It is well known that eating a diet consisting of processed foods and animal products cause many health problems and it also has adverse effects on our environment. Switching to a plant-based diet is a great way to improve your health and save the planet! This diet or lifestyle is different from becoming a vegetarian or vegan.
A whole-foods, plant-based diet is based on:
Eating minimally processed foods.
Limits or avoids animal products.
Focuses on veggies, fruits, legumes, seeds and nuts, and whole grains.
Eliminates white flour, added sugars, and processed oils.
Recommends eating organic, locally sourced foods.
Let’s take a look at the huge health benefits of this whole-foods, plant-based diet.
Lower Cancer Rates. Eating a diet which is low in fat and plant-based is the best way to lower your cancer risk. Animal foods are linked to colon and breast cancer.
Weight Loss. You will lose weight when you eat a whole food, plant-based diet. This diet is low in fat, processed foods, and sugars. Since the diet is higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals than a diet of animal products, it is easy to lose 5 pounds in a matter of a couple weeks!
Lower Blood Pressure. Since the plant-based diet has more potassium and Vitamin B-6, this has a positive effect on blood pressure. Lower blood pressure also means less anxiety and stress!
Lower Cholesterol. Plant-based foods have zero cholesterol! Veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can lower both your cholesterol level and risk of heart disease.
Blood Sugar Stabilizer. Eating more fiber slows down the entrance of sugar into the bloodstream. When your blood sugar is stable, you feel less hungry and less stressed because your cortisol level is more balanced.
Fights Inflammation. Plant-based foods are alkaline which do not cause inflammation.
Lower risk of Diabetes. Avoiding meat and trans fats have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health and reduce insulin sensitivity which leads to diabetes.
There are so many reasons to switch to a whole food, plant-based diet for the best health and for a more sustainable environment! It’s easy and less expensive and you will feel the results immediately!