What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is a diet where you eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. Naturally grown (non-GMO) and organic (no pesticides nor artificial fertilizers) as much as possible. A plant-based diet is entirely free from animal products, with the exception of honey being used at times by those who are not vegan.
A truly plant-based diet is full of color and is free* from processed plant foods (that includes oils, refined ingredients) or plant junk foods.
More than a diet I called it a lifestyle, that would include also the air you breathe and what you put in your skin or hair.
* or very minimal amounts.
Why plant-based? Find out the five reasons you should switch to a plant-based diet!
Reason 1: It’s good for your heart
A plant-based diet can prevent, stop and reverse heart disease. Look at this study by Doctor Cadwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25198208) Would you like to read the full research study? Please send me an email and I will gladly send it to you.
Reason 2: It supports weight loss
I could be talking all day-long about that, you are welcome to read my weight loss journey.
There is a number of research studies and life stories showing that eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains can help you lose weight and keep be healthier. Here is one. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12833118)
Reason 3: It prevents diabetes
When we talk about diabetes, at once there is a finger pointing to carbs. That is not entirely true, since ‘true carbohydrates’, from a whole food, plant-based diet are rich in fiber (as found it in the nature), which in turn do not make your sugar levels spike. The most interesting being that the attention should be turned to ‘fats’ and ‘animal proteins’ and not really carbs.
Read more about it in this research, where it shows that a plant-based diet prevents and treats diabetes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5466941/)
Reason 4: Your belly will thank you
If you have digestion issues, chances are you’re not getting enough fiber. A plant-based diet will change that.
A plant-based diet aids in digestion due to its natural fiber-rich content, it will contribute in two ways for your gut health:
1. A plant-based diet will feed the good bacteria in your gut with the fiber need to produce anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compound called ‘butyrate’ that will be re-absorbed into our body.
2. A plant-based will boost the number of bacteria that produces ‘butyrate’.
For more info check out this study Scharlau D, Borowicki A, Habermann N, Hofmann T, Klenow S, Miene C, Munjal U, Stein K, Glei M. Mechanisms of primary cancer prevention by butyrate and other products formed during gut flora-mediated fermentation of dietary fibre. Mutat Res. 2009 Jul-Aug;682(1):39-53.
Reason 5: You’ll be helping the environment
A recent NYT article revealed the high impact meat has on our planet, and how what you eat matters not just for your health, but the health of our earth.
Take the quiz to see what impact your choices make! https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/30/dining/climate-change-food-eating-habits.html