The Plant-Powered Podcast
By Samuel Anthony
The Plant-Powered PodcastMay 28, 2022
How Gut Bacteria Control Your Cravings
**DISCLAIMER: this is not to be received as medical advice, or actionable advice of any kind. You must always consult a professional who can understand and work with you as an individual, with unique requirements.
It's not you. It's bugs.
How do bacteria living in our gut influence our mind to make us crave foods they want or need to survive?
As a collective of species which have co-existed with us for millions of years, it is clear that many pathways exist that connect the gut, it's bacterial residents and your mind. This can mean changes to hunger, feeling full or the feelings of reward following specific foods or meals.
Discover how a rich, broad and vibrant whole food plant-based diet can potentially influence the balance and your cravings.
Can Meat be Healthy?
In the past, grabbing food would look like this:
- We would have caught one or two animals on a hunt and often failed.
- Hunting made us raise our activity and move long distances for a long time.
- The animals would have lived free, eaten many grains and plants, had ample sunlight, and moved often.
Compare that with how we eat now:
- We can eat as many animals as we can afford to as quickly as we choose and never fail to find meat in the shop.
- We can get this delivered without moving at all.
- The animals mostly live inside, eat one or two crops for their whole life, and are supplemented with growth hormones and antibiotics.
Meat has its problems.
But, in terms of our health, it may not always have been the case.
In today's world, we have ditched hunting.
We go to the shops, grab food, head home, and eat.
For the sake of convenience, this is great.
But, this is a disaster for our bodies and billions of animals.
Soy, Estrogen & Your Body
Soy has recently come under scrutiny for containing phytoestrogen.
What is soy, where do we find it, what are the benefits and is it actually capable of being harmful to us?
Let's delve into the studies and articles and put this noise to rest.
As a common vegan staple for decades now, the negative effects of soy would surely be noticed?
Yet, vegans around the world are thriving.
Let's talk soy.
Success Stories: Maria's Vegan Weight Loss Journey
In January 2020, Maria and husband Des made the decision to go vegan. It's now 2 years later and collectively they have lost 10 stone and are feeling better than ever. 6 stone of this is Maria alone!
Maria has found she has improved her mental health, crushed her anxiety, and now has more energy. From depressed to active, happy and enjoying her life, food and newfound energy, you too can do this when you know how. Don't set expectations, don't crash diet, don't do anything that you don't enjoy. Instead, form new beneficial habits and change up your lifestyle for the better.
If you have been in the position whereby you are struggling to shift the pounds and stuck in that vicious cycle of dieting and feeling like a failure, so too has Maria. This journey is about overcoming the hurdles of getting started, dealing with those various blocks to progress and transforming your relationship with food.
Learn exactly how she achieved so much in just two years in this 10-minute overview of one of the most amazing transformations I have ever seen. This should serve as inspiration and motivation to all of us to go on and strive to achieve those goals rather than allow our mindset to stand in our way.
Maria is a truly excellent cook, foodie and human being so join me in celebrating her success!
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