Dealing with Ants Safely and Humanely


imageI’m more tolerant of insects in my house than most people. I’m the guy you’ll find either casually ignoring spiders in the corner of the room in the winter, or kindly taking them outside when the weather is nice. The occasional scutigera (the “eyebrow bug”) running across the house does not even bother me.

At some point, however, you’ve got to acknowledge when you’ve got a problem. When an army of ants have formed a military column straight to your cupboard, with the intent of emptying it of anything and everything sweet, it’s time to figure out what to do.

I understand that most people don’t think twice about laying an ant trap. As a vegan, not only do I find this inhumane, the poison can be hazardous to pets and children.

I will always find the most humane way to deal with animal problems. The fact killing is the most common way to deal with pests does not mean that cruelty free methods cannot be just as effective. Rather, it says more about our society that the first solution that comes to mind is to kill. There is always a better way if you care to look.

In the past, I have dealt with ants by laying down cinnamon over the areas where the ants are entering. This worked fantastically in my old bachelor apartment when I was a student, but I desired a less messy solution.

I read about peppermint oil working the same way that cinnamon does. Essentially ants have an extreme dislike for cinnamon and mint because the strong scents interfere with their pheromone communication. Ants cannot communicate and navigate properly in their presence.

Mint is not only helpful at banishing ants, it also makes your house smell fresh and has been shown to enhance concentration and memory. It really is a fantastic solution!

You can find peppermint oil for about $8 dollars in many natural food stores. There are a couple of great ways to use it.

If you’d like to cover a wide area, or if you aren’t sure exactly where the ants are entering your home, you can mix a little mint oil with some water in a small spray bottle. You can keep this bottle in the kitchen and re-spray every couple of days to keep the kitchen smelling nice and ants at bay.

Another technique is pour a few drops of the oil on a cotton balls and keep them in your cupboards, or near entry points.

Finally, you can smear a little of the oil with your hands near the exact spot they are entering, if this area is inconspicuous and will not stain.

You’ll be amazed at how well this method works. Within a day or two you will notice the ant activity drop to near zero. Give it a try!


Ottawa’s Hidden Vegan Gem: Govinda’s Restaurant

Fresh lotuses on the walls, malachite tables, all you can eat healthy buffet.. $5 what? We love Govinda’s so much! Okay, $7 now that we are not students anymore… But still!

Ottawa is becoming a great place to eat out for vegans. As our “Vegan In Ottawa”guide shows, there really is no shortage of decent options in the city. But there is one vegan restaurant that has been serving Ottawa for decades that many people overlook.

Granted, Govinda’s buffet is not what you would call fine dining, but it is my favourite restaurant in the city. It’s set humbly in a Hare Krishna Temple on Somerset St. East (near the university of Ottawa). At $5 for students and $7 dollars for everyone else, anyone can afford to eat there.

Jane and I frequent Govinda’s almost once a week when we both have had very busy days and can’t be bothered to cook. At such a low price, we don’t feel guilty about it either.

But Govinda’s has more going for it than just being economical, there are other reasons Govinda’s is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa.

Govinda’s offers genuinely healthy cuisine. The all-you-can-eat style buffet offers a small selection of bean and vegetable curries, soup, brown rice and salad that are tasty and good for you.

Sometimes, all you want is simple, delicious, and wholesome food to keep you going. Govinda’s never fails to provide this. The buffet is all you can eat, too!

Many other restaurants mean well, but use too much oil and salt for my liking. Often you get served a fat bomb disguised as healthy cuisine. I feel comfortable eating at Govinda’s because the food is prepared much the way I would prepare it at home: High carb and little to no oil.

Instead, Govindas relies on simple staple whole foods and healthy starches such as rice, potatoes and beans spike with traditional indian spices such as ginger, coriander, cumin and garam masala.  The meals health, high-carb , high-energy and low fat for people who are not only interested in eating yummy food, but also fueling themselves to think, work and play. It’s comfort food, and it’s the healthiest way to eat.

The humble restaurant also has a genuinely warm atmosphere. It is run by the friendly, spiritual man, Shankar. But Shankar is not just a Hare Krishna adherent, he is really just a nice guy.

To put the obvious questions to rest, I have been frequenting this restaurant for over 12 years, and Shankar and I have never once had a conversation about religion. One year, on Krishna’s birthday, he did offer me a crisp new copy of the Bhagavad Gita, which I gladly accepted out of scholarly interest and the inquisitiveness innate to a secular spiritualist. He is not trying to spread his religion any further than his religion calls for dispensing kindness to all he meets. His friendship is genuine.

Shankar takes the time to get to know his regular patrons. He will always stop by our table and take the time to ask how we have been doing, and hear about what has been going on in our lives.

Govinda’s is a place to feel welcome. The staff never seems to change, so you will always be remembered and greeted with genuine hospitality.

Govinda’s represents a food style that, in my opinion, is sorely lacking in Ottawa. Occasionally I like the occasional gourmet meal with pickled-this and faux cheese that, but for functional, healthy cuisine, Govinda’s is the real deal. I can fuel on rice, potatoes and bean curries to my heart’s content, and know that I’ll be up for a hard day of work and training the next day.

If you have not discovered this hidden Ottawa gem yet, what are you waiting for?

If You Go

As part of the experience, you should know that you are required to take your shoes off at the entrance of the restaurant. It is, after all, a Hare Krishna temple

The atmosphere is somewhat informal, something sometimes reflected in unexpected closures. To avoid disappointment, you should call the restaurant beforehand to make sure it is open.

Address: 212 Somerset St E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6V5

Phone:(613) 565-6544


Monday-Friday 5–8PM

Japanese Vegan Ramen Bowl


This classic Japanese dish is usually made with meat broth and ingredients but why not make use of the traditional use of miso and vegan friendly ramen noodles to create a vegan version?

A twist on the traditional yields a deliciously simple savoury breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I used forbidden rice ramen and genmai (brown rice) miso. But you could combine regular ramen and just about any miso or miso/veggie soup broth combination.


1/2- 1 package of ramen of choice (forbidden rice ramen) (serves 1-2 people)

3 tsp miso paste (I used brown rice genmai miso but you could choose barley, soy bean etc)

Dash of tamari soy sauce

2 cups chopped fresh kale (add or swap veggies as you like)

salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare ramen as per package directions *i like to add more water than the directions in order to have more broth
  • stir in miso and tamari and adjective to taste
  • stire in kale and allow to wilt
  • add salt and pepper
  • your done!

Serve in a big soup bowl with soup spoon and chopsticks.

Little Jo Berry’s Stellar Opening. Queues for days, treats for weeks!



You must have heard about the anticipated opening of Little Jo Berry’s Coffee and Eats. Did you attend the opening celebrations yesterday? It was legitimately a big deal.

Vegans are very loyal. When they are still sad about the loss of a great bakery and one of its former bakers rises up to create an amazing new place and show off her skills in her own right, we will come!

I was personally thrilled about it and was amazed to see the support Jo received from mentors, other business owners and the community. We had faith that it would be amazing before we ever saw the results and let me tell you, it is!

The Treats

So, we advocate for healthy, whole foods on a daily basis. But we also think being vegan is about having a fun and well rounded lifestyle. When nostalgia is wrapped with with cruelty free and topped with cuteness, we too will bite into a vegan twinkie or pop tart. Who can resist? There are also classics like the Sweet Lime Cake and savoury scones. Being able to go to a venue and have full choice and impress our friends is amazing.  Opening day had no shortage of fresh, delicious treats. We went classic with the Sweet Lime cake and Gluten Free Peanut Butter cake but will be back many many times to try them all.


The Coffee

I absolutely LOVE coffee. I will go out of my way to frequent places that have fair trade organic, small batch or artisan coffees. Add LJB’s to my list of tops. So happy to see they pull shots of Propeller and Detour as well as carrying Black Coffee Apparel. I went for an Americano which was delicious. I love that the choices of vegans milks are many. I can’t wait to try some espressos and lattes on my future stops.


The Food and Extras

Cute names for the sandwiches and salads and solid choices like Renew Cold Press juices make this venue a great one stop for a lunch and coffee to eat in or go. It is awesome that attention to choosing quality and local produce was made. I can’t wait to sample them all!


The Cafe

The graphic art of the logo alone got me very excited to see this place in action. The charming design featuring a raspberry logo is so darling, you feel it belongs in a fairytale novel or Diagon Alley (vivid imagination here!). One step inside and you get a clean sweep of 50’s milkshake shack feel with the black and white checkered floor and smells of vanilla and berries in the air.

The colours are cheerful and the bar where all the wares are on display is incredibly long. The inside features the logo on the front wall and a big “Appreciate Your Neighbourhood Baristas”  on the back wall. The sweet apparel is tastefully displayed on the shelves. Oh and the bathroom…. oh my! The cutest most dreamy banana leaf wallpaper, from a local shop Uproar Interiors, I made sure I got a look.

Opening day

We were so thrilled to go to the LJB opening and even more thrilled to see everyone else’s enthusiasm for this place. The line up was enough to convince anyone who hadn’t heard about it to stop by and take notice.

Despite the line, we did not have to wait long. The staff were extremely efficient and the treats were stocked up. We bopped along to the tunes while we waited and finally got our treats and sat outside to demolish them. They had features like Oat & Mill Root Beer Floats, Twinkies and Vegan Pop Tarts. See the Instagram page for more! So many posts, pictures and reviews popped up on our social media feeds and every single one was raving!

Little Jo herself was hard at work in the back when we went and looking completely in her element. There’s nothing nicer than such a hardworking and genuine entrepreneur and happy little (vegan) shop to set spring in full motion. Congratulations Little Jo Berry’s!

1305 Wellington St West Ottawa, ON

Three Vegan Nutrition Fixes to Kick Ass Like Nate Diaz


It’s a sad statistic that seventy percent of vegans go back to eating animal products of some kind. Health concerns are among the highest cited reason for this lapse.

On the other side of the coin, there are athletes achieving peak health and optimal performance on a vegan diet. Serena William’s recent plant-based Wimbledon victory and Scott Jurek’s Appalachian trail record are shining examples.

Even in the rough world of professional fighting, vegans are dominating. This past week Nate Diaz put a stop to the formidable Conor McGregor’s winning streak. While there is some debate as to whether or not Nate occasionally includes fish in his diet, he vocally upholds the virtues of the vegan diet.

What makes these athletes able to thrive? As a thirteen year long thriving vegan athlete, I think I know. Here are my top tips to go vegan, stay vegan, and kick ass like Nate!

Fear not the carbs!

Fact: In general, whole plant foods contain 80 percent carbohydrates. Any way you slice it, a whole-foods centred vegan diet is a high carbohydrate diet.

No wonder vegan athletes perform so well! Carbohydrates are used to provide energy to every single cell in the body. When an athlete runs out of carbohydrates, he or she “hits the wall”. High level performance becomes impossible without this crucial fuel.

The biggest mistake I see vegans make is avoiding carbohydrates or trying to cut back on them because they think they cause weight gain. The reality is that whole food sources of carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, brown rice and fruit are not particularly high in calories. You can eat them until you are full, without overeating.

There are also metabolic factors that keep carbs from converting to fat. Rather than store as fat, excess carbs are either stored as glycogen, or burned off through increased metabolism, known as dietary thermogenesis.

Consuming enough carbs means that you can work, exercise and train intensely. It’s a fact that eating enough carbs will not only keep you slim, it will help you build fitness.

Carbohydrate energy lets you build fitness.

Eat Less Fat and Protein

Fat and protein are all the rage these days. But have you ever stopped to consider that the most overweight and diseased nations on earth eat the most fat and protein?

Fat and protein are both required nutrients, but our requirement is actually quite small. In fact, when protein or fat  intake creeps up to twenty percent of overall calories, disease risk starts to increase.

Plants are 80 percent carbs on average and they are naturally moderate in protein and fat.

When vegans avoid carbohydrates, they must either starve or replace the missing calories with fat and protein.

When the former happens, you end up drastically dropping weight, muscle and energy, like many so called “ex-vegan” bloggers out there touting the dangers of being vegan.

If you replace the calories with large amounts of proteins and fats, you will not perform particularly well. You will be lacking your main fuel source and likely to gain weight while increasing risk for chronic diseases. It also stands to reason that you are relying heavily on unhealthy processed foods to do it, since whole plant foods are naturally lower in these two macronutrients. The only exceptions are nuts and avocados which are very healthy foods, but should be eaten in moderation.

When in doubt, stick to eating enough calories every day from starchy vegetables, beans and whole grains. Fruit smoothies, oatmeal, whole grain pasta, bean burritos and no-oil baked fries are all great options. If you are still hungry, go for more of the same!

Eat More Fruit

Along with starches, sugars in the form of of whole fruits are valuable sources of energy.


I’ve often had clients tell me that they avoid fruit because it has too much sugar. True, fruit contains sugar, but it is packed with water, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Just because fruit contains sugar, does not mean it is the same as table sugar.

Many people fail to realize that fruit consumption is associated with lower body weight and chronic disease rates, even at extremely high levels of consumption. I personally love fruit, and have been known to consume up to twenty servings a day. My fasting blood sugars are in perfect range.

If you want to perform at your best, fruit is great before a workout It digests quickly, which makes its energy readily available.

It is also great as a snack any time of the day, especially when working. Brain cells cannot store glycogen, which means that they require a constant supply of glucose to function optimally. Next time your concentration wavers at work, try drinking a glass of water and eating a ripe banana. Watch what happens!

To Victory!

With these three tips in mind, absolutely make sure you are eating enough calories. Remember, whole foods are less calorie dense than processed foods and plant foods. The portion control paradigm needs to go. You need to eat like a champ if you want to be one!

It is my experience that most people underestimate their calorie needs. Use this online tool to find out how much you need. When in doubt, eat more, not less. Keeping track with a nutrition tracker like Cronometer can be extremely helpful.

Eat abundantly, stay vegan, conquer!


Pink Fluff Banana Smoothie


AKA the easiest smoothie ever!

This crowd pleaser has the prettiest colour and best flavour. It’s perfect pre or post workout, at work as a mobile breakfast or for the little ones. It tastes like cotton candy but it naturally sweetened so what’s not to love?

Make one today!


  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 2-3 medjool dates
  • 1/4 soy milk (or almond, rice, hemp, whatever non dairy you love)
  • 2 spotty ripe bananas
  • splash of water


*Bananas are best when blended as least as possible to desired texture. Throw them in last to whatever smoothies you make.

Remove pits from dates and throw dates into blender. Add strawberries and a bit of water. blend until slushy.

Add bananas and soy milk. blend until smooooooth.

Add cute straw and take a cute Instagram photo (optional..but  this is the moment!)

consume! (of course it will keep for a few hours but it is freshest and best colour when immediately used)

*feel free to add different fruit, little boosts like chia seed, flax and alma powder. you can also modify the amounts. If you like 5 or even 10 bananas… double the berries.


Daily Eats: zesty cream sauce pasta and grilled veggies


Welcome to the Daily Eats section of the blog. Featuring easy and delicious dishes which we make at home, serve to friends and bring anywhere from potlucks to work lunches.

We think everyone can become a vegan chef with great skills and can learn to love the art of cooking at home.

These recipes will be short, require minimal prep and cooking time and be easy to modify and change up at your leisure and desire. Best of all, they’re all healthy with lots of variety of veggies, legumes and starch, little to no oils and low salt. The recipes are originals by Kyle and I. You’ll notice fancier recipes (my style) and very simple ones (Kyle’s style). Let’s get cracking!

Zesty Cream Sauce Pasta and Veggies


  • 1 package of pasta of choice (we used brown rice fusilli)
  • veggies of choice- pick 3 (I used broccoli florets, purple onion and grated purple cabbage)
  • 2-3 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2- 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • handful of raw walnuts
  • splash of tamari
  • 2 tablespoons of sambal oelek
  • 1/2 soy milk (regular or regular unsweetened)
  • dash of chipotle powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • dash fresh ground pepper

*prep time 35mins

*+ spicy for most people’s taste. Omit cayenne and jalapeño and limit sambal oelek if you’re not into spice.

*to save time- stir fry veggies instead of grilling

*preset oven to 400-425F depending on your oven.


Start with veggies. Prep and arrange on baking sheet with parchment paper (makes clean up really easy!). Mince garlic (we use a garlic twist), chopped jalapeño and sprinkle along with pepper and a little sea salt if desired and grill until soft and browned edges.

Blend soymilk, walnuts, nutritional yeast, tamari, sambal oelek, cayenne and chipotle in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Add extra water to desired thickness (thick liquid that slides easily out of blender). Set aside

When your veggies look ready, turn to keep warm in oven. Boil water and prepare pasta until desired texture (brown rice is best a little al dente so it won’t fall apart).

Stir veggies and sauce into pasta and add sun dried tomato. Add additional pepper if desired.

Serve in big bowls with extra sambal oelek on top.



Duck The Goose! Elk Parka by Mammoth, Review


I’m a Canadian who struggles dearly during cold Canadian winters. In Ottawa, a city obsessed with skating on the canal, ice hockey and winter festivities, I try to keep my dislike of winter on the downlow.

I’ve never been one to spend much on clothing. But, I decided, I can either live in denial or accept the fact quality winter gear is absolutely essential in a city that can sometimes hit -40C with the wind chill. So I decided this year to invest in a in a jacket. A real good quality, warm, jacket. Not the cheapy department store jackets I usually wear.

The problem is, many high end jackets are down-filled, or have real fur trim. The most disturbing fashion trend at the moment is the Canada Goose Coat. Most people are opposed to fur – but when something becomes a coveted fashion item, apparently principals get tossed out the window. It doesn’t have to be this way, does it? Can you be warm and fashionable?FullSizeRender.jpg

Dave Yurichuck, a linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts, disgusted with the proliferation of Canada Goose, set out to answer this question. His answer? Mammoth Outerwear. A winter jacket company he created to give Canadians a functionally warm and ethical alternative to the competition. These jackets are beautiful!

Back in November, Dave started a kickstarter to get his business up and running. I helped to fund the project, and selected to receive their original jacket design, the Elk Parka, for $575, a one hundred dollar discount off the retail price.

I had found my jacket! I also had the satisfaction of knowing I was helping to support a burgeoning Canadian business built on an ethical premise. No animals were harmed in the making of these jackets, and ten dollars of every sale goes to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.

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My jacket arrived two weeks ago. How am I enjoying it? Here’s my review so far!


It is exceptionally warm. Having never owned such a high quality jacket, I am thoroughly amazed at how warm it keeps me during my morning commute to work. I park outside, and have a very short drive, so my car never really heats up. I’ve never been able to feel comfortable on those mornings when the mercury drops below -20C. Until now, that is.

Mammoth’s answer to goose down is Primaloft Gold, which is the highest tier synthetic insulation available. Primaloft boasts that “it is the world’s best down alternative”. It’s incredibly soft, breathable, lightweight and compact. One of the things that makes this coat so stylish is that it keeps you incredibly warm without being bulky.

What makes Primaloft even more functional than down is that it is water resistant. If down gets wet, it won’t keep you warm. Not so with Primaloft, which retains its capacity to trap heat if it gets wet.

This jacket is suitable for the coldest days.

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The cotton lining and the soft insulation feel like a big warm hug. There is nothing about the fit of this jacket that restricts freedom of movement and nothing rests across the body in an uncomfortable way.

It’s lightweight, slim against the body and does not weigh you down. It’s refreshing to be able to stay so warm without feeling heavy and restrained.


There’s a few neat features about the Elk Parka that make it unique.

It has just enough pockets to be useful without compromising its sleek look. There is a useful interior pocket as well as one on the arm under the logo for small personal items. I usually keep business cards, a small notebook and a pen for capturing ideas in the interior pocket.

As someone who tends to stuff my wallet and cell phone in my jacket side pockets, I appreciate how deep they are on the Elk Parka. Small items drop into the depth of the pockets and are kept there no matter how much I move around.

It has backstraps, which allow you to control your own personal climate by unzipping and hanging the coat on your back. This is an ingenious feature that keeps you comfortable if you’ll be spending some time inside, shopping for instance. However, I find the jacket breathes pretty well and I can wear it inside for quite a while before overheating.

A snowmobile flap on the inside of the jacket seals in warmth on windy days.

The pockets and hood are felt lined. If you forget your gloves and hat, just tuck your head and hands away and you’ll stay toasty.
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This jacket looks so good! Within the first hour of wearing it, I received two compliments from complete strangers. There are a few things that just make it stand out from all the Canada Goose clones out there.

It is sleek lightweight, and fits close to the body. Aside from the modest logo, there aren’t and overlays or stitchings to distract from its simple good looks. Yet, there are a few bold features that really make it pop and stand out.

The white lacing and wooden buttons are a striking feature on the black backdrop. The laces, manufactured by a company that has made hockey laces for the past 100 years add a rugged appeal.

My favourite accent, however, is the red plaid lining. Weather you are wearing the jacket open, or fully done up and hooded, it has a way of peeking out and adding a flash of brightness to your look.


There are only two things I would improve upon.

I find the zipper to be a little bit finicky. I’ve learned “the trick”, but for the first couple of days it would take me several attempts to line up the zipper probably. It’s a minor problem though, and not one that affects my overall opinion of the Elk Parka.

The second criticism is that the magnets on the front flap that covers the zipper are a little weak. The do a fine job of keeping the flap closed except for the very bottom, which experiences a lot of movement. This magnets will never stay closed. Again, this is not a big deal, but I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to install some more robust magnets into the flap in later runnings of the jacket.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, the stitching and materials feel solid. The Elk Parka is well made, from the choice of materials down to its construction. It looks great! The ultimate winter jacket for a functional and fashionable vegan.










Dodging Powders, Pills and Shills on Your Quest to Health

If there’s one misconception about the vegan lifestyle that I wish I could clear up, is that it is difficult or complicated. In fact, that’s the main reason I started PlantKind. I want to help people get back to basics and build a solid foundation on simple nutrition and lifestyle habits.

Yet, for one reason or another, many people insist that a simple, plant based diet needs to be some confusing labyrinth fraught with nutritional pitfalls. I cannot tell you how many people ask me what protein powder I use in my smoothie every morning. I can see the look of surprise and consternation on their face when I tell them my smoothie only contains fruit. Just fruit, plain and simple.

People honestly think simple fruit cannot make a meal. Too much sugar, too many carbs, not enough protein, not enough fat, too high on the glycemic index – whatever misconceptions they have essentially complicated things. Most people cannot even tell you where they learned these ideas.

A healthy diet really is simple. Eat a variety of whole plant foods every single day including whole grains, fruit vegetables and beans. Drink lots of water. Get some exercise and plenty of sleep and take your B12.

There is no shortage of people willing to take advantage of the obfuscation of nutrition. Where there is confusion, there are experts waiting to take your money to tell you the “right way”.

Don’t believe me? Nutritional supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. Protein is the one macronutrient that our culture eats the most of, yet somehow we’ve been convinced that we need to supplement our diets to get even more of it. Because you have no need for all this excess protein, it either has to be excreted or stored as bodyfat. What a scam!

And its more than just protein powder. There is no shortage of pills and powders that people are convinced they need. It’s a wonder we ever survived as a species with all these particularities.

Now consider the diet industry and so-called health authorities. I am embarrassed to call myself a personal trainer every time I hear another trainer tell their client to “be careful” with fruit and whole grains because they “contain sugar”. Do they actually think the obesity epidemic in this country was caused by fruit and whole grain consumption?

Many current diet trends that absolutely defy all common sense, suggesting that bacon and butter are slimming foods. It’s amazing to me that so called “experts” are telling an obese nation that we are that way because we aren’t eating enough butter and bacon. Sounds like the basis of a best selling book right there!

We’ve somehow been taught to believe that there is some sort of magic to sound nutrition, even more so if you are eating a vegan diet. Take your pick of powders, pills and shills – they all have the answers that you apparently don’t. In the end, they get rich, and you don’t get any closer to the healthy life you want to live.

Let’s put it in perspective. The healthiest cultures on earth, the Okinawans and the Seventh Day Adventists of Loma Linda, eat simple diets consisting of whole, plant foods. Contrary to being complicated, a calorically sufficient diet centered around whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans is as simple and nourishing as it gets.

There is no shortage of research to back this up, though those who would try to complicate the matter will tell you otherwise. Research and theory aside, simple plant-based diets are used in practice to prevent and reverse disease. Consider Neal Barnard, MD’s work reversing Type 2 diabetes and Caldwell Esseltyn MD’s work in reversing advanced heart disease. They do this with nothing more than a simple whole-food, plant-based diet.

In other words, it’s all in the food. Simple. Whole. Natural. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. Don’t get scammed!

But what if you don’t just want to stave off disease. Maybe you’d like to reach the limits of human performance? Last year, I wrote a piece on the Kenyan Runner diet. These amazing athletes push the boundaries of human endurance living on a largely plant based diet of corn, rice, bananas, cabbage and beans. Nothing particularly fancy there.

Even the bodybuilding crowd can thrive on such a simple diet. Robert Cheeke, one of the most well known natural vegan bodybuilders, has sworn off protein powders in favour of natural, whole foods.

I’m not saying that you might never need a certain supplement, or that you’ll never require the services of a dietician or a nutritionist. All I’m saying is that a whole food diet plant based diet will fit the bill the majority of the time. If you are eating enough fruit and starch to meet your caloric needs, eating a variety of greens and vegetables, avoiding refined foods and oils and taking your B12, it’s not likely that you’ll encounter too many problems.

The trick is to make whole plant foods your foundation of health. It’s like building a house. If you want a study structure, you’ve got to focus on making the strongest foundation you can. You have no business fussing with the interior decorating until that base is strong. What good are the frills if your house sinks into the ground!

Stick to the basics. Eat enough calories from whole plant foods. Don’t overthink it and don’t complicate it. My guess is that in most cases, you’ll be amazed at how well your body responds and how great you will feel. Then, is  some challenge arises, then you can seek out the advice of someone qualified and knowledgeable to troubleshoot for you.

My guess is that you’ll do just fine!