You might be wondering what the missing ingredient could be. This is the recipe that we talked about on Tuesday. The recipe for the Japanese cooking club serves four people, but it can certainly be scaled if you want it to.
And you see there in the very first line, I put a bunch of question marks.
That’s where the missing ingredient goes. And if you remember, the other ingredients are going to be responsibility, commitment, inspiration, practice, and experience. And then, optional, you can have a pinch of Pat Tokuyama, which is me.
The missing ingredient, if you did not know what it was, it is a whole food plant-based lifestyle. It’s not a diet, it’s a way of eating. It’s a way of life. It’s not something that you try intensively for the first week or a month, and then give up because it didn’t work for you.
This is something that you’re going to do day in and day out. This is a long term gain or a way of doing things.
And the other things that I wanted to mention to you, if you remember from our first day, when we talked about exactly what whole food plant-based foods are, it’s not expensive.
Many people might think that eating healthy is expensive because healthy restaurants charge a lot of money for vegan or vegetarian food. But when you cook it at home, it doesn’t cost that much, especially because you’re buying any animal protein or seafood, which tend to be way more expensive than plant sources of protein.
Also, it’s not that difficult, cumbersome or complicated.
Like I will show you in some of my Japanese cooking videos, you’ll see that some of the recipes and dishes are a lot more simple than you might’ve expected.
It’s not time-consuming. Like I mentioned before. And like I’ll show you in my cooking videos is that I usually finish these dishes in about 30 minutes, and then that’s it. And because you can cook smart and scale for leftovers, double or triple a recipe, you can actually just cook maybe one or two dishes on the weekend and you’ll have leftovers for the rest of the week to eat without cooking. In that regard, it can save you time.
You don’t need a calculator.
If you are into counting your calories or counting your macronutrients, this is not what plant-based whole foods are about. It’s just about eating whole plant-based foods. That’s all it is. It’s simple. Just vegetables, things that you can pluck out of the ground, farm to table. It seems to be a sort of a popular thing that has come up in the last few years.
If you can pluck some carrots, a bunch of carrots, or some beets, some beans off of beanstalk, those are whole foods because they’re whole. Minimally processed.
You also don’t need to worry about breaking any rules or offending anybody. I know that in certain groups, people get offended very easily, and try to persuade you to adopt their kind of lifestyle, their way of thinking or their beliefs. And that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what plant-based food is about either. I respect people’s decisions. Everybody should be able to have the freedom to choose what they want to do with their life.
And this is one of the things that I’ve chosen to do with my life, and my health. And that’s to eat plant-based foods. And you’re not going to be breaking any rules. There are no rules to follow. There are guidelines in terms of emphasizing vegetables, and avoiding or reducing your intake completely of any animal products and refined or processed foods.
That’s all it is. It’s very simple. You don’t need to worry about judgment. You don’t need to worry about offending anybody because that’s not what this is about. This is about you and your health, and taking care of that, making it a priority. Now, you have the complete recipe, whole food plant-based.