Be Inspired: Towards a plant-based diet

Change the world - one bite at a time! A plant-based diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds - and limits meat, fish, dairy, eggs, cheese and other animal by-products. It differs largely from a vegan and vegetarian diet in that it promotes unprocessed foods. This Be Inspired feature explores the benefits of a plant-based diet, for the environment, the lives of farm animals and for our own health too.
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Dr John McDougall - "The food we were born to eat"

Dr John McDougall is one of the founders of the whole food plant-based movement and a best-selling author of several titles, including 'The Starch Solution'. Here in this TED Talk he explains how all the great civilisations of history have eaten a starch-based diet, and that the ideal human diet is one based on starch (eg. corn, rice, potatoes).

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Julieanna Hever - The Plant-Based Dietitian

Julieanna is author of 'Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot's Guide)', columnist for VegNews magazine and a special consultant to the 2011 movie Forks Over Knives. Here in this WXYZ-TV Detroit interview, she explains the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Brian Kateman - "Reducetarian"

Many people are aware that their food choices have real-world consequences but believe that the only solution is to completely eliminate meat from their diet. In this TED talk entitled "Ending the battle between vegans, vegetarians, and everyone else", Brian argues that the "reducetarian" movement can empower individuals to eat less meat with respect to their own diet in an easy and manageable way, thereby improving their health, the environment, and the lives of farm animals.

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Dr Michael Greger - "Food is Medicine"

Michael Greger, American physician and author, asserts that a whole foods, plant-based, healthy diet can not only prevent but can also reverse many chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and some cancers. Here he explores the difference between a plant based diet and veganism, and below explores in detail how what we eat affects our heatlth directly.

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Other Key Resources ...

Waste free

What the Health > 2017 documentary that critiques the health impact of meat and dairy product consumption.

Shaolin Kung Fu > For centuries, Shaolin have followed the principals and spiritual practices of the Buddha and Taoist way, which means adhering to a non-violent vegetarian diet.

23 World Class Vegan Athletes > The many elite athletes who follow a vegan diet include ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll and the world-record-holding strongman Patrik Baboumian.

Waste free

A series of articles from the Guardian show the significant environmental benefits of moving towards a plant-based diet.

What is the true cost of eating meat? > Concerns over the huge impact of the meat industry on the environment, human health and animal welfare.

The single biggest way to reduce your impact > Biggest analysis to date reveals huge footprint of livestock - it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland.

Animals farmed > A series looking at how the animals that feed us live, and how the business of feeding us works. What does it mean for the animals and for the planet?

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Ben Stiller - "the Miserable Vegan"

What’s the secret to staying young and healthy in Hollywood? Ben Stiller recently came out as a miserable vegan. Sure, he only eats kale chips and nut cheese, but he looks great right? See below for the many other celebrities who have chosen a plant-based diet.

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