2019 Resolutions: Leading a Healthy Lifestyle with Sarah Safarian of Humbly Healthy
Committed to health and wellness, Glen Ivy is kicking of 2019 with plant-based cooking classes with Guest Chef Sarah Lee Safarian. Chef Sarah is the founder of Humbly Healthy, a food blog and plant-based foods consulting from in Paris. We sat down with Sarah to discuss her food philosophy and the benefits of holistic nutrition.
What is your food philosophy?
I am passionate about plant-based & healthy cooking. Plant-based nutrition is about eating whole natural foods, and staying away from industrialized, packaged, and processed foods. It focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds. It encourages the avoidance of animal-based products. Plant-based nutrition is intended to be a long-term lifestyle, not a diet. It looks to prevent illnesses, rather than reacting to illnesses once they have already surfaced. It focuses on the underlying causes of pain or illness and treats the body through real food; it avoids using chemicals or pharmaceuticals to simply mask symptoms. It can best be described as ‘Let Food be Thy Medicine’ by Hippocrates. Carrying these philosophies with you will help you feel more confident in your food choices and will nurture a healthier relationship with food.
What are the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle?
The benefits of a plant-based lifestyle are numerous and have been scientifically proven: from better quality of sleep, to shedding those stubborn extra pounds, to clearer skin, to preventing and reversing diseases, to helping balance hormones, to a sharper mind. Plant-based nutrition is a beautiful way of life that I encourage you to discover this year. It will leave you feeling stronger, well balanced, and happy inside and out.
Is it difficult to get enough protein with a plant-based diet?
I am often asked this! Proteins are the building blocks for our cells and body to function properly. Consuming enough protein is a legitimate concern and you can certainly get the protein you need from a plant-based way of life. Plant-based proteins include lentils, chickpeas, tofu, and beans. You can also easily incorporate a tablespoon of nuts and seeds as a topping on your meal. My favorites include hemp seeds, raw unsalted peanuts or almonds, pumpkin seeds, tahini, chia seeds, raw unsweetened unsalted peanut butter or almond butter.