Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Very often we need to look at the commitment that we’ve made to ourselves to eat a healthier diet. Whether it’s raw-vegan or eating more vegetables or deciding to exclude gluten from your life, we have to really look at the benefits. Why am I doing this? What’s the pay off? What am I going to get out of it? What results am I going to see? And honestly, if you’re not really doing what you’re committed to in your actions and daily life, then you’re not going to see those results.
For me, I’ve realized how beneficial and important a plant-based diet is. And I have to say, the research and evidence surrounding it is so compelling that if it’s time to make a change, then you can be assured that your commitment is going to pay off if you decide to include more plant-based foods into your life.
Not only is a plant-based diet more economical, especially if you eat in season and eat local produce, it also has so many health benefits–lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, lower risk of cancer, weight loss, etc.
Lower blood sugar leads to better moods, brighter skin, a better feeling when you wake up, and an all round boost to your health. The best way to lower your blood sugar is to eat moderate amounts of organically grown local fruits and a high fiber plant-based diet. The fiber slows the absorption of sugars in the blood stream, and will also help improve your cravings.
When you’re eating a plant-based diet, you’re taking in higher in potassium foods, and potassium has been know to lower blood pressure so has vitamin B6, which is also found in a plant-based diet. So there’s a good chance that if you commit to a plant-based diet, than your blood pressure will lower. Another benefit is lower cholesterol. Plants contain no cholesterol, so it’s easy to see how adopting a plant-based diet would lower your cholesterol. Potassium is only one of many minerals you will most likely benefit from when eating a whole food diet. Vitamins (especially antioxidants) and minerals have been proven to be best consumed in whole food form not in supplement form.
Research has also proven that a low fat, whole foods plant-based diet is the best way to improve your chances of avoiding cancer. And if that and all the other reasons weren’t reason enough, by consuming a whole foods, plant-based diet, you will lose weight naturally because of the fiber, vitamins, and minerals you’ll be consuming.
If you know that you “should” be eating whole foods from their source and you are struggling to follow through consistently, a session with me may help as it has many. Call me to set up and time.