For most people, the two main sources of food in their diet come from plants and animals. A plant-based diet is considered to be primarily made-up of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, tubers (roundpartofaplantsuchasapotatothatgrowsundergroundandproducesnewplants) and legumes (aseedsuchasapeaorbeanthatgrowsinapod). A plant-based diet is not the same thing as a vegetarian diet (eating no meat or fish or animal byproducts).
Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Plant foods, fruits and vegetables are known to be rich sources of nutrients, as well as containing thousands of phytochemicals, the natural substances in plants that appear to protect against cancer in a variety of ways.
In addition to cancer-preventing properties, a plant-based diet emphasizing whole grains, fruits and vegetables is a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates. For those who watch their weight, the plant foods tend to be naturally lower in calories than the animal foods.
According to the AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research), the consumption of an abundant variety of fruits, vegetables and other plant foods may also help protect against diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and birth defects. Legumes and grains may help in the lowering of blood cholesterol. And the antioxidants (a substance such as vitamin E or vitamin C, believed to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation) found in plant foods may serve in the prevention of cataracts and retina deterioration of the eyes.
A plant-based diet is also known to significantly reduce obesity.
A Currently Popular Plant-Based Diet
Those who support a plant-based diet point out it is good for a person’s overall health, keeping weight down, good for the heart and generally good for the environment, too. One diet currently popular and recommended by some for its beneficial qualities of safety, good nutrition, weight loss and ease of following is the plant-based Mediterranean Diet.
Its list of potential benefits includes weight loss, diabetes prevention and control, cancer prevention and brain and heart health. It lays claim to losing weight and keeping it off, as well as potentially being a successful measure in warding-off some chronic diseases.
The theory underlying the Mediterranean Diet is based on the generally accepted premise that those people living in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea experience less cancer and cardiovascular ailments than do Americans, as well as living longer lives. Their lifestyle includes a diet low in red meat and sugar, and high in nuts and produce.
Although the peoples of Greece and Italy and France and Spain eat differently than one another, there is a shared emphasis on whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, flavorful herbs and olive oil. Fish and seafood are consumed in moderation, as are yogurt, cheeses, eggs and poultry.
It is a given that the success of the Mediterranean Diet incorporates the active and healthful lifestyle of the Mediterranean climate and cultures.
Diet During the Narconon Sauna
Nutrition is cited as playing a vital role in the Narconon Sauna, speaking of not only food but vitamins and minerals, as well.
According to Clear Body, Clear Mind, The Effective Purification Program, there are no “special diets” required on the Narconon New-Life Detoxification Program, or Narconon Sauna. The person simply eats what he or she would normally eat, “supplemented with plenty of vegetables” which haven’t been overcooked.
It is noted that putting a person on a diet different than that which the person is accustomed to acts to introduce a sudden change in the middle of the various changes the person will be experiencing while on the sauna program. It is also noted that a change of diet might be “one too many changes.”
With those points in mind, it could be seen how a nutritious and balanced plant-based diet could indeed assist in providing the “plenty of vegetables” which are recommended, while at the same time not acting as a change of diet.