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Plant-based diets are no longer a fad, but a trend that is curving upwards rapidly. The www.gamechangersmovie.com documentary shows just how powerful a plant-based diet can be for athletic performance at all levels. Although all fruits, vegetables (mushrooms included), nuts and herbs are delicious and good for you, cruciferous vegetables are powerfully good. The common ones are broccoli, cauliflower, kale, pak choy, cavelo nero, cabbage and brussel sprouts. Cruciferous veg contains a phytochemical called sulforaphane that upregulates a master regulator gene called NRF2. This in turn switches on a cascade of 100 other genes that are cell-protective.
You can get all your macros (protein, carbohydrates and fats) from fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts. Nuts particularly have ample amounts of protein and healthy fats, and we all know that the avocado is a staple of keto diet.
The brilliance of fruits and vegetables, even if they have fructose in them, is that the sugar molecule is so bound to the fibrous parts that we do not get the same negative insulin response that we do when we eat processed foods with added sugar.
For those folks who are industrious you can grow a lot of your own food, which has its own zen relaxation to it, and the cost of fruits and vegetables is lower pound for pound in nutritional value than meats and fish.
We can all be annoyed at the sanctimonious behaviour of some vegans from time to time, but one can just eat more vegetables without being holier than thou – you will be healthier than thou though!