“Plant-based” has been a bit of a buzzword lately, and there are a lot of different reasons you might want to explore a more plant-based diet. Maybe you watched a documentary, your doctor might have recommended it, or maybe you just want to reduce how much meat you eat. But what is a “plant-based” diet? If you find yourself confused by all the information out there, never fear! Health Coach Kelsea is here to demystify plant-based eating in this week’s webinar.
Eating plant-based means that your meals are centered around plant foods, and there is less reliance on animal products in your diet. Animal products are foods like meat, dairy, eggs, fish, and seafood. It doesn’t mean you have to remove them from your diet completely, just that you shift the focus of meals from animal products to plants. Animal products become a side dish, a condiment, or a flavor enhancer as opposed to the main event we so often see on American plates.
Different types of plant-based diets have been shown to have a lot of health benefits. By switching over to a more plant-based way of eating, you reduce your risk of developing heart disease, certain types of cancers, and laundry list of other health conditions. Research also finds that people who eat more plant-based tend to have better blood sugar management if they have diabetes, better weight management, and increased longevity. Plant-based diets can also help improve mood, energy, and reduce inflammation.
The benefits don’t stop at personal health – eating more plants and less meat is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment as well. As an added bonus, your wallet will thank you, too, since most whole plant foods are some of the least expensive foods around.
on May 12, 2020. Heather is a Certified Diabetes Educator, has been a Registered Dietitian for over 12 years and is Brook's Health Director.
Always be sure to reach out to your healthcare team when making changes to your diet. There are certain conditions and medications that need to be considered. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, and you are on medications for those conditions, be sure to test more frequently when making dietary changes to avoid lows.