Welcome to The Plant Advantage.
My name is Libby Hergenhan and I’m a wife and mum of three young kids (aged 7, 4 and 2), living in Newcastle, Australia. I cook simple, affordable and delicious whole food plant based meals.
Do you struggle with ideas for healthy meals that you can feed your family? Do you want meals that are simple and budget friendly? Do you want to eat food that will allow you and your family to live healthier and longer lives? I share all of these things on my blog.
Do you want to eat an optimal diet but you find it hard to know what is the healthiest way to eat? There is so much information out there that it can be confusing. Perhaps you know the best way to eat but find it hard to put into action and stick to healthy eating. I have practical tips and information to help you along the way.
All of the recipes that I share on this blog are completely plant based. They are meat free, poultry free, fish free, dairy free, egg free, oil free, and contain limited salt, sugar and processed or refined foods. Many of the recipes are also gluten free, or easy to adapt to gluten free.
My recipes are:
- Budget friendly. They are based on inexpensive staples such as brown rice, potatoes, wholegrain pasta, legumes and seasonal vegetables.
- Simple to make. Like you I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen each day. I love one pot meals, and meals that are ready in under an hour. (There are a few things you can do to make meal times quicker and easier, see here for more information).
- Require ingredients that you can easily find at the supermarket. Occasionally I will share a more involved recipe or use ingredients that you may need to search for in an Indian spice shop or an Asian grocer.
- Delicious. Food should first of all be healthy, but it also needs to taste good! If it’s not tasty, I just don’t want to eat it.
- Varied. Many people think that a plant based diet is boring and limited. But I don’t feel deprived at all. I love to cook Indian, Mexican, Asian and Italian inspired food.
For a number of my recipes I provide the Thermomix instructions, in addition to the conventional cooking method. However you don’t need a Thermomix to make any of my recipes. I do recommend a few appliances and utensils that will make plant based cooking much easier. To find out what they are please see my page on suggested utensils and appliances.
My recipes are also all in Australian measurements. Oven temperatures are in decrees celsius (based on a fan-forced oven), and I use metric measuring cups and spoons. Please note that an Australian tablespoon is 20ml (whereas US and NZ tablespoon is 15ml).
My Plant Based Journey
I first learnt about the connection between what we eat and our health when I was about 18. Before that I didn’t think too much about what I ate or how it affected my body and my health. Most of the food I ate was processed, refined, and contained animal products. I decided to change my diet and lifestyle after getting sick a number of times and generally feeling low in energy. I switched immediately to a plant based diet. I cut out meat, dairy, eggs and highly refined and processed foods.
Over the next 6-12 months I felt so good. I had so much energy I started to exercise regularly. I just felt like getting outside and running. And a welcomed bi-product of my change in diet and lifestyle was a loss of 10kg (22 pounds) in body weight, which I lost without even trying. I never felt deprived of food. I always ate enough to satisfy my appetite. I never skipped meals, and I didn’t reduce my portion sizes. And the weight has stayed off (other than pregnancy) after having three children, and I’m now in my mid-thirties.
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Here are some simple health tips and resources to get you started on a plant based diet:
- What is the healthiest diet?
- What is a whole food plant based diet?
- What do you eat on a plant based diet?
- 3 simple steps you can take to make healthy eating easier
Libby is not a nutritionist, chef or medical professional. The information on this website is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice or care. The information in this blog is based on facts, research and personal experience. This information is not intended to diagnose or treat health problems or illnesses. Please consult your doctor before embarking on a change in lifestyle.