What is Plant-Based Nutrition and What About Meat?
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Glad you asked! These are two of the most common questions I get. Plant foods are designed to help us reach an optimal state of health and include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. They provide all the macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) our bodies need. Basically they are the nutrient-dense foods provided by nature. Plant-based does not include animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and highly processed packaged foods, and allows only small quantities of oils.
Here’s a few things that start to happen when you fuel your body with whole, plant-based foods:
Skin becomes clear and starts to glow; excess kilos fall off and the body recalibrates to its natural weight; bowel movements become regular; you gain mental clarity and focus; moods become stable; depression / anxiety lessens and can be resolved; joint and body pain dissipate; menopause symptoms lessen and disappear; autoimmune symptoms lessen and can eventually disappear; chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes can be prevented, controlled and reversed. (Read that last one again – impressive right?!)
Here’s the thing. I believe in progress not perfection. For those who aren’t chronically ill, I suggest a transition process that is sustainable long-term. That might mean eating meat once or twice a week until their taste buds adapt and no longer crave it. Becoming plant-based is actually easier than you might think but doing it in a way that helps you stay ON the wagon is the best approach.
I’m curious – would you or have you ever considered going plant-based? I’d love to hear your thoughts!