“In the next ten years, one of the things you’re bound to hear is that animal protein is one of the most toxic nutrients of all that can be considered. Quite simply, the more you substitute plant foods for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be.”

T. Colin Campbell

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Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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10 Responses to Nourishing?

  1. januaryrowe says:

    This is a good reminder! It is the way I think when it comes to butter vs coconut oil. I read such contradicting info about coconut oil’s healthiness… but I just remember that it’s at least helping me to get one step further from an animal product. 🙂 One day at a time… one food at a time!

    • Thanks so much for your comment January! I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but I also avoid oil as much as possible. The Engine 2 Diet does not include any oil, not even olive or coconut oil. I’m not strict about this, but I do try to avoid it as much as possible. This doesn’t mean that I follow a fat-free diet. I get my fats from whole foods like avocado, olives and nuts rather than from oils that have been extracted from foods.

      I thought it was going to be tasteless and impossible to avoid using oil, but once I learned a few tricks it’s not hard at all. And I really feel that giving up oil is a lot of why my husband and I lost so much weight on a plant-based diet.

      I’m not trying to convince you to go oil-free. I just thought I’d share. In case you’re interested, here’s a post that goes over why the Engine 2 Diet doesn’t use oil.

      I always appreciate your comments girlfriend! Celeste 🙂

  2. Yep, that’s what he says. I’m all for reducing it and cleaning it up. I think Americans eat way too much meat and very low quality. I know we respectfully disagree. Love you Celeste!

    • Love your new photo chica! Yes, we respectfully disagree about the meat thing. Isn’t it cool that we’re actually “respectful” about it! That’s one of the problems I see with the world is that so many of us can’t handle it when others hold a different opinion. Celeste 🙂

  3. ediblevie says:

    I believe it. 10000%
    And for anyone who doesn’t… all you have to do is look at the facts and not be so blind to the truth! Antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, cramped quarters, darkness, no fresh air, no exercise… I mean the list goes on and from that equation how is it possible to get a healthy and vibrant animal and then from there how can that animal people consume be at all nourishing?? Simply, it won’t! Best case scenario (and really the ONLY way humans should consume meat) is by finding your local farmer who treats their animals ethically, humanely, and these animals live the happiest and best lives living off the pastures they graze. Simplicity is key. Whether the sustainable animal movement is actually able to supply large populations is a great question and I don’t know if it’s possible! They key is to find ways to get the “protein” from other sources by choosing vegetarian or vegan options where possible and learn how to substitute our diets accordingly.

    Did you know that we don’t even need to consume protein daily in order for us to still function optimally? Amino acids stay in our body’s pools for up to 3 days before they are used or partnered to make bigger compounds that is needed. As long as you are consuming varieties of proteins that provide you with the full amino acid profile, you are in good shape. If you are consuming animal or otherwise protein 3x per day and are not an extreme athlete – you are probably peeing it out!! Such a waste of resources (functionally speaking).

    I am so, so scared for developing countries as they start realizing they can eat like westerners (aka horribly) because it will literally devastate our earth even moreso than what has already occurred. I should have prefaced this comment by saying that this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart so yes, it got me excited to leave a comment!

    Hope all is well Celeste!

  4. Thank you for your wonderful comment Kasia!! You said it girlfriend! The meat we eat today is so unhealthy!

    What’s more, so many people believe that they have to eat meat to get enough protein. This is a myth! You do not need animal products to get enough protein. Here’s a link with more on the protein myth: And as you say, more protein is not better. In fact, excess protein has been linked to osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract and some cancers.

    Like you Kasia, I’m afraid of developing countries following in our culinary footsteps. Frightening to say the least!

    On a happier note, I just saw the Raw Cherry Chocolate Truffles you posted on your site. They look wonderful! I’ve been backsliding with sugar lately, but I’m determined to get back on track. That will be easy with fab, healthy dessert recipes like yours. Here’s a link for anyone that’s interested:

    Celeste 🙂

  5. I feel sick when remembering the amount of meat I ate in my youth, thinking it was “healthy” for me…… I love Dr. Campbell, thanks for sharing the quote.

  6. veggievirgin says:

    Reblogged this on veggievirginblog and commented:
    SO true!

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