There are so many different diets out there and a lot of people struggle to find a diet that suits them. It seems that there is one prevalent theme throughout health and wellness communities which stands across ALL dietary options: wholesome foods, natural ingredients and decreasing the intake of sugars and processed foods. So, what are the main benefits of having a plant based diet?
Improving your health
It is clear to everyone that hugely reducing your intake of processed foods, sugars and meats could help you generally in your health and nutrition. There is a lot of nutritional value within the diet as it usually means that you increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
The fact that this ‘diet’ is more of a lifestyle change also means that this can be a more realistic way of improving your health and even losing weight as it is more sustainable long term. It has also been proven that people who focus on incorporating a plant based diet into their lifestyle have seen health conditions massively improve. For example, it helps with heart disease prevention and has even been proven through case studies to reduce cancer risks.
A Lifestyle Change
Ultimately, having a plant based ‘diet’ is more of a lifestyle change as opposed to a ‘diet’ fad. There is no set way of doing things and you can truly make it your own. Essentially, the only ‘rules’ that a plant based diet follows is: the avoidance of processed foods and animal products as well as processed oils and high sugary foods. This diet has been confused with being a vegetarian or vegan. Vegans completely exclude any animal produce which includes eggs as well as butter whereas, vegetarians will just exclude meat. With a plant based diet it can be much more flexible it has emphasis on the reduction of animal based produce and processed foods as opposed to completely excluding them. So… having plants as the ‘base’ to your ‘diet’.
Protecting our planet
This is a HUGE one at the moment which people need to focus on more. We ask ourselves, how can we really make the world a better place? Well, a plant based diet really does kill two birds with one stone! Those who stick to a plant based diet will have a smaller environmental foot print. We tend not to realise how much our eating habits can have such a huge effect upon greenhouse emissions and factory farming which are all huge contributors to global warming.
So, where can you start? When doing your food shop your main focus should be fruits and vegetables. You can buy starchy vegetables like potato or sweet potato to bulk up your meals as well as healthy fats like avocados or coconut oil. You can also use unsweetened plant based milks like almond or cashew milk. You can use free range poultry, use fish from sustainable fish farms and organic dairy.
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