Recently health and wellness has been trending. And thank goodness, as it is high time that healthy eating habits and exercise replace fast food chains and quick fix diet fads. Among the trending health topics is the plant based diet. As a nutritionist, this is how I personally choose to eat. Instead of cutting certain foods out entirely like the vegetarian or vegan diets, this is simply making the majority of what you eat whole, unprocessed, plant based foods. The benefits of eating in such a way are numerous, and it is incredibly easy to do.
Research has shown that by simply incorporating more vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds into your diet can help you prevent and even reverse many of the top health issues people are facing today. Adding in more of these whole natural foods in your diet will mean more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber. It also will also mean less room for damaging fat, preservatives, chemicals, and refined sugars, all of which are linked to serious health problems.
Your body needs the nutrients and vitamins found in food to survive, it uses them as fuel for every single function it performs. Chemicals, preservatives, and damaging fats only serve to bog down your system, and add unnecessary work for your body as it tries to detoxify itself from these foreign substances. Eliminating these things from your diet will free up much of your body's energy for daily use, rather than detoxifying. On top of that, every single one of your cells are being replaced over time, and the food you eat is what those new cells are made of. That Big Mac doesn't sound so good now, does it?
And contrary to common misconception, on a whole, vegans actually have healthier bones, higher blood protein levels, and less nutritional deficiencies than omnivores. It is possible to get all the protein and calcium you need from a vegan or plant based diet.
In case you need more reasons to consider a plant based diet:
Lose excess fat
Reduce risk or help treat diabetes
Healthier gut flora
Reduce risk for cancer
Healthier intestinal transit
Boost immune system
Reduce risk for heart disease
Just remember that you put into your body directly translates into your health. You are what you eat, literally. Food can either be the best form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison. Bon appetite!