How and Why to Start Eating a Plant Based Diet

How and Why to Start Eating a Plant Based Diet

Eliminating Meat Means Eating More Vegetables, Fruits, Beans and Whole Grains, Nuts and Seeds:

The obvious health benefits for eating a plant-based diet are to be healthier, lose excess fat, heal chronic diseases or work to prevent them, look better, feel better, have more energy, feel younger, slimmer, and more energetic. What’s not to love?

Contrary to Popular Opinion, You Don’t Have to Change Overnight:

You can start by adding more plant-based foods to your diet, while at the same time cutting back on animal products. You’ll especially want to eliminate those foods that are non-organic, processed, or refined. Clean eating foods in their natural state instead of after they’ve been highly processed and supplemented by too much sugar, salt and fat. Making gradual changes and assessing how you are feeling along the way is important to making a successful transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Where Will You Get Your Protein From?

Everywhere! Plants are loaded with protein and are healthier sources of it than meat. Thirty grams of protein per meal is often recommended. Soybeans are one of only two complete plant proteins, the other one being quinoa. Edamame, immature soybeans are another way to enjoy them. And, at 22 grams of protein per cup, they’re a very tasty way to get plenty. Beans and rice, eaten together also make a complete protein. In other words, provide all the enzymes needed, not made by the body, to absorb, digest and use the nutrients to function at the highest level. Compared to a cup of chopped chicken, which has about 35 grams of protein, you’ll also take in lots of fat, especially the bad kind for your heart, saturated fats, unlike when eating edamame, soybeans or quinoa.

But, What Else is There to Eat Besides Meat?

Some of the highest other plant protein foods are lentils, broccoli, asparagus, peas, pumpkin seeds (once shelled, called pepitas) and sprouts. These and many other plant based foods can provide you with the fiber, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids, which are critical to reduce bad cholesterol levels, help your heart, lower your blood pressure, and stabilize to a healthy body weight.

The Rewards Can be a Better Mood and Feeling Happier:

Animals won’t be the only ones happy with your plant-based move. So will you! One reason why: Compared to vegetarian diets, omnivorous ones contain more arachidonic acid, which can spur neurological changes that drag down mood, according to a 2012 Nutrition Journal study.

What Now?

I’ve provided hundreds of easy, healthy and flavorful recipes on this website that you can use on your journey to better health. It takes a few weeks to allow your taste buds to adapt to healthier meals, so I’ve made these plant based recipes as tasty and delicious as possible! It’s important to not feel denied, overly hungry, or be left with only junk food options instead of healthy delicious choices. Plan ahead with pre-prepared meals, healthy snacks, and meal planning, to help support you with making better menu choices.

Have You Read the Top Ten Health Tips?

It has a broader explanation of the fundamentals needed to improve your diet. It’s Physician approved, fundamental tips and information that helped me start my successful plan to a longer and healthier life. You can read that now at Ten Tips to Make Eating Healthier Easier. Or, go directly to my recipes gallery to see what looks good! Below are links to some of my favorite recipes for each meal for you to make:

Breakfast: Tangerine Coconut Quinoa Porridge, Coconut Cream Pie Oatmeal, Easy Black Bean Breakfast Side with Scrambled Eggs, Overnight Refrigerator Steel Cut Oats, or, Overnight Vanilla Chia Pudding.

Lunch: Apple Raspberry Spinach Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Mason Jar Taco Salad (if you’re not ready to give up meat but want to eat healthier), Ten Minute Spinach Edamame, Tomato and Egg Salad, Ten Minute Winter Greens and Dried Fruit Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing.

Snacks: Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Cinnamon Dip, Ten Minute Cranberry Date Almond Dessert Balls, Rainbow Vegetable Roll-ups, Five Minute Raspberry Banana Protein Smoothie, Sweet and Mildly Spicy Nuts and Grains Mix

Dinner: Slow Cooker Easy Enchilada Soup, Not Ready to Give up Meat but want more vegetables Pasta Fagioli , Instant Pot Black Beans Tomatoes Corn Wrap Filling, Creamy Crispy Vegetarian Quesadillas, Edamame Tomato Carrot Cous Cous Pilaf Salad.

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