With a plant-based diet you can lose weight to a healthy level, boost your body’s immune systems and overall health through feeding it more nutrients and minerals and even do your part to lower global warming. Sounds perfect right?
These are all true, and you’re probably thinking that moving to a plant-based diet is a great idea - it is. But you might not know where to start. Don’t worry though, we’re here to let you know!
There’s excellent scientific evidence that shows us how many chronic diseases can be controlled, reduced or even reversed by moving to a whole-food, plant-based diet. Scientific research highlighted in the book “The China Study” shows how a plant-based diet can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer and other major illnesses. Many people are also reporting of bigger fitness payoffs, more energy, reduced inflammation and better overall health after making the switch!
So what is the whole-food, plant-based diet?
It comes in two parts:
Whole food describes natural foods that are not heavily processed. That means whole, unrefined, or minimally refined ingredients.
Plant-based means food that comes from plants and doesn’t include animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs, or honey.
A whole-food, plant-based diet lets you meet your nutritional needs by focusing on natural, minimally-processed plant foods. Foods such as:
Fruits: any type of fruit including apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits, etc.
Vegetables: plenty of veggies including peppers, corn, avocados, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, collards, etc.
Roots: root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, etc.
Whole grains: grains, cereals, and other starches in their whole form, such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, whole wheat, oats, barley, etc. Even popcorn is a whole grain.
Legumes: beans of any kind, plus lentils, pulses, and similar ingredients.
There are plenty of other foods you can also enjoy— including nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, whole-grain flour and breads, and plant-based milks. However, we recommend eating these foods in moderation, because they are more calorie-dense and can contribute to weight gain.
There are several major benefits to moving to plant-based nutrition, all supported by excellent science. These benefits include:
Easy weight management: People who eat a plant-based diet tend to be leaner than those who don’t, and the diet makes it easy to lose weight and keep it off—without counting calories.
Disease prevention: Whole-food, plant-based eating can prevent, halt, or even reverse chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes.
A lighter environmental footprint: A plant-based diet places much less stress on the environment.
We’re updating our site with more and more plant based recipes as the days tick on, so keep your eyes peeled! Thanks to Matti from MWM Digital for this blog post.