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Walking around my hometown of Sydney during the catastrophic bushfire season of November 2019 was a stark reminder of just how real and dire the climate crisis is. Wildfires were ravaging New South Wales and other parts of Australia, and the thick smoke blanketed our beautiful city. We had been warned to stay indoors, because the air quality had reached such hazardous levels.
I observed hundreds of people walking around smoke-filled streets with face masks on, myself included. I visited eight different stores trying to buy an air purifier, along with everyone else it seemed, because every shop I walked into had sold out. It wasn’t until I went into the ninth store that I managed to buy the last one in stock and I was so grateful. Others were lining up only to walk out empty handed. Makeshift animal hospitals were being erected around parts of the state to treat the koalas (at least the ones we had left), and other wildlife affected by the fires. People were panicking and quite rightly, it was only the first week of summer. We knew it was likely to get worse. A lot worse.
Climate change, global overpopulation, pollution and mass extinction is real and upon us like never before, but we have been warned. Again and again. You read it, you hear it, over and over – society in general blaming global leaders for their lack of action. And I agree, totally. But at the end of the day, there is no point in only blaming others. After all, it’s the demands of society that drives the decisions of governments. Yes, I hate to be the bearer of bad news… that’s you and me.
We all want change, but no one wants to change.
It’s no longer deniable that global animal agriculture and societies love for meat and dairy products is high up on the list of causes of our planet’s demise.
“Livestock is the world’s largest user of land resources, with pasture and arable land dedicated to the production of feed representing almost 80% of the total agricultural land. One-third of global arable land is used to grow feed, while 26% of the Earth’s ice-free terrestrial surface is used for grazing.” (1)
According to University of Oxford researcher, Joseph Poore, “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use…..It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions. (2)
So, we’ve established that animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, but the good news is, unlike shutting down a global fossil fuel company like Exon Mobil, there’s a solution to fixing this problem – we can reduce our intake of animal products and increase the plant products we consume. It really is that simple!
What are the advantages of getting more plants in your diet?
Another major advantage of reducing animal products and increasing plant foods is that it comes with great health benefits, so it’s a win, win.
The recent Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (3) found that 22 percent of deaths worldwide, that’s 11 million a year, are due to poor diet choices. Eating a diet high in red and processed meat made the list of the top 15 dietary factors in death, but so too did high sodium intake and inadequate intake of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds. The bottom line is, piling your plate with whole plant-based foods lowers your risk of disease.
So, we know humans can thrive on a well balanced plant-based diet (4) and you can get all the healthy fats, protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and amino acids you need from plant based sources, with the exception of vitamin B12(5). With all of the above in mind, there is no better time like the present to ramp up the plants on your plate.
With all the conflicting information out there it’s no wonder people feel overwhelmed and confused around plant-based eating. I honestly think it’s the reason people put it into the ‘too hard basket’. By far, the most common question I get is:
“But, where do I start?”
How to get more plants on your plate.
Answering this is an entire article in itself, but I can tell you from experience, education and planning is the key to this lifestyle. It all starts with forming good habits and the best way to form good habits is to just start.
GET EDUCATED: get yourself informed about your food and the impact it has on your health and the environment and understand the best techniques around creating good habits. The best documentaries to watch about food and the environment are:
- Forks Over Knives
- Food Matters
- What The Health?
The best book to read about creating habits is:
- Atomic Habits
GET PLANNING: as we said above, the insider’s trick to going plant-based is planning, and by planning we mean meal planning. That can start with just one meal a day. To help you with that and to give you access to all our tasty recipes with easy step-by-step instructions, we’ve created Pistuu. You can download it on Apple and Android today.
How to get more plants into your Christmas feasts
Now, I know you’re saying to yourself “I’ll start after Christmas”, but will you? We all know change happens when your actions are bigger than your excuses, right?
Well, one thing I’ve learned in life is if you overcome the biggest obstacle first it makes everything else seem like a breeze. So, why not make this Christmas a plant-filled Christmas? It will at least be one to remember.
Now this is where Pistuu can step in and help you.
And just quickly, if this whole idea is new to you, let me give you a bit of background. As an ex-meat loving foodie and passionate cook I know all too well the dreadful thought of ‘missing out’ on your favourite foods, especially those that you enjoy at times of social significance and tradition like Christmas. The trick is to make food so frickin’ awesome that you totally forget it’s plant-based.
We’re excited to share an easy and scrumptious plant-based Christmas Day feast for you that will impress the meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike!
There’s no weird ingredients that require you to go to Timbuktu to find and we’ve designed it so most of the recipes can be made or semi-prepped in advance. Because who wants to spend all day in the kitchen? Urm, no thanks! And we think it’s totally appropriate to delegate a recipe (or two, or three) to family and friends. Sharing is caring and that’s what we’re all about. Caring for your health, caring for the animals, caring for the planet and caring for future generations.
TEAM PISTUU xx
If you’re planning a more planet-friendly Christmas meal this year and need some inspiration, look no further! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pistuu to bring you a mouth-watering, Alternative Christmas Feast Menu, complete with ideas for starters, mains, sides, dessert… and even a “No-Egg Eggnog”. YUM YUM YUM! To get your FREE recipe book, simply click HERE.
Pistuu helps busy professionals and families discover and create amazing weekly plant-based meal plans. Each one of Pistuu’s 100% plant-based recipes are carefully crafted to make them super easy to follow. They’re nutritious, delicious and done and dusted in 20-40 minutes. You can download it on Apple and Android today.