If you’re tired of feeling sluggish and overweight, following are a few tips which have massively helped me since trying to follow more of a plant-based diet.
If you’re anything like me you came away from the ‘What The Health’ documentary with wide eyes.
I’ve only been experimenting with a 100% plant-based diet for less than a week and already I’ve noticed a much higher sense of well-being.
I also haven’t suffered from a protein shortage or calcium deficiency either, in case you’re one of the many who worry about this issue.
You might have seen Bill Clinton talking up being Vegan – and other celebs and political figures going vegan, why not the rest of us?
Animal foods are more processed than even some of the more processed plant-based choices people avoid at the store.
Considering that these animals based diets are linked to all sorts of health issues, it’s nuts for us to spend millions every year on an industry that causes suffering, destroys the environment, and causes us health problems.
As rates of cancer and diabetes increase, one has to wonder if this has to do with the animal production being higher than ever and fast food restaurants serving up more animal foods that are cheaper per meal than whole, plant-based meal offerings.
Though you and I can’t change this overnight, we can change our health by eating a plant-based diet. I reckon if you choose the vegan route, you’d not only feel better, but animal production demand would significantly decrease. A plant-based diet is more economical, especially if you eat in-season and eat local produce.
Check out some of these health benefits of going getting plant-powered, and start eating more plants this week. By filling your plate up with the good stuff, there’s less room for the acidic animal foods that leave you sluggish and tired.
1.First Big Benefit – Weight Loss
If you’re consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet (especially one that’s low in fat and processed sugars), you’re going to lose weight. A food high in raw, clean whole foods may improve your chances at losing weight even more, even though cooked foods may help with nutrient absorption.
Weight loss naturally occurs when you consume more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than you do animal fats and proteins. Experts say that within two weeks of a plant-based diet, most people lose five pounds without going hungry or feeling deprived. You’ll also likely also experience less constipation and better sleep on a plant-based diet, along with less inflammation and lower risks of diabetes.
2. Reduce Your Chances of Nasty Cancers
A low fat, whole foods plant-based diet is the number one way to improve your chances at avoiding cancer risks (while also avoiding smoking and alcohol, of course). Animal foods have been linked to cancer, especially colon and breast cancer.
3. Give A Big One to Punch to Cholesterol
Speaking of lower cholesterol, it’s one of the main benefits you’ll receive from embracing plant-based foods. Most people don’t know that plants contain NO cholesterol, even saturated sources like coconut and cacao.
While you should balance your fat intake no matter if you’re vegan or not, a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to lower cholesterol. Consider this: one egg has twice the amount of cholesterol as a fast food hamburger and fish contains almost or even more cholesterol than meat or poultry, depending on the type you eat.
Plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can actually lower rates of cholesterol and heart disease.
4.Improve Your Blood Sugar Balance
The number one way to fight high blood sugar is to eat more fiber. Its slows down absorption of sugars in the blood stream and as a result can help improve how hungry you are all day long, not to mention balance your cortisol levels that cause stress. Animal foods have been found to raise blood sugar, despite the myth that they help fight it.
5.Your Blood Pressure Reading WILL Improve
Many people living a plant-based diet automatically have lower blood pressure due to a higher intake of potassium-rich foods. Potassium helps lower blood pressure that leads to stress and anxiety.
Most all whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and all fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of potassium and Vitamin B6 (which also helps lower blood pressure). Meat and most all animal foods contain little to no potassium and actually raise blood pressure and cholesterol.
Be sure if you eat a plant-based diet you choose one from clean, whole foods to optimize all of these benefits. If you’ve tried a plant-based diet what have been your biggest benefits? What about your problems, concerns? Please post in the comments below.
I hope this short blog post has given you some motivation to give a plant-based diet a chance.
One benefit I would suggest is not going “All In” straight away.
Why not switch to a plant-based diet once or twice a week to start with?