The Plant Based Movement

Welcome to Vegan Health and Yoga!

I originally created this website as a blog to share with others that its so EASY going vegan. 

Contrary to what most believe, you CAN get enough nutrients on a plant based diet. In fact, its very likely you’ll get more nutrition than what your getting now. The bonus with getting more plant based however, is you’ll be CLEANSING your body at the same time.

In spite of all the science and books surrounding a plant based diet, many still make excuses and try to justify the "food" they eat. The truth is, most people know that if they change what they eat, their health could improve. We know that change can be difficult sometimes, especially when it comes to food. We’ve been accustomed to limiting ourselves and monitoring our caloric intake limited Let me just tell you, its not hard!

Today we are literally bombarded with so much confusing and contradictory “nutritionist advice” through television, the internet, nutritionist books, and even our own government! There are countless experts advising us on how and what we should eat. If that's the case, then why do we still have a growing epidemic of chronic diseases? The reason is that none of them are on the same page! Not only are many of these "experts" providing outdated information, some health experts are being paid to tell us junk food is ok!


Recently, trends on Google show more people worldwide are now searching for information related to a plant based life style. This growing “trend” indicates people are starting to wake up and realizing that there is a lot of confusion surrounding nutrition. They are also doing their own research and discovering the importance of getting more plants in their diet. This "woke" society has already created a shift in what they o. Ten years ago, rice and soy milk were the only kinds of vegan milk you could find. Now we can choose from coconut, almond, quinoa, cashew, hemp, and oat! People are buying a lot less meat and poultry too.

The closer we move our food choices over to the right and eliminate what’s on the left, the more natural and healthier our diet becomes!

Meat is not only unhealthy, its extremely unnatural to eat it, raw or cooked! Tons of research has proven a plant based diet is much healthier, but with an internet saturated with junk science, lies, confusion, finding the truth about our natural diet can seem impossible. The good news is transitioning from the SAD (standard American diet) or a traditional vegetarian diet isn’t hard at all. 

Why Vegan? That's an excellent question. Since there are so many diets out there to choose from such as the Atkins, Grapefruit, Cabbage Soup, Jennie Craig, Mediterranean, Beverly Hills, South Beach, Weight Watchers, The Zone to name a few, what makes the Whole Foods Plants Based diet come out the winner? Today we are literally bombarded with so much confusing and contradictory “nutritionist advice” communicated through television, the internet, nutritionist books, and even our own government! There are countless experts advising us on how and what we should eat yet none of them are on the same page. Some health experts are even being paid to wrongfully tell us junk food is ok!

I once thought veganism was an extreme way of eating and that my vegetarian ways were the healthiest. But a plant based diet isn’t extreme at all and is a lot more healthier. Today we have so much more studies proving this then ever before. The evidence shows our health is directly linked to the way we eat and drink and that eating more plants could be the SOLUTION for anyone. If you want to prevent, treat, and reverse your health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity, plant based food is the way. Some of the biggest epidemics in this country such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are linked to the food choices we make on a daily basis. Food has changed in the last 50 years and its pretty obvious that it just isn’t real anymore. Most grocery store items are isles of packaged and processed food offering “flavor like” options in the name of convenience. People want the “apple” flavor but not the apple itself. These convenience foods have become the staple in the American diet and the “road block” to eradicating preventable health problems. Isn’t it time we just take control and take back our health?!

I can’t completely change or control what my husband or anyone else eats but I can show him and others how easy it is to live plant based. What I can control is how my kid eats. I teach him to eat healthy now early in life so he could establish good habits. Since the age of 1, he’s loved green juices and smoothies and today can eat beans and broccoli by the bowl. My son never eats meat of any kind but I don’t worry because I know he’s getting his protein from healthier sources. At doctor visits, he’s categorized as being in the 95th percentile, meaning he’s growing better than most kids his age!

Veganism is the future. Trends on Google show more people worldwide are now searching for information related to a plant based life style. This growing “trend” indicates people are starting to finally care about what they eat and realizing the importance of getting more plants in their diet. It has created a shift in what people are buying too. In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a wider variety of vegan products now available in local stores. Ten years ago, unfortified rice and soy milk were the only kinds of vegan milk you could find, but now we can choose from coconut, almond, quinoa, cashew, hemp, and oat! People are buying a lot less meat and poultry too.

But one of the biggest missing puzzles are changes in the health care system emphasizing more plants and less pills. Of all the doctors I’ve seen in my life, not one has ever asked about my diet and lifestyle!  Doctors are just not required to learn enough about nutrition and quite frankly, its idiotic and scary. Instead of understanding how phytonutrients can work in healing disease they remain ignorant or call it out as “quakery” and continue to push their money making drugs causing more harm. But in the midst of this growing plant based movement,  things are finally starting to change where it counts:

  • The ENRICH Act was introduced (Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare) to grant funding for medical schools to finally teach doctors about nutrition. More than 94% of doctors confirmed they would like to use nutrition but admit not knowing how.

  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine presented new plant based guidelines to be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, which are the diet recommendations for Americans updated every 5 years. They also provide the basis for federal food and nutrition policies and education initiatives.

So as you can see, change is here and is starting to trickle into our government through educating doctors. Now its just up to us to finally make these changes for ourselves!

Lupita Ronquillo, CHN, CNHP
B. Sc. & M.S. Holistic Nutrition

Mostly Raw Nutritionist

Hatha Yoga Instructor & Running Injury Prevention Specialist

Veganism

For most of my 30’s, I thought veganism was an extreme way of eating and that vegetarian was healthier but a whole foods plant based, raw focused diet is the healthiest way to live. Today we have so much more studies proving this then ever before. Evidence shows our health is directly linked to the way we eat and drink and that ditching meat, dairy, and eggs can be the SOLUTION for anyone. If you want to prevent, treat, and reverse health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity, plant based food is the way. Some of the biggest epidemics in this country such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, are directly linked to the food choices we make on a daily basis. Food has changed in the last 50 years and its pretty obvious that it isn’t natural anymore. Most grocery store today are mostly isles of packaged and processed food offering “flavor like” options in the name of convenience. People want the “apple” flavor but not the apple itself. These convenience foods have become the staple in the American diet but the “road block” to eradicating preventable health problems. Isn’t it time we take control and claim back our health?!

Doctors and Nutrition

One of the biggest and important missing changes is in the health care system. Have you noticed how many ads we’re hit with selling pills?  Drug ads are everywhere! Truth is, we don’t need more pills, we need more plants! Of all the doctors I’ve seen in my entire life, not one has ever asked about my diet and lifestyle!  Doctors are not required to learn enough about nutrition, a very ignorant approach to health to say the least. Instead of understanding how real and natural food can assist the body in healing, they ignore the truth and call it out as “quakery” just to fill their pockets from prescribing harmful drugs. But in the midst of this growing plant based movement,  things are slowly starting to change at where it counts:

  • The ENRICH Act was introduced (Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare) to grant funding for medical schools to finally teach doctors about nutrition. More than 94% of doctors confirmed they would like to use nutrition but admit not knowing how.

  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine presented new plant based guidelines to be included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, which are the diet recommendations for Americans, federal food and nutrition policies, and education initiatives. But since they are only updated every 5 years, (3 would be better!) we shouldn’t wait nor fully rely upon what these guidelines will advise because they will likely always include meat and dairy. Unfortunately, big business such as the meat and dairy industry will continue to influence government policy and our food choices.

So as you can see, change is only “trickling” to educate doctors and the public but we need to act NOW. We simply can’t afford to wait for our government and mainstream doctors to tell us what we should eat or not eat because odds are, it will never happen.

Studying holistic nutrition has made me strongly aware of the dangers of eating unnatural “food” such as meat, cheese, dairy, and eggs. Considering how animals are raised, farmed, drugged, and treated under so called modern “advancements,” its no wonder why we have an epidemic of disease in this country. If meat eaters would open their eyes and see the torture and ugliness of what their eating, they would likely stop.