Plant-Based Lifestyle: What's it all about?
Curious about a plant-based lifestyle but wondering what it’s all about? Here are your most common questions answered.
Why do people adopt a plant based lifestyle?
Health- Prevents and reverses chronic diseases. An easy way to maintain a healthy weight.
Mindfulness- Being aware of how your food choices effect all living beings-your health, animal welfare and the environment.
Environmental factors- It's an environmentally friendly & sustainable nutrition lifestyle.
Animal Welfare- It's a kind and respectful nutrition lifestyle to animals as living beings.
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What Can I Eat?
An abundance of delicious foods!!!
Veggies- leafy greens (kale, collards..), broccoli, zucchini….
Fruit- apples, berries, bananas, kiwis…..
Tubers- sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets…
Whole Grains-brown rice, quinoa, farro, whole wheat oats, whole wheat pasta…
Legumes- black beans, lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, peas, navy beans…
Nuts & Seeds
And this is just a few examples of all the amazing foods included in a Plant based Lifestyle!!
What It Excludes?
Meat- including chicken and fish
Highly refined foods- bleached flours, refined sugars, oils
You don’t have to give up your favorite comfort foods. All you favorite recipes can be made plant-based!
What about Dairy?
Milk alternatives- coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk, hazelnut milk, flax milk
What about Eggs?
Egg Alternatives- flaxseed, bananas, apple sauce, chia seeds, silken tofu, egg replacer product, aquafaba
What about Protein?
Plants have protein!!
A plant-based diet consuming a wide variety of grains, bean, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds will provide you with the proper amount of protein and essential nutrients you will need.
Strong evidenced based research has shown that animal proteins cause chronic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
Strong evidence based research has shown that plant-based nutrition can reverse and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, obesity and some form of cancer.
Will My Food Shopping Bill Increase?
As with any type of food the ingredients can range from inexpensive to expensive and this is no different with a plant-based diet.
GREAT NEWS -plant-based foods are often inexpensive- Beans, potatoes, grains, vegetables and fruits are some of the cheapest foods at the grocery store.
Look through your fridge and your cabinets and see what you currently have in your home. You might be pleasantly surprised that you actually have a lot of plant-based food already there.
Meal planning for the week can be a great way to reduce food shopping cost and ensure that you have plenty of healthy and delicious meals available at home.
How Do I Dine Out?
Happycow.com- a great website to locate vegan friendly restaurants.
Preview the menu prior to going to restaurant or call ahead.
Most importantly don’t feel like your bothering people by asking for accommodations. You are being responsible for your health and wellness.
Giving It a Try!
Start by choosing one meal to make plant-based. For example, try plant based breakfast for a week and then the next week add on plant-based lunches etc.
Work with a coach- This is a great way to get the information you need and fast track implementing a plant-based nutrition lifestyle with ease.