally “acidic” plant-based foods’ minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc) enter our bloodstream and mix with our blood they actually alkalize the body.

Many people have seen their health dramatically improved, and also diseases reversed after following a balanced plant-based nutrition.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out the outstanding documentary “Forks over Knives” to learn more.

Where do you get YOUR protein?

Where do you get YOUR protein? Instead of worrying about how much protein we are getting, we should actually focus more on the SOURCES of our protein. Protein in our foods comes packaged together with other things that can either be harmful or healthful, depending on the source.

Protein from ANIMAL sources comes packaged with saturated fats, cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones including IGF1, estrogens, & progesterones, heme iron, choline & L-carnitine which are transformed into TMAO, heterocyclic amines, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, industrial pollutants such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, & dioxins, advanced glycation endproducts, & neu5GC.

These compounds are linked to inflammation, atherosclerosis, tumor cell growth, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, endocrine disruption, unhealthy weight gain, increased acid load, & negative changes in our gut bacteria. Even when we buy organic or grass-fed, we still get almost all of these noxious elements – they are inherent to the foods themselves.

In contrast, protein from PLANT sources comes packaged with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, fiber, & thousands of additional health-promoting phytonutrients including vitamins, polyphenols, & other antioxidants.

This combination is a winning one, as it lowers oxidative stress and inflammation, increases insulin sensitivity, promotes a healthy gut microbiome, & reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, gout, kidney stones, & fatty liver disease, among others. Plant protein has even been shown to decrease the risk of premature death compared to animal protein.

We can get ALL of the protein we need from plants. The choice is yours. Where will you get your protein?

How A Vegan Diet Can Improve Your Marathon Training

Sharing this great article which was recently published on hype.news.

With the Marathon looming it seems to be all anybody is talking about (or at least posting about on Instagram!) And with so many people running year after year, many are looking for that change in their training to give them an edge. Detox-Fit, a leading London fitness brand specialising in personal training, encourages one key difference to make to your training – a Vegan diet.

There seems to have been a lot of hype to the Vegan diet – or should I say, lifestyle – recently, with the magnitude of Veganuary and a rapidly growing collection of people making the change. With so many athletes now swearing by a Vegan diet as well, maybe it’s something more of us should be looking into?
Evany Ibáñez-Banczer, co-director and co-founder of Detox-Fit, and author of “Run, Little Benjamin, Run!” explains why a Vegan diet is not only good for your overall health, but can give you that edge you need in the lead up to the marathon.

Improved Cardiovascular Health

Using meat and dairy products as main sources of protein results in high levels of saturated fats and clogged arteries. A plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, legumes and vegetables, however, will lower cholesterol, clear arteries, decrease plaque in your blood vessels, and provide protein and antioxidants to give you a cardiovascular system that will have you running longer and training harder.

Improved Digestive System
Loading up on calories through meat and dairy can leave you feeling full and bloated – bad news for a runner! A Vegan diet, however, is naturally high in fibre and nutrient rich, which helps support digestive health by keeping your body running smoothly while providing all the nutrition needed for a long race. 
Yes, a Vegan diet provides all the necessary protein and amino acids needed for training. Numerous studies, as well as professional athletes, are now experiencing huge benefits from plant-based proteins such as rice and pea. These proteins are proven to provide a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) equivalent to the PDCAAS of whey protein, without whey protein’s digestion difficulties and high acidity.

Improved Recovery
The go-to sources to promote recovery are often meat and eggs. However, these animal products also produce high levels of acidity in the body, which can affect the pH level in your blood and lead to inflammation – thus, impeding recovery. Plant-based sources of protein, however, react differently in the body, producing an alkaline instead which improves recovery by lowering inflammation.

Improved Physique Maintenance

Since a Vegan diet isn’t packed full of saturated fat and, largely speaking, involves less processed food, maintaining an athlete’s physique becomes easier without a great deal of effort. A well-balanced diet is still important, and too many sugary snacks will be detrimental, but a Vegan diet encourages a healthier way of thinking and drastically limits your intake of food which could hinder your progress.

Professional Athletes Do It!
Lauren Goss, a professional triathlete who only recently converted to a Vegan diet now swears by it for her training, reporting she now sleeps better, recovers faster, has more energy and less digestive stress.
Scott Jureck, author of “Eat & Run” and a vegan ultra-runner, explains he tried going Vegan purely to run faster and it worked. Running the Minnesota Voyageur 50-mile race three times before he won, Jureck says his Vegan diet was the key difference, after realising he could run smarter by eating smarter.

And finally, Ross Edgley, a professional endurance athlete, who famously ran 30 marathons in 30 days on a treadmill in his kitchen, goes Vegan before all of his events, explaining that animal protein requires more effort to digest and a plant-based diet is beneficial to his cardiovascular as well as overall health and immune function.

Eggs aren’t healthy or safe

When an individual egg company wants to run an ad campaign, they can say whatever they want, but if an egg corporation wants to dip into the 10 million dollars the American Egg Board sets aside for advertising, as the board is overseen by the federal government, corporations are not allowed to lie with those funds – epic stuff, eh?!
 Check this out: By law, it’s illegal to advertise eggs as healthy or nutritious. As stated by the USDA “The egg industry needs to steer clear of words like healthy or nutritious.” This is the USDA talking!
However, the USDA helpfully suggests, “you can say eggs are naturally nutrient dense.” Wait a second why can you say eggs are nutrient dense but not nutritious? Aha, it’s because there’s no legal definition of “nutrient dense.” You can say Coca-Cola is nutrient dense, but legally, you can’t say something is nutritious unless it’s actually… nutritious.
  • Egg corporations aren’t allowed to say things like “Eggs are an important part of a well balanced, healthy diet”
  • “Nutritional powerhouse” can’t be used.
  • Can’t portray eggs as a diet food because of the saturated fat and cholesterol content. In fact they have nearly twice the calories of anything that can be called low-calorie.
  • Instead of weight loss ads can go with “can reduce hunger.” See these clowns’ cleverness? Yeah, a food that when eaten can reduce hunger – what a groundbreaking concept.
  • Can’t say eggs are good for you.
  • Can’t say eggs are low in saturated fat—they’re not.
  • Can’t say they’re relative low in fat – they’re not!
  • Can’t call them a rich source of protein – they’re not!
  • Can’t say eggs are “nutritious” at all – Eggs have so much cholesterol you can’t even say they contribute nutritionally.
  • Can’t say eggs are healthful. “All references to healthfulness must be deleted.”
  • Can’t say eggs are healthy, as they contain significant amounts of fat & cholesterol, which contributes to the leading killer in the Western, heart disease.
  • As they can’t say eggs are a healthy start to the day, the USDA suggests “a satisfying start.”  Ha, nice one.
  • They can’t even refer to eggs as safe – “All references to safety must be removed” because more than a hundred thousand Americans are Salmonella poisoned every year from eggs. Also because of  avian influenza. “Instead of safe you can call eggs fresh,” the USDA marketing service helpfully suggests.
  • The industry doesn’t say the truth about the poor hens that lay the eggs. The American Egg Board states “Do not show multiple birds in cages-they look too crowded and open us up to activist criticism.” In other words, DO NOT SHOW THE TRUTH TO THE PUBLIC.
Wait a second: Eggs can’t be called healthy and safe? Says who… Says the egg industry and the US Department of Agriculture.
For more information check out Dr Michael Greger’s full article HERE.
More information on The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: www.pcrm.org

Chicken Fecal Soup

Have you ever heard of “fecal soup”?  Over 130 million chickens are killed every day worldwide to be turned into products. During processing the chicken corpses are disemboweled and later soaked in a chill tank before being packaged and sent to distributors.

A federal inspector said, “We often see birds going down the line with intestines still attached, which are full of fecal contamination. If there is no fecal contamination on the bird’s skin, however, we can do nothing to stop that bird from going down that line. It is more than reasonable to assume that once the bird gets into the chill tank, that contamination will enter the water and contaminate all of the other carcasses in the chiller. That’s why it’s called ‘fecal soup.’”

Tests carried out have shown that fecal bacteria tested positive and as present in nearly 50% of the samples. High cooking heat to cook the chickens’ flesh does not remove the feces – it merely cooks it along with the muscle tissue.

See below a list with the 5 worst contaminants in chicken products:

1. Feces: Chickens can soak in “fecal soup” for up to an hour before being packaged for consumers.

2. Toxic chemicals: Peracetic acid and chlorine are both commonly used to treat chicken for contaminants.

3. Superbugs: Nearly 75% of bacterially tainted chicken products harbour germs resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.

4. Carcinogens: Arsenic in chicken can increase the risk of lung and bladder cancer deaths.

5. Cholesterol: Both 4 ounces of cow and 4 ounces of chicken contain approximately 100 mg of cholesterol.

Funny how none of these are ever shown on the labels, right?

When it comes to fat, there is this persistent myth that says that chicken meat is low in fat, which in fact isn’t true as typical chicken servings are about 50% fat, 30% of it saturated, which stimulates the body’s production of cholesterol. Regarding nutritional value chicken has pretty much zero, no fiber and no antioxidants.

It should be compulsory for these nasty products to come in accurately and honestly labelled packages, to inform consumers that they are very likely eating feces and several other contaminants. And also showing pictures of what the animals go through before becoming a product, instead of showing deceiving fantasy cartoon images of happy smiling chickens dancing and saying “eat me, I’m cheap.”

For more references see www.tinyurl.com/pmf6x8t

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

The Alkaline Power

Total healing of chronic illness can take place only when and if the blood is restored to an alkaline pH.

This can be easily achieved by nurturing your body with the right foods. And the best way to do  this and improve your health is to eat from the earth, providing your body with the most healing, nutrient-dense  and alkaline foods. This is important for everyone, and particularly to  those who are fighting a disease, overcoming an illness, or to those who just want to feel better and be healthier now and in the long run.

Nowadays more and more people are becoming familiar with the concept of alkalinity. Like other herbivores, our human bodies thrive in an alkaline state, unlike carnivores.

The most alkaline foods are most plants. On the other hand, animal-based foods such as dairy, meat, eggs and fish are some of the most acidic and inflammatory foods that exist for us. Sadly, these are also the majority of foods that most people eat as part of their average Western Diet. This, consequently leads to an array of health problems. Other inflammatory foods are alcohol, sugar, refined grains, highly processed foods, junk foods, fast food and sodas.

When the pH goes off, oxygen delivery to cells suffers, enzymes that are constructive become destructive, and microbial looking forms in the blood can change shape, mutate, mirror pathogenicity and grow.  Nowadays it’s common for people to be overly acidic. An overly acidic body is known as acidosis – at which some point the body can’t function properly as it should. Thus, this can lead to heart disease, diabetes, general joint pain, cancer, and even just depression.

Alkaline quote

The key is to reduce as many acidic foods in your diet as possible, emphasizing naturally more alkaline foods like greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds (versus roasted), beans, legumes, and most common superfoods out there. Herbs and spices are also more alkaline than acidic foods listed above, and many are actually anti-inflammatory and boost immune function just like whole foods do.

And what about those healthy whole foods that are naturally acidic? Are they bad for us? Absolutely not, here’s why: Plant-based foods are always naturally more alkaline than animal foods, specially when they come from whole foods instead of from processed foods. When a balanced and healthy plant-based diet is followed these also have and alkalizing effect in our body. It doesn’t matter than some plant-foods are a bit more alkaline than others – this won’t have a negative to your health as much as the acidic foods mentioned earlier will as, once these naturally acidic plant-based foods’ minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc) enter our bloodstream and mix with our blood, they alkalize the body.

Alkalinity image

Many people have seen their health dramatically improved, and also disease, including cancers, totally reversed after being put on balanced plant-based diet.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we strongly recommend you watch the outstanding documentary “Forks over Knives.” To learn more about alkalinity, the relation between consuming animal products and their detrimental effect in our health and what other foods to our bodies, also check out doctors and specialists such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Garth Davies & Dr. William Castelli, director of the Framingham Heart Study.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer


Fighting the world’s protein obsession

The world’s protein obsession

The world is obsessed with protein. We are sick of hearing it all the time. “I must eat a lot of meat and eggs to put on more muscle,” he says. “I need to lose weight so I’m on a low carb and high protein diet,” she says. “I’m being great with my food – Every day I have a whey protein shake,’ she says. ‘I’m eating healthy now, eggs everyday and also chicken and salmon,” he says. It’s so frustrating and sad to see how many people are so misinformed. But it isn’t a coincidence that this protein obsession is happening.

So why are people obsessed with protein?

Two main elements:

  • The obscenely wealthy multibillion dollar meat, egg and dairy industry (which happens to be subsidized by the government) that constantly tell you to eat the stuff and, by doing so, happens to make plenty of $$$££$$$$$$$££££$$$$$…
  • A superbly effectively implemented brainwashing action on the mass public. Yes, on you too.

This is why people desperately consume animal products non-stop, thus contributing to the most profitable business in the human history = meat, egg and dairy. Not only the most profitable, but also the most pointless and the most destructive. 

Ok, let’s go step by step. Let’s do this!

What is protein?

Protein is a compound made up of amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of major parts of the human body. There are 20 amino acids, 8 or 9 which are called essential amino acids, and which you need to get from food.

Protein is in almost all food

There is this crazy mass misconception that protein = meat and animal derivatives, and the rest are carbohydrates. This is so ridiculously sad and false, as almost every single whole plant food contains at least more than 2.5% protein. It is, however, a very convenient misconception, as this is the reason why most people think that we need to eat meat and animal products as, otherwise, we wouldn’t get enough protein, get sick and die in horrible unexpected circumstances. What a melodrama.  Protein is one of the easiest nutrients to get. If you are eating enough food, you are certainly eating more than enough protein. Contrary to popular belief (making reference again to that crazy mass misconception mentioned above) the best recommended sources of proteins are those of non-animal origin, as these are high in saturated fats, cholesterol, have very little to offer nutritionally, are devoid of any fibre and are very poor in essential vitamins and minerals.

So where do we get our protein?


Protein is not just about quantity. It’s also about quality.

There is more than plenty of scientific literature and evidence which clearly states that the more animal protein you eat, the more likely you are to get sick and die from a myriad of all the current top killers in the Western world. As documented on of the biggest epidemiological and nutritional study in the history of man, The China Study, a plant-based nutrition prevents, treats or cures heart diseasesprostatecolonbreastovarian and pancreatic cancers, kidney diseasediabetesosteoporosishigh blood pressureobesityasthma and impotence, just to name a few.

Animal protein is one of the most metabolically acidic foods humans eat. It creates conditions of acidity within our alkaline bodies after ingestion, forcing the body to seek to return to an alkaline state through demineralization of the bones and the cells, which leads to weakened bones and ultimately osteoporosis. If the protein content of your diet exceeds the amount you need, not only will your liver and kidneys become overburdened, but you will start leaching calcium from your bones to neutralize the excess animal protein that becomes acidic in the human body.

At Detox-Fit, we recommend plant-based protein sources which are packed with nutrients, vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and goodness.

According to a plethora of scientific articles, most meatdairy and egg-eaters will get cancerosteoporosis or diabetes, while more than 50 percent will have a non-genetically-induced heart attack or stroke.

Concerning cancer, there’s no doubt that sugar, the oil and fat in fried foods, artificial additives, human-made trans fatty acids found in junk food, and the excessive amount of refined carbohydrates found in white rice, white bread, and pasta cause health problems, while non-dietary factors harm us, too. Stress, a lack of sleep, smoking tobacco, chemical pollution, and a lack of exercise can wreak havoc on the body. However, since animal flesh and the things that come out of animals are always toxic, the main cause of cancer will always be animal protein, casein, the excessive amount of fat found in all animal products, and the 2-9 percent of naturally-occurring trans-fatty acids found in meat and dairy. Since cancer thrives in the acidic environment that animal protein creates, it is essential to eat plant-based foods exclusively, and control the non-dietary factors to the best of your ability. Check out this 2014 University of Southern California study which clearly indicts animal protein as a deadly toxin.

As for osteoporosis, animal protein contributes to this problem because keeping blood and tissues at a neutral Ph balance always takes priority over keeping calcium phosphate in the bones. Bones can hold out for years with insufficient calcium, but blood and tissue cannot because they need phosphate to offset the acidity. When the body becomes acidic with animal protein, it withdraws calcium phosphate from the bones and uses the alkaline mineral phosphate to keep the Ph levels of blood and tissues balanced. The calcium is then excreted through our urine. Epidemiological evidence proves that people who consume the least amount of animal protein always have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

We are still looking for the first medical report in history that can indict broccoli, bananas or asparagus as a cause of illness.

As for diabetes, most people are unaware that animal protein and fat raise blood sugar as much as stress, and refined carbohydrates like white rice and sugar. Therefore, diabetes can be treated, controlled or cured with a low-protein, low-fat, low-sugar, low-refined-carbohydrate vegan diet, along with cardio exercise and a minimum amount of stress.

A 2013 study also showed that marijuana is of great benefit to diabetics. As you regain control of your blood sugar, you will probably have to continue taking insulin shots for a time. However, within one year, you should be able to do away with insulin completely! (Pig serum used to be the key ingredient in insulin until doctors discovered it exacerbated foot neuropathy and ocular issues. All insulin is now made synthetically from human insulin.)

But it isn’t a problem if you get sick. Actually, that’s good for business too, as the guys at the Big Pharma will always be happy to take over and “help you”,  basically selling you various pills and drugs – medications, they call it. What a nice vicious circle, huh?

Lentils, beans, leafy greens, whole grains, green peas, quinoa (which also contains all 9 essential amino acids), chickpeas, oatmeal, all kinds of sprouts, barley, buckwheat, any other meat natural plant-based replacements such as tofu, seitan or tempeh, hemp seeds (very high in protein), almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanut butter,  blue-green algae such as spirulina (highest source of protein at 68%), broccoli (also comes packed with a bevy of vitamins, calcium, and cancer-preventing fiber), spinach, wheat flour, nuts, seeds such as sesame (tahini), sunflower, poppy, pumpkin and chia seeds, edamane beans, mushrooms, asparagus, almond butter… There are ample amounts of protein in whole, natural plant-based foods.

A plant-based diet is void of cholesterol, lower in fat, saturated fat, and rich in fiber and nutrients, including phytochemicals,  and has been proven to prevent and even reverse diseases, even in those seriously and terminally ill.  

It was once wrongly believed that different plant proteins needed to be combined in specific ways at the same meal, like rice and beans, but that theory has been disregarded. Don’t worry about this. Your body is clever and, as long as it gets a wide variety of plant proteins, it naturally knows how to use them efficiently. You don’t have to worry about how to mix specific foods and times. Just eat right and in a balanced manner, and don’t forget to enjoy it.

So if you are looking for a high natural source of untouched protein which provides you with plenty of nutrients, vitamins and protective antioxidants and free of cholesterol and saturated fats, then plant-based protein is your best choice. Remember: your body doesn’t need any animal protein and is certainly doing more harm than good. But your body does need and thrives when you feed it with powerful plant nutrients. .

How much protein do we need?

According to WHO (World Health Organisation) we need just 5% of our daily calorie intake from protein. We recommend a maximum of about 10%. Most people eat too much protein, when our bodies need far less protein that you may think. The average meat eater consumes more protein than their body’s need, which is hazardous for the health, as the body cannot handle it effectively.

You will find countless of misleading articles online telling you that protein is incredibly important and that you must, literally, stuff your face with meat, dairy and eggs non-stop to be strong and healthy, look fantastic, achieve your perfect weight loss goal and even find your perfect soul mate.  And probably win the lottery too. Basically they will tell you that meat and animal products are the Holy Grail and that you must consume this desperately and on a daily basis. And most people will effectively follow. And mix it with some liver too, they say. And don’t forget to add some double extra cheese on it. These articles will usually be accompanied by several pictures of bloody pieces of meat and other corpses which are meant to make you drool and bring your zombie instinct (if you have one) out.  Anyway, these articles are totally wrong and misinformed. A pack of convenient lies. Furthermore, they are dangerous.

We need as little as 2.5% and a maximum of 15% of protein from our daily calorie intake.The current recommended daily allowance for protein for the average adult is 0.8 – 1.0 mg/ per kg body weight.  This also includes a safe margin of error. A sufficient protein intake will be 10-15% max of daily calories. The obscenely wealthy meat, dairy and egg industries have done an excellent job of making everyone believe that you need EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS (25, 35, 50, even 60 or more percent) of protein in your diets.

However, healthy protein intake—plant-based—should not be over 15 percent of your diet. Anyone who recommends more than that is misinformed, uninformed, fatuous or lying. The amount of protein in mother’s breast milk is only 5 percent, measured in terms of caloric expenditure, yet breast milk spurs rapid growth in the infant through the first months and years of her life.

There isn’t even a medical term for “protein deficiency.”

When was the last time that you saw someone being hospitalized from a protein deficiency? Never, because it doesn’t happen, as there is virtually no such thing as a protein deficiency in the developed world, except perhaps in people who are severely restricting their overall total calories (perhaps because of fasting, eating disorders or illness).

It’s impossible to design a protein deficient diet based on sufficient calories.

Too much protein however, is quite common, especially among low carb dieters.  The symptoms of too much protein may include: low energy, low inmune system, constipation, tiredness, dehydration, lethargy, heavy feeling, weight gain, sweet cravings, feeling “tight” or stiff in the joints, stubborn body fat that won’t go away in some areas, body becomes overly acidic, kidney function issues and declines (due to the stress required to process excess proteins — the kidney faces increased pressure to filter toxins and waste), foul body odour, halitosis, and calcium loss to compensate for acidic status in body.

One of the funny things with the protein myth is that no one really cares about your protein intake… until they hear you are vegan. Oh yes. Then, automatically, everybody becomes an expert in nutrition, health and fitness, and seemingly seriously concerned about your bloody protein intake. Well, we actually happen to be specialists on this subject, as this is what we professionally do and, having been on both sides of the story we also have the full scope of things from first hand experience.


If you are vegan or follow a plant-based nutrition you surely must have heard The Question. Yes, you know which question. “Where do you get your protein?”  That question that may make you want to scream in frustration. It certainly makes me want to scream in frustration, I admit it. If we had a pound for each time we’ve been asked this question we’d filthy rich by now. Maybe we should start asking…


However, it is important to remember that this question is merely fuelled by ignorance and misinformation, and so every time it’s asked there is a shining and beautiful opportunity to educate others who, in return, will then be able to educate others. At the end of the day, there was a time when I asked this question myself. That’s the power of the brainwashing action for you. The good news is that, as long as you have an open mind and are welcoming to gain more knowledge, it’s possible to wake up from the soporific state.

Protein versus Carbohydrates: The Perfect Balance

Many people thing that the main thing they need to eat is protein and that carbohydrates are evil. No, no, no.

So what should be the perfect balance between protein and carbohydrate?

Food is (or should be) your body’s fuel. So Food = Fuel = Energy.

Your body needs energy constantly. Your body’s primary source of energy is Carbohydrates, secondly Fat. As a last resource, if there aren’t any carbohydrates or fat resources it’ll get energy from Protein. Which isn’t good, as protein isn’t (and shouldn’t be) an energy source.

So carbohydrates are the most important and should be consumed in higher excess than protein. Whatever your health and fitness goals. Weight loss, muscle building, endurance, anything. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Be better than that.

Unlike many people think carbohydrates aren’t just the starchy ones such as potatoes, bread and pasta. No, no, no. Foods such as peppers, aubergines, courgettes, lentils, broccoli… are also carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred and number one source of energy. Our brain need carbs just to think, to maintain alertness and concentration. Our bodies need carbs to move, to do things. You need carbs to think, to move, to become stronger, to become faster, to have more energy in order to be stronger, and to be able to build more muscle, if that’s what you want.

Yes. If you want to develop more muscle mass, you need plenty of carbohydrates, to be stronger and be able to lift heavier weights and have more energy. The stronger you are, the heavier you will lift and the bigger the muscle gain you will see. Simple. You don’t get muscles for eating chickens, pigs, livers and eggs, but for putting in the hard work, training hard and lifting heavy weights. Otherwise the whole world would be filled with Arnold Schwarzenegger lookalikes walking around. And, last time I checked, that wasn’t the case.

If you don’t consume enough carbohydrates you have a problem. And this, currently, is a common problem which we see all the time, and a burden when it comes to weight loss, fitness, energy and general health.

Many top athletes, bodybuilders and sportsmen and women follow the 80/10/10 plant-based ratio to support and promote health and fitness. 

80% of the calories come carbohydrates (veggies, fruits, grains, legumes…), 10% come from plant-based protein, and the rest 10% come from healthy plant fats.

For all you muscleheads who think vegans can’t be athletic or big, check out these guys below who follow the 80/10/10 plant-based balance.

Want to see more? Many more here:  Vegan Bodybuilding, OrganicAthlete, Great Vegan Athletes, MeatFreeAthlete,VegRunChat.com and Vegan Fighter.

Getting enough protein on a plant-based nutrition

Getting enough protein on a plant-based nutrition isn’t an issue at all. It’s very simple and it shouldn’t be of concern for anyone.

Contrary to the misinformation spewed forth by uninformed people, there is no shortage of protein in a plant-based diet. Virtually all amino acids are found in the plant kingdom with almonds, bananas, bean sprouts, brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, coconuts, corn, dates, eggplant, filberts, goji berries, alfalfa sprouts, okra, pecans, soy, spirulina (seaweed), squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tempeh (fermented soy), tomatoes, walnuts and wheatgrass being complete proteins. However, as advised, consuming all amino acids at one meal is unnecessary. Meat, dairy and egg-eaters receive NO benefit from eating complete animal-based proteins except having a complete chance at cancer, osteoporosis and a host of other ailments. Beans, brown rice, cacao/chocolate (genuine cacao/chocolate is a bean), grains (all), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seed), lentils, nuts (all), seeds (all), vegetables (all), and all plant-based meats/dairy are great sources of protein, too. Even fruit has around 5 percent protein, which is the same amount of protein human babies receive from mother’s breast milk.

There is NO need for most people to actually track their protein intake. If you’re just a healthy person trying to stay healthy, then simply eating quality protein with most of your meals (along with nutritious plant foods) should bring your intake into an optimal range.

For a detailed list of protein-rich foods, check out this chart.

For an explanatory video about protein, check out Freelee, an Australian native and raw food guru.

Just to show you how simple it is to reach your body’s protein needs, let’s take an example of a 75kg person.  It is recommended that this person eat 60-75 grams of protein per day.

Here are some common plant foods with their protein amounts:

  • 1 burrito with rice, beans and vegetables = 40 grams protein
  • 1 cup tempeh = 30 grams protein
  • 1 peanut butter and jelly sandwich = 20 grams protein
  • 1 bowl of cereal with soy milk = 20 grams protein (depending on brands)
  • 1 large salad with vegetables, sunflower seeds and raisins = 20 grams protein
  • 1 cup tofu = 18 grams protein
  • 1 falafel sandwich with 3 balls, hummus & tahini = 18 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked lentils = 16 grams protein
  • ½ cup quinoa = 13 grams protein
  • ½ cup cooked split peas = 11 grams protein
  • ½ cup hummus = 10 grams protein
  • 1 bagel = 10 grams protein
  • ½ cup black beans = 9 grams protein
  • 1 cup soymilk = 8 grams protein (depending on brand of soymilk)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal = 7 grams protein
  • 1 oz soy cheese = 7 grams protein (depending on type of cheese)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter = 7 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked pasta = 7 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice = 5 grams protein
  • 1 oz cashews or almonds = 5 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked broccoli = 5 grams protein
  • 1 cup cooked spinach = 5 grams protein
  • 1 whole avocado = 4 grams protein
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread = 3 grams protein
  • 1 Tbsp tahini = 2.6 grams protein
  • 1 falafel ball = 2.5 grams protein

So if our person has 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup soymilk and 1 oz of almonds for breakfast (20 grams protein);  a falafel sandwich and a green salad with sunflower seeds for lunch (38 grams protein); an apple and a spoonful of peanut butter for a snack (4 grams protein); and a tofu-vegetable stir-fry over brown rice for dinner (25 grams protein); he eats approximately 87 grams of protein and easily meets his recommended daily allowance. See how easy that was?

But, as mentioned above, there is NO need to go around counting your daily grams of protein intake. As long as you follow a balanced and calorie healthy plan you will be fine. Promise!

So it’s time to set the record straight. Enough of this protein myths, lies and obsession.

Feel free to send the following info to all your bewildered friends and family who just can’t seem to understand how those who follow a plant-based diet are not only alive, but actually thriving on good health.

For those of you who follow a plant-based vegan diet, the next time someone asks you where you get your protein, suppress the urge to scream in frustration, you know what to say. And always remember, that there was probably a time when you asked the same.

For those who would like to learn more about how to easily and effectively follow a delicious and super-healthy plant-based nutrition plan, just get in touch with us and we will be very happy to help.


By Evany Ibáñez -Banczer

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