If you want to learn about vegan foods, the best place to start is not with cooking, but with eating. You may fear that eating vegan would prove restrictive and limiting, but I would like to show you the opposite. During your short stays at Villa Comorebi Provence you will discover an endless variety of sensational vegan foods! A vegan meal is created based on the following foods / ingredients
• Fruits and vegetables • Legumes such as peas, beans, and lentils • Nuts and seeds • Breads, rice, and potatoes • Dairy alternatives such as soymilk, coconut milk, and almond, hazel nut milk • Vegetable oils
All my meals are created with health and balance in mind, using organic local ingredients. Below are a few examples of the meals I provide during your stay.
Plant based nutrition and Performance in Sport
Meatless athletes, from tennis champion Venus Williams to Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton to Derrick Morgan of the NFL's Tennessee Titans, have already proven the performance-enhancing power of a plant-based diet.
Nutrients reviews the science behind the benefits a plant-based diet offers athletes. Even athletes are at risk for heart disease: in one study, 44% of endurance cyclists and runners had coronary plaques. A plant-based diet keeps athletes' hearts strong by reversing plaque, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing weight.
Meat consumption and high cholesterol levels exacerbate inflammation, which can lead to pain and impair athletic performance and recovery. Studies show that a plant-based diet can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
A plant-based diet that is low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol helps improve blood viscosity or thickness. This helps more oxygen reach the muscles, which improves athletic performance.
Plant-based diets improve the flexibility and diameter of the arteries, leading to better blood circulation. One study found that even a single high-fat meal, including sausage and eggs, impairs arterial function for several hours.
Compared to meat eaters, people on a plant-based diet receive more antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals lead to muscle fatigue, reduced athletic performance and impaired recovery.
Plant-based diets, which are generally low in fat and high in fiber, can reduce body fat. A reduction in body fat is associated with an increase in aerobic capacity, or the ability to use oxygen to fuel exercise. Studies show that athletes following a plant-based diet increase their VO2 max – the maximum amount of oxygen they can use during intense exercise – which leads to better endurance. (www.pcrm.org/news) Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.