Plant-based diets are getting a little less push-back than they used to.
We have gone from being crazy hippies to annoying vegans so maybe
the name calling hasn’t entirely stopped but the options have opened up wide.
When I first moved back from the west coast to Montreal, in 1999, the only place
I could find to buy tofu or soy milk was at a health food store.
Now, not only do mainstream grocery stores sell a ton of plant based alternatives
to animal proteins, many restaurants that sell predominantly meat dishes have started
offering vegan options.
It’s exciting to see the younger generations embracing plant based living more and more,
but what is surprising to me and so exciting, is how many older adults are starting to dabble in
and even adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Thanks to the internet and technology, we have much more access to information about where
our food is coming from and how it is processed, than ever before.
The combination of how little time family doctors now have with each patient and the increased
access to scientific research and information about health, aging, pharmaceuticals,
chronic disease etc… has a lot more people educating themselves before running to fill their prescriptions.
Scientific studies and years of experience and clinical findings from experts such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr T Colin Campbell, Dr Dean Ornish, and a handful of others; exploring whole food plant based diets in relation to treatment and prevention of heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disorders and disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease, have been making their way into the mainstream spotlight.
As a result, a growing number of physicians, are finally starting to shift focus away from medication and encourage seniors examine their lifestyles, quantity or exercise, and quality of food consumption (including a plant based diet) as a means to prolong and improve the quality of their lives.
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