I know I talk about this a lot, but I just want to remind you all why eating a plant-based diet is so good for your health, and for the planet too. This is something I am crazily passionate about and hopefully you are too. We have all got to live here, so we may as well take as much care of our planet as we do of our bodies!
10 reasons to eat a plant-based diet…
1. Reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
By eating a plant-based diet, we can reduce the risk of clogging up the arteries and capillaries within the body. Animal products and processed foods can be rich in saturated fat and cholesterol – which are a major contributor to both heart disease and diabetes. A plant-based diet typically allows the body to eliminate fats that store themselves not only on the outside of the body but around the organs and within your cardiovascular system.
2. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates famous quote is even more relevant today, with the rise of diet related illnesses. Living food is medicine for the body and is proven to contribute towards lower rates of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, strokes and even Alzheimers.
3. Stay in shape easily
The body is able to break down and use plant-based food in the correct way because it is designed to break it down and use it properly for energy. It does not have to work as hard as it does to break down red meat and processed food.
4. Showing kindness to animals
Eating an 80% plant-based food, reduces the amount of meat and dairy on your plate. When you buy meat and fish, make sure that you know it’s origins – that the animal has had a good life and death, that it is organic and hasn’t been pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics, and that fish is from a sustainable source. Modern factory farming methods are not conducive to happy and healthy animals.
5. Incredible new foods and dishes to experience
There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world. This opens up a whole new world of different healthy foods and exciting recipes.
6. Improve your body fat and still get enough protein
Meat and dairy are difficult for the body to digest – they can take up much of your energy and can leave you tired. For those worried about lack of protein – look at these facts; Rice is 8% protein, corn 11% protein, oatmeal 15% protein, beans 27% protein and for example, mixing beans and rice together provides a “complete” protein” for your meal. Plant protein comes from a lower fat source than animal protein, therefore you will be low in body fat all year and look great!
7. Plants are 80% water
This means they give you a more hydrated body, which in turn keeps your skin looking young and fresh.
8. Reduce cravings
Eating a plant-based diet actually makes you suffer from much less cravings. The cravings are often your body asking for more nutrients but if the body has what it needs via your diet it stops asking for more food.
9. Become happier
When you don’t eat animal foods, you don’t ingest stress hormones the animals produce before they are killed. People who eat a predominantly plant based diet report less anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue. Higher levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients in plant-based foods can elevate the mood and also give the feel good factor, plus fight of illnesses and diseases often associated with the western diet of high sugar, salts and saturated fats. When you combine more plant-based food with daily exercise, lower body fat levels will also begin to appear as a cool side effect!
10. Be kind to the planet.
If the world embraced a higher plant-based diet, thus reducing animal agriculture, this would have positive benefits for the planet by reducing the impact of climate change, rainforest destruction and pollution, whilst saving water and other precious resources.
If you do eat a lot of meat try cutting down maybe a couple of days a week and having just plant-based foods. Your body will soon get used to this change and start to feel amazing very quickly!