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Hi Cutie,

The information I’m about to share with you is the product of half a lifetime of learning. I hope it will bring you the same health, wellness and sexy body it brought me! 😉

I’ve been meat-free for 24 years and vegan for 14, and my daughter has been vegan since she was conceived, so when it comes to thriving on the plant-based diet (or thriving in general), I’ve done the research for you!

I experimented with many, many vegan and plant-based diets—and have eight years of annual blood tests to back up my results—before arriving at my current lifestyle. Today, I’m a mama, latin dance champion, successful blogger, author and speaker, and thriving human being, and I’m in the best health of my life!

I want to help you get there too.

Since 2010, I’ve dedicated my life to supporting people like you in exploring a plant-based life, because I believe a thriving body is your birthright! I want you to understand—as I have come to understand—how the food you choose each day can nourish your mind, body and soul (and your family’s, too).

I continue to study the nutrition facts and figures behind my lifestyle every day, so you can rest assured that my advice will always reflect both my own experience (and that of my clients) and the latest scientific research. I’ll let you in on a secret, though: most of it we’ve known for decades! A high-carbohydrate, low-fat plant-based diet is the ultimate equation for a vitality and health.

I’ve been dancing my whole life. When I was 17, my doctor diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis and told me to stop, and that my body would be crippled by the time I reached 22. Last year, with a nine-month-old daughter at home, I became an Australian Latin Dance champion, and qualified for worlds.

Going plant-based changed my life.

I have been thriving for years now on this diet, and I’m not the only one! Athletes, celebrities, bodybuilders and models, as well as beautiful, sexy mamas around the world, are delighting in the benefits of this lifestyle.

Are you ready to join them?

A simple abundance of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains could change your life. It seriously doesn’t get any easier.

So, let’s begin by clearing up three common concerns about the plant-based diet, shall we? If you’re new to this, you’re probably concerned about three things: protein, calcium, and vitamin B12.

Protein

If you tell people that you and your family are exploring the possibilities of plant-based or vegan eating, you’ll probably get one question more than any other:

Where will you get your protein?

Let me explain exactly where you and your family will get your protein—and how you can be sure it’s enough.

Protein doesn’t have to come from animals. Plant protein is neither incomplete nor inadequate; in fact, it’s superior to animal protein because it’s high-fibre, low-fat and cholesterol-free. Animal protein (that is, dairy, meat and eggs), on the other hand, is is linked to increased risk of heart disease, loss of calcium from our bones, and poor kidney function. Nutritionists agree that adults who consume about 2000 calories per day from fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and/or legumes will get 50 grams of protein. A cup of chickpeas, for example, contains 12 grams of protein. Even if you eat nothing but fruit and veggies, you’re getting enough. Vegan adults, teens and children who eat a variety of plant foods get all the protein they need.

So:

Question: “But where will your daughter get her protein, plant-based mama?”

Answer: “From all the whole plants she eats!”

(If you want the really long answer to the, “Can you get enough protein from a solely plant-based diet?” question, I recommend reading T. Colin Campbell’s book, The China Study. It blew my mind.)

If you need some inspiration for plant-based, protein-full cooking, check out the gorgeous, simple recipes on my website!

Calcium

Are you concerned about whether you and your children will be able to meet your calcium needs? How do we know if we’re getting enough of this vital nutrient, and where do we get it if we want to consume less (dairy) milk, cheese and yoghurt?

Prepare yourself, because the truth about calcium is fascinating!

To keep your bones strong, you need to prevent your body from losing calcium—rather than focusing on boosting calcium intake.

Nowadays, many people avoid dairy because it contains saturated fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins and lactose sugar. Or they just don’t feel good after consuming it. Dairy products have been linked to Type 1 diabetes (juvenile-onset diabetes) and other serious conditions.

The plant-based diet offers many less dangerous sources of calcium.

In cultures where dairy products a rare or absent from traditional diets, people or none consume fewer than 500 milligrams of calcium per day, yet they generally have low rates of osteoporosis. This has led many scientists to believe that osteoporosis may have more to do with factors like lack of exercise than poor calcium intake. I just couldn’t make out how this paragraph was supposed to go. Please amend.

Our bones are constantly breaking down and making themselves anew—up to around our thirtieth birthday. After that, they tend to break down more than they rebuild. Too much calcium loss can lead to fragile bones or osteoporosis.

The major contributing factors to calcium loss are:

  • High-protein diets, which lead to a greater loss of calcium through urine. (Animal protein is much more likely than plant protein to cause this loss.)

  • High-sodium diets, which lead to greater loss of calcium through urine.

  • Caffeine, which increases the rate of calcium loss.

  • Smoking, which increases calcium loss.

The major contributing factors to bone-building are:

  • Exercise, one of the most important factors in bone health maintenance.

  • Sunlight, exposure to which enables the body to produce vitamin D.

  • Consuming an average of more than 2000 calories per day from fruits and vegetables, which helps keep the calcium in your bones. (For adults)

In summary, if you and your children are enjoying an abundance of fruits and vegetables each day, and if you’re all fully satisfied after each meal, then it’s highly likely that you and your little ones are meeting all your calcium needs. If you’re consuming calcium from plant-based sources, especially green vegetables and legumes, you’re providing your body with one of the building blocks for bone health. If you’re exercising and including a moderate amount of protein in your diet, you’re helping protect your bones. (Note: I present an in-depth discussion of protein in all my books and programs.)

Click HERE if you’d like a free e-book that’s jam packed with healthy, calcium-rich recipes.

Vitamin B12

Can you get enough Vitamin B12 from the plant-based diet?

That’s the third concern stopping many people from exploring the extraordinary benefits of a plant-based life. Let’s get you an answer so you can get on your way to your best health and sexiest body, okay?

Almost all the world’s health and nutrition professionals maintain that anyone who doesn’t eat meat must supplement their diet with a source of Vitamin B12. In reality, however, Vitamin B12 deficiency isn’t limited to vegetarians and vegans. It’s common among all humans today—not because they don’t get enough B12, but because they don’t properly produce and absorb it.

There are two primary vegan sources of natural Vitamin B12. Under ideal conditions, we should be able to meet our B12 requirements through either or both of them. Vitamin B12…

1. …is a waste product of a bacterium that lives in and on the plant and animal foods we eat

2. …is produced in the intestine and the mucosa of healthy humans.

If it’s true that plant and animal foods contain B12, and that our body produces it, why can humans be deficient in it?

These are three reasons our body can’t always make B12:

1. The produce we eat no longer contains B12, because the soil it grew in was damaged, or because the plants we eat have been modified.

2. We wash our produce too thoroughly.

3. We can’t absorb the B12 we eat.

You may have heard that sea life is a good source of Vitamin B12. This is unlikely, and I don’t recommend you consume it, because our nutritional requirements have adapted to consumption of plants from the land. Aquatic plants and animals aren’t our natural food, and their nutritional make-up doesn’t match our needs. Creatures such as unheated algae, spirulina and chlorella are also recommended. These aren’t plants, and therefore can’t be considered vegan. Raw seaweeds such as nori, wakame, dulse and kombu contain some human-active B12, but they also contain significant amounts of non-cobalamin analogs of B12 that actually interfere with absorption of true Vitamin B12!

Do you need a B12 supplement?

I recommend you go to your local GP and have a blood test to find out whether you need a supplement for this vital nutrient. Personally, taking supplements I didn’t need (because a well-intentioned doctor pushed me to do so despite my test results showing totally normal levels) wreaked havoc on my body for months! Of course, if you need it, take it. I’ve had clients who didn’t know they were B12 deficient start taking a supplement go from depressed, lethargic and unfocused to energetic, optimistic and joyful almost instantly. If you receive the supplement via injection, the effect is fast: within hours of the  injection, whether or not you really needed it, you’ll start experiencing these rapid mental and physical changes. Your health and well-being might suffer if you’re B12 deficient, but overdosing on it can prove equally damaging. Don’t go down the same road I did!

So, get your B12 level checked, dear mama. You deserve optimum health, and you deserve it now.

This is only the beginning…

There is so much more to know about thriving in a plant-based life, and I want to share it with you! Check out my many social media channels (below) to discover a whole community of like-minded mamas with wisdom and beauty to share! Consider my 30-day program (below) to jump-start your new, thriving life.

Your best health, sexiest body and happiest life are waiting for you, mama—let’s go get them!

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