We all know that living a healthy diet is the key to a good life. Well, we’ve all heard a lot of diet plans, food regimens, and other stuff that promised to give us just that. Unfortunately, these solutions are more or less lacking. It would be nice to have something that would actually work. Which bring to our attention a diet plan that is being promoted by no less than Alicia Silverstone. She calls it the Kind diet.
Touted as the secret in achieving a celebrity star’s body (and beauty), the Kind diet is an entirely vegetarian meal. It can be divided into three stages. The first stage, called the flirting, is the period where you slowly replace your meat with plant-based foods. The next stage is the vegan stage, where you exclude all meat products except its substitutes, and subsist mostly on grains, vegetables, and fruits. Last is the superhero stage, where there is no meat at all. You are solely to eat grains, fruits, and sea vegetables.
Like all vegan diets, the Kind diet has many benefits. It can be said that a well-planned vegan diet can improve the physical and mental health of its practitioners. Coupled with enough exercise and fluid intake, diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems can be reduced. According to Kate Geagan, RD, author of Go Green, Get Lean, vegans are observed to live longer, have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and often weigh less than their meat-eating counterparts.
If American can just cut back on their meat consumption, and consume more vegetables and grains, then they can reduce their chances of developing serious medical conditions in the future. If they use the Kind diet, then they will actually be saving the environment as well. According to a paper published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “a non-vegetarian diet required 2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more primary energy, 13 times more fertilizer and 1.4 times more pesticides than a vegetarian diet.”
Still, like all vegan diets, it’s important to carefully monitor the food that one consumes. It must also be balanced. Children should be monitored carefully, since it the lack of nutrients that are derived from meat and other meat products could affect their growth and development.