It seems we love our dietary extremes.
Contrary to what you may have heard, plant-based eating is not radical. In fact, eating plant-based doesn’t even necessarily mean you give up eating meat or animal products. My definition of plant-based eating is a diet that is centered around plant foods that may or may not be seasoned with meat or animal products.
A plant-based diet is one that focuses on plants–one that is plant-centric. It’s exciting, colorful, tasty and with lots of texture. It does not necessarily mean that someone adopting a more plant-based diet abstains from meat all together. There are different types of plant-based diets ranging from Vegan (no animal products), to a more flexible approach such as the Flexitarian diet. Often times I promote a Flexitarian pattern which seeks to incorporate more plant-based foods into your existing diet. So instead of subtracting or cutting out, we focused on foods to add—a concept known as crowding out.
Benefits associated with plant-based diets are too many to mention, but here are the most notable:
- Lower body weight, weight loss
- Eat more, weigh less (plant-based diets are typically lower in calories)
- Decrease risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases
- Reversal of atherosclerosis
- Reduced inflammation
- Healthy gut microbiome
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduce risk of cancer
- Better brain health
- Increased intake of important nutrients and fiber
If you would like to learn more about the benefits associated with plant-based eating, visit http://www.nutritionfacts.org which is a website dedicated to providing evidence-based nutrition advice. Adopting a more plant-based diet is exciting and fun, but can undoubtedly be intimidating to some. Below are some practical and simple suggestions. I’d encourage you to start gradually and build your culinary skills as you go.
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