I want to kick start this new wellness, health and fitness oriented category with a little talk about plant-based eating. I am by no means advocating that this style of diet is for everyone since it has not been clinically proven so far. However, I want to share my knowledge about eating mostly plant foods and the impact it has on my life.
If this article inspires you to eat more plants, that would be incredible. Nevertheless, in case you are thinking about a drastic diet change, I would recommend you to consult a specialist in the field of nutrition. Of course, you can also make use of online sources but please mainly look into evidence-based articles. I will link up some sources at the end of this post.
The Science Behind A Plant-Based Diet
There is currently a lot of scientific information available, advocating a variety of diets. In most cases, these studies all come with differing valuable insights into the realms of nutrition. This also showcases that there might not be a one-size-fits-all solution to healthy eating. Personally, I find the data on plant-based eating the most convincing. However, I slipped into this way of eating for other health reasons. Those I will discuss in an upcoming video. So, stay tuned.
When it comes to the consumption of meat, there are several studies published claiming that meat contains a high amount of saturated fats, trans-fats, and heme iron. The mentioned components are thought to be less healthy for the human body and therefore should be consumed in moderation. Other studies found further evidence that meat, fish, dairy, and eggs can potentially increase our exposure to dietary antibiotics, industrial toxins, mercury and other toxic heavy metals.
Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis by The Imperial College of London looked into the maximum amount of fruits and vegetables we should eat each day to get the maximum protection against early death and disease. By studying 2 million people, they found that 10 portions (800g) of fruits and vegetables per day can be associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and dying prematurely. The phenomenon is attributed to the number of beneficial nutrients consumed by eating plant foods.
By any means, it is important to keep all your nutritional needs in mind. Regardless of which foods you are consuming, it is necessary to eat a wide variety of foods in order to get enough nutrients to live healthily. Hence, a plant-based eater has to supplement with B12 since this nutrient is only available in high-quality animal foods, fortified plant foods, and supplements.
The Reasons For Incorporating More Plant-Foods
- A plant-based diet is everything but dull. As you can see on my Instagram and the images below, there is a great variety of plant foods available for you to enjoy. My diet has never been more exciting, creative, varied, and colorful.
- Plant-based eaters might experience higher energy levels. Eating a plant-based diet is also associated with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels, insulin resistance and C-reactive protein levels.
- It is also possible to maintain a lower body weight, due to lower calorie density of most plant foods. Studies show that plant-based diets can help with maintaining a healthier BMI.
- Eating plant-based diets appears to enhance athletic recovery without decreasing the benefits of exercise.
- According to the above-mentioned 10 a day meta-analysis and other studies, plant foods reduce the risks of getting severely sick.
- The abundance of vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables can potentially lead to clearer and more radiant skin. Studies have shown a reduction of acne in patients switching to a plant-based diet. An increase in confidence predicted, don’t you think?
- Improved digestion. These days a standard eater does not consume the required amount of fiber. However, fruits, vegetables, and grains provide you with higher amounts of fiber aiding digestion and therefore enhancing bodily comfort.
- Feeling healthy from the insight automatically shows on the outside. Hence, you will feel better with or without clothes on and simply as a person in regard to confidence levels and vibrancy.
Okay, I’ll stop here. I guess you get the point. There is so much more information to share. However, I’ll keep any further information for upcoming articles. As you might have noticed, I am in love with plant-based eating and am very happy to eat this way. If you are interested in eating a plant-based diet, feel free to further educate yourself. There are so many valuable articles and documentaries out there. However, be aware of the false information. I always think, in the end, you are the one making a conscious choice by deciding what feels good for your mind and body.
Have a beautiful day, filled with fruit and veg, obviously!