Q & A with Brenda Langton: This Lady Loves Her Whole Grains
OLDWAYS: Your philosophy of “animal protein not needing to dominate to satisfy” and plant-based eating is right in line with our traditional diet pyramids and, what we here at Oldways believe and educate others about on a daily basis. For those looking to adopt a more plant-based diet, what simple first steps do you recommend?
BRENDA: I am all about plant-based eating. For years I have been a semi–vegetarian, but I also enjoy eating some animal protein. I think that the word "vegetarian" scares off some people, so talking about it in the context of "plant-based eating" is a way to soften things.
We serve many dishes at the restaurant such as a lentil loaf that meat eaters are surprised to find very filling and satisfying. Too many Americans eat too much meat, so even starting with smaller animal protein portions is a move in the right direction. I think that starting with whole grains can really help someone trying to make the transition as well as looking at ways to augment the animal- based protein with wonderful protein-packed legumes and hearty vegetables.