Why I Recommend a Low-Protein Diet to all my Clients.

I have lived most of the last 10 years on a low-protein, high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet, and I have never felt better.

I have more energy, feel healthier, and I glow more than ever before; I’m living proof that we don’t need a high-protein diet to thrive!

To answer the question I know you’re asking, I get most of my calories from fresh, whole foods—especially fruit—direct from the source. Dates, bananas, mangoes, and avocados are my daily “meat and potatoes.” Actually, I eat loads of potatoes, but no meat.

While following this lifestyle, I’ve given birth to a healthy baby girl, won international dance competitions, run my own business, and so much more. I’m full of life and energy—and I give my diet and lifestyle the credit.

That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing it with the world.

Scientific and nutritional inquiry has long sought simple, nourishing ways to improve health and increase lifespan without depriving us of satisfying meals.

And this line of research has yielded incredible results.

The first big, comparative analysis of various dietary restrictions suggested that protein intake has a greater impact on lifespan than calories. What’s more, reducing protein intake, without changing one’s calories at all, seems to offer comparable benefits to restricting calories.

Surprising? Maybe. True? In my experience, absolutely.

That is exactly why I recommend a low-protein, high-carb diet to my clients, my friends, and now to you.

I speak from over a decade of experience when I say this kind of diet is delicious, energizing, and so easy to maintain. In addition, other studies have suggested that this low-protein diet inhibits production of TOR (aging enzymes) and IGF-1 (growth hormones)—which in turn improves health and lengthens lifespan dramatically.

Not all protein was created equal, however. Some proteins—namely, those derived from animal products—are much worse for us.

A certain amino acid called leucine seems to have the greatest impact on TOR levels. Leucine, incidentally, is found in dairy, all meat, eggs, and other animal products. Fruits, veggies, legumes, and grains, on the other hand, contain extremely low amounts of it.

To reduce our leucine intake and thus improve our lifespan and overall health, we must limit (or ideally stop) our consumption of animal proteins.

To put it in perspective, to consume the same quantity of leucine that we’d get from a serving of dairy or meat, we’d need to eat four large heads of cabbage or several dozen apples…even I can’t eat that much fruit!

All this could explain why certain groups of people, like the Okinawa Japanese, have such long lives. Traditional diets in these cultures consist of just 10 percent protein, are practically cholesterol-free, are more or less plant-based, and consist of less than one percent fish, dairy, meat, or eggs. (That’s about one serving of an animal product every month or two.)

I hope I’ve given you some insight into why a low-protein, high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet is optimal for health and longevity. Even more, I hope you’ll feel inspired to go find out for yourself how energizing this lifestyle can be.

Please share your experiences with plant-based living or low-protein eating in the comments!


Author: Donna Wild

Image: Mike Haller/Flickr

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Maureen O'Neill May 2, 2018 11:56am

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Cecile Thompson May 11, 2017 1:42am

This is very interesting. It basically confirms what I have been reading in sites like Consumer Health Digest about the long term benefits of low protein diets. Maybe I should consult with a dietician on this.

Rachel Sheffler Mar 16, 2017 12:55pm

Could you share a typical day's menu so we know what we're looking at?

Cyndi Powers Bulka Mar 16, 2017 12:36pm

As a post menopausal very active woman I can interject that the body's needs change and not everyone is suited to the diet you propose. I used to be a vegetarian, ate a high carb fruit and plant based diet. In fact, for most of my life. But things changed at menopause. I gained weight around my middle, my cholesterol began to climb, and my energy levels plummeted. I sought advice from several sources, and 3 years ago landed on a high good fat-moderate protien-low carb diet that melted 15 pounds off me and has given me more energy than I ever thought I could have at 56! I still eat a plant based diet and use veggetarian protien sources liberally, but added fish and chicken regularly and eggs nearly every day.Turns out carbs (sugars) can cause elevated blood serum levels. My recent doctor visit yeilded the best numbers I've seen in years. Cholesterol at 147!! I am a health coach and I respect everyone's individual values, needs and biochemistries...different diets work for different physiologies at different stages of life. I see many of my middle aged male and clients struggle with weight gain and rising numbers too. My ex husband was off the charts cholesterol and after adopting this diet, has lost 40 pounds and all his numbers are in excellent range again. No matter what kind of diet one follows, having high quality clean unprocessed foods and a plant based regime is a uniform recommendation I make. But high carbs? I think that's definately not for everyone.

Donna Wild Mar 16, 2017 12:09am

Thanks for sharing Patricia. Wonderful! If you'd like to check out more of my writing I share a weekly blog and a weekly low-protein :) recipe at www.wilddonna.com.

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When Donna was 12 years old, she had a dream to be a dancer and have a house on a property with some happy cows. However, this was the year that doctors diagnosed her with juvenile arthritis and began medicating her for the pain. At 17 years of age, she visited specialists who diagnosed her with chronic rheumatoid arthritis in her entire body and said she would be crippled by the time she was just 22. By then, she had spent her life training to be a professional dancer, however, had become 13 kilograms overweight and directionless.

Donna believes that animal cruelty is wrong and personally suffers when she sees the way humans treat animals, she has worked tirelessly for a decade to empower people and families to eat in alignment with their belief- cruelty-free.

Today, Donna is a Mum of a four-year-old, a Nutritionist, a popular plant-based health and lifestyle author and an Australian Latin Dance Champion. She is completely free of arthritis, pain, and medication.

With her experience transitioning from a meat-eating to vegetarian, to vegan, to purely plant-based diet, and with the tens of thousands of hours she’s put into learning about nutrition and human bodies, Donna has gone just as deep into the ethics behind what we eat which is how she came to found this charity.

Til The Cows Come Home is a charity that aims to be the World Vision for livestock animals, on a mission to rescue animals that are too sick or injured to make it to slaughter and re-home them to a sanctuary to live a full and happy life, just as Donna imaged as a child.

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