Eat More Plants
Why Load your plate up with plant foods?
There is no denying the research that a diet rich in plant foods will help you live longer, prevent health issues, maintain a healthier weight, and be more energized.
When adding more plants to your plate, you will get increased phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plants are also lower in calories and act to fill you up without weighing you down. Be sure to include a variety of fresh plant foods as packaged vegetarian and vegan products can be just as caloric and poor nutritional quality as any packaged food.
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower weight
- Higher HDL
- Higher energy levels
- Better mental function
- Lower risk of almost all poor health outcomes (cancer, mental decline, obesity, diabetes, ...)
- Lower environmental impact
- More mindful eating
Why is meat bad?
It isn't!! Animal products can supply beneficial nutrients to any diet. The problem lies with balance. Most people eat too much animal foods which doesn't leave enough room on the plate (or in the stomach) for plant foods. Skipping on plants is the problem. So don't worry about giving up your meat, the goal is to eat a little less animal and a lot more plant.
What can I eat on a plant based diet?
Plant based eating doesn't have to be about chewing celery sticks for breakfast lunch and dinner; there are so many foods to start including!!! Fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, rices, whole grains, seeds, nuts... So many options!
How to get started...
- Check out my vegan diet plan for starter ideas! You don't have to go vegan, but it will give you an idea of how to transition your eating.
- Start with one day a week, like Meatless Monday. This will help focus your efforts without being overwhelming.
- Try a Vegan until dinner approach. Mark Bittman made this approach mainstream with his book "Vegan before 6".
- Try a new plant based recipe every day to keep things interesting and learn new flavors + foods.
- Go shopping! Explore your market's selection of plant foods and fill your kitchen with new staples like lentils, brown rice, miso and chickpeas.
- Host a plant potluck. Everything is more fun when you involve friends so invite your squad over and have them each contribute a plant based meal and recipe.