Plant Based Omega Sources – Nothing Fishy

After making a post on my Instagram @earthlybodies about the vegan myth that a plant based diet lacks the proper requirement of protein. One of the comments included a question asking “What about omegas?” specifically she asked “like what vegan options are available for that? I’ve got the protein down already and I want more than just nuts and seeds.” Nothing makes this educator/blogger happier than having an engaged community that gives me more content to share what I love! So let’s talk about Omegas, what they are, why they’re important and how to get them while eating a vegan/plant based diet.

Omegas are the essential fatty acids that our bodies need to function at their best both mentally and physically on any given day and through any given situation. Good fats are in omegas and help our bodies to burn fat and help in weight loss and are essential in overall health. They also enhance brain function and cardiovascular health and have numerous other benefits with regard to fat metabolism. A lack of these essential fatty acids would cause the following:

  • Memory deficiency

  • Miscarriage

  • Sterility in men

  • Arthritis

  • Brittle nails

  • Slow wound healing

  • Asthma

  • Bumps on back of arms

  • Decreased memory and mental abilities

  • Dry hair, dandruff

  • Hair Loss

  • Depression

  • Immune system deficiency

  • Fatty liver

  • Heart disease

  • Increased cholesterol

  • Mood swings

  • Reduced vision

  • Neuropathy (tingling or numbness of your arms or legs)

  • Cracking skin at finger tips

  • Dry, scaly skin/dermatitis

  • Psychological disturbances

  • Thirst, excess urination

None of that sounds like my idea of a good time. The best thing you can do for your body is to adopt a preventative care approach in your daily life. We never know when an illness or injury is on the horizon so giving our body what it needs is our best course of action and defense. Now let’s look at what options we have for getting these vital nutrients in our bodies. There are of course several animal protein options that contain omegas, but if you’re like me and have no desire to find and eat Nemo you are in the right place. Here is a healthy although not all-encompassing list of plant based foods that will get the job done just as well:

  • Flax Seed

  • Chia Seed

  • Hemp Seed

  • Walnuts

  • Pecans

  • Edamame

  • Pumpkin (not the spice at Starbucks!)

  • Wild Rice

  • Romaine

  • Arugula

  • Purslane

  • Spirulina

  • Urad Dal

  • Acorn Squash

  • Butternut Squash

  • Spinach

  • Cauliflower

  • Blueberries

  • Grape Leaves

  • Mangoes

  • Navy Beans

  • Kidney Beans

  • Soy Beans

  • Broccoli

  • Bok Choy

  • Brussels Sprouts

  • Seaweed

  • Olive Oil

Hopefully this list gives you a great head start as you navigate thru a healthier lifestyle of eating vegan/plant based. It is a journey that I will never end and after 5 1/2 years still find so much joy and health in. Leave a COMMENT below if this blog post was helpful and which foods you’re most excited about using as medicine for any conditions discussed above. Feel free to SHARE this blog post with your social media or email peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a spiritually, mentally and physically safe place to LIVE!

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