PLANT-BASED EATING FOR IMPROVED HEALTH
Plant-based eating for improved health does not have to be a change made quickly. Of course it can be, but like anything else, slow and steady wins the race. In this case the race if towards better health.
I would like to note the difference between eating a plant-based diet and living a vegan lifestyle. Vegans do not eat meat or consume/use ANY animal product. We also avoid the use of anything that includes the exploitation of, or cruelty to animals. A plant-based diet does not go this far. Let’s concentrate on that today.
HELP YOUR HEALTH AND MORE!
Improved cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, better cardiac health and increased gut health are specific ways that plant-based food will lead you to health gains. Nutritional gains include the fact that plant-based foods are rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. These antioxidants and nutrients will lower inflammation and decrease cancer risk. Also, by eating a plant-based diet you will be helping the environment (a topic of its’ own for another day) and avoiding the consumption of all antibiotics and hormones consumed daily by millions of meat eaters.
EASE INTO IT
In Harvard Health Publishing’s What is a plant-based diet and why you should try it? you will find a fabulous list of ways to get started. Also, there is an explanation of a variety of diets and what they contain.
My own experience has been a slow journey that started at Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary and continues today. It has not been a journey of weight loss and as you notice, weight loss has not been listed in my paragraph about helping your health. Weight loss can happen, but is not always going to happen. It depends on you and your food choices when you begin your journey. Regardless of weight loss, the other health benefits are real. In my case my cholesterol and blood pressure have improved.
I am not much of a cook and I love carbohydrates. Veggies are not my favourite and so when I had an overwhelming desire to make this change I actually gained weight. Now, all these years later I am focusing on learning to cook simple and easy vegan meals, cooking more veggies and include meat substitutes in my life. Decreasing added sugars is also part of my plan. This is not necessary as a part of a commitment to eating plant-based. I can tell you there are MANY YUMMY sugary treats available in plant-only versions.
As time goes by, I will detail in separate posts how each of these health improvements happen with a move to plant-based eating. Some like improvement in cholesterol are pretty obvious. Cholesterol is found in animal products only. Plants are very low in saturated fats and free of cholesterol. Blood pressure is improved by the richness of potassium in the food. Also, your blood will thin, which helps both blood pressure and cardiac status.
I was 54-years-old before plant-based eating for improved health took me to a place of understanding that “you are what you eat.” My decision was also a moral one. The lesson is this – INCREASE plant consumption, INCREASE HEALTH.