like a good farm fresh egg or little bit of grass-fed beef once in a while, but
I do eat about 90-95% plant based and I’ve never felt better. Our bodies are
designed to digest plant foods and the health benefits are extensive. You don’t
have to be 100% vegan to reap the benefits- starting small and including more
fruits and veggies in your diet is great way to start! Think about adding more plant foods to your diet
rather than taking away animal foods.
Why should we be eating more plants?
Free yourself from counting calories. You can easily maintain a healthy weight
with a plant-based diet. Plant-based foods are nutrient dense but calorically
dilute because of the fiber – helping you feel full on fewer calories.
Furthermore, when your cells are nourished with the nutrients they need your
body stops craving fatty and sugary foods that are typical of the American
Better digestion!Fiber is only found in plant foods.
Additionally, meat and dairy are harder and take more energy for the body to
digest compared to plant foods that move through the digestive tract rather
quickly and are much easier for the body to digest.
High animal protein intake increases metabolic acid, causing the body to draw
calcium from the bones, weakening them and leading to osteoporosis and bone
fractures. Asians consume less than 1/3 the dairy we do and have almost zero
cases of osteoporosis. Eating dark leafy greens while avoiding animal
foods and processed foods provides plenty of dietary calcium without increasing
risk of osteoporosis. A cup of cooked collards has 348 mg of calcium, while a
cup of 2% milk only has 246 mg! [source]
Improved athletic performance- plant foods put less stress on the body so
athletes who eat a plant based diet can train more because they recover from
training in a shorter time. Whether you like to casually workout or seriously
train for an event, a plant based diet benefits all active people! Check out
Brendan Brazier’s books Thrive and Thrive
Foods for more information-
Vitamins and supplements do not give you long-term protection
against disease. A plant-based diet does.
The effect of dietary protein is so powerful, that changing the levels consumed
effectively turns cancer growth on or off. Particularly, casein, the protein
found in dairy, promotes cancer cell growth. You can read more about Dr. Colin
Campbell’s research here or watch the movie, Forks Over Knives.
Dairy products are linked to acne and skin irritation- fruits and veggies are
full of vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamin
C to nourish your skin. [source]
A plant based diet is the only diet with over 40 years of scientific data
proving not only does eating plant based prevent disease, but it can also
reverse disease including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Three cheers for veggies!